About the founders: Katherine H. Ostergaard and Annette Polanco
Being raised in a household where their grandmother had 7 girls, was a seamstress who could make anything without a pattern and also a grandfather who never saw a mirror he didn’t like and always with a comb in hand, it is not a surprise that they became infatuated with everything related to beauty.
Katherine and Annette’s mother was also heavily involved in the beauty industry as a professional hair stylist, who was always on top of the latest trend. She encouraged their individuality and self expression from an early age.
Whether it was a hairbrush, makeup brush, a yard of fabric, or even a camera to capture it all, the girls surrounded themselves with opportunities to pave the way for their dreams to come true. With hard work and perseverance Atelier 22 was born, providing a vessel for Fresa’s hair care line to come into fruition.
Katherine and Annette were raised in a household where paying it forward was instilled in them from a very young age. It is their hope that Atelier 22 will add to the legacy of their late, dear grandmother Fresa Hernandez. Fresa was a key factor to their upbringing and gave them their work ethic and values.
Born on 2/22/22 in the Dominican Republic, Fresa was no stranger to hard times and those experiences are what led to her instilling in her granddaughters the importance of charity and philanthropy.
Katherine and Annette have honored their grandmother’s legacy through Atelier 22 by incorporating her infamous 2’s into their company name, as well as introducing her name as their product brand. The journey has been years in the making and the girls look forward to the continued growth of their company and brand, as well as adding to their loving grandmother’s legacy by making Fresa, a household name.