By Miriam Valverde
When word got out that Kristen Alyce wanted to start her own business, friends, family and even strangers started dumping trash on her front door.
A giant bag stuffed with shredded paper. Tons of plastic bags and cereal boxes. A box of X-rays.
The budding 20-something entrepreneur couldn’t be more grateful.
“It was like Christmas,” said the cheerful West Palm Beach resident. “I didn’t know what was on the bags, it was like opening a present to see what it was.”
The plastic bags, egg cartons, coffee filters and other recyclable material would become tools of the trade for Alyce, a fashion designer and the CEO of Garbage Gone Glam.
Garbage Gone Glam creates trendy dresses for businesses to be used at trade shows, fundraisers, marketing and special events where they want their brand to stand out and turn heads.
Its client roster includes the Palm Beach Outlets, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, a West Palm Beach Hyundai dealership, retailers, restaurants, among others.
“The dresses are all one of a kind, handmade by me,” said Alyce, 28.
Custom dresses for clients start at $2,000. There’s also dresses available on Garbage Gone Glam’s website, starting at $500.