Frederique Dessemond, owner and designer of ginette_ny, is originally from Marseille, France. She studied art history in Aix-en-Provence and later at La Sorbonne in Paris. Still a practicing painter, Dessemond has exhibited her art worldwide. In 1999, she relocated to New York City where she worked for accessory and fashion designer Paige Novick. In 2001, Dessemond pursued her own fashion interests. Inspired by previous interior design work she had done in France reworking old furniture pieces, Dessemond began transforming vintage clothing accessories into new pieces and creating jewelry. While selling these pieces on the street, her jewelry caught the eye of a buyer for Calypso Bijoux and ginette_ny began.