Sequoia enrolled at the Fashion Institute of New York with the intention of pursuing a career in Fashion Buying and Merchandising. But living so close to Seventh Avenue, soon she was inspired to major in fashion design instead.
Her Moda Mutes Collection of futuristic looking casual wear and clubwear made a huge splash on the New York fashion scene and appeared in displays at Bloomingdales, Patricia Fields and Henri Bendels.
Later, drawing on her own Caribbean heritage, she designed outfits for Jamaican musician, Jimmy Cliff, and his bandmates. Her time in the reggae and rastafari of Jamaican culture led her to launch her Ites International Label. Sequoia’s timeless designs have been described as “fashions fit for royalty” and have appeared on popular Reggae musicians, comedian Phyllis Diller, Iyanla Vanzant and Jeremiah Wright.