Mallory Meagan McConnell was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. In the fall of 2005, Mallory relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to pursue an education at North Carolina State University. In 2009 Mallory graduated Cum Laude from the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor in Science degree in Textile and Apparel Management. In the fall of 2009, Mallory began her Master of Science in Textiles at North Carolina State University. Mallory’s research interest was sustainability and new product development for the textile and apparel industry, and finishes her masters work in May of 2011.