As a young girl, along with her mother and sister, Doe Deere (originally Xenia Vorotova) came to the United States from Russia with high hopes and very little money. After their arrival, the allure of the land of opportunity proved to be more of a struggle in reality, and the three small women found themselves working and scraping to generate basic survival money.
Fearlessly, the three plodded on and struggled, eventually finding themselves taking residence in a homeless shelter. Undaunted, the three worked hard, with Doe continually drawing her designs during her rare time off work. Eventually, with talent and a bit of ingenuity, her abilities found their way to a coalition designed to help women. She was offered a scholarship based on her skills and rudimentary designs, ultimately providing her with the opportunity to develop the Lime Crime cosmetics line. Ms. Deere’s love of animals plays a prominent role in Lime Crime’s commitment to cruelty-free and vegan manufacturing standards. Her sister was also awarded a college scholarship, graduating with honors.
This year, after ten successful years running Lime Crime and with a husband and baby adding to her busy schedule, she (along with her sister) has created Poppy Angeloff. This new fashion site is invisible to the public, with access gained through a membership-like registration process. Featuring petite and unique jewelry selections, this site is yet another reflection of Doe Deere’s one-of-a-kind fashion vision. Frustrated with the meager selection of statement jewelry for women of small stature, Doe went about creating her own designs. Her style sensibilities were – once again – so warmly received that some styles sold out immediately.
When looking for a contemporary immigrant success story, one need look no further than Doe Deere. Her belief in her abilities, her fearlessness and tireless work ethic have proven the key to achieving her own “American Dream.”