The son of a German father and Spanish mother, Herold's interest in fashion started in high school.

The fashion-frustrated Herold joined the Pratt Institute in 1990 but left in 1992 for Marymount University's business school.

After he got his degree, Herold took jobs with Isaac Mizrahi as a production coordinator to learn the "ins and outs of the business.

After freelance gigs at Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, doing both design and production work, Herold got a full scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Going solo proved to be a good move, as the designer was awarded the 2001 "Rising Star" award by Fashion Group International.

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