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"If you’re going to understand anything about No/R, you need to understand this: Stephanie Hasham is no shrinking violet.

When Stephanie was 14 years old, she knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. "I told my Dad I wanted to have a fashion boutique," she remembers. "I didn’t know the first thing about being a business owner, but I knew I wanted to do it." From her home on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, she dreamed of creative ways to bring her Afro-Caribbean heritage to the world at large. "I wanted to create something useful… and gorgeous," she adds with a smile.  

Her best friend, Vivica Spong, doubled as her partner in crime. Friends since age five, Stephanie and Vivica were like sisters. They always dreamed of doing something creative together, but never really made concrete plans. Stephanie and Vivica sketched out ideas, but the momentum of daily life kept pushing their dreams to the back burner. They didn’t realize their time was limited..."