Born in England, Sally Penn grew up in New Zealand and studied at the Sydney College of the Arts in Australia. She moved to New York in 1994 and soon after was selling her designs at Steven Alan's downtown boutique. Penn's show was full of perfect looks for hip East Village girls. In addition to her signature sporty separates such as striped sleeveless tops, hip-slung pants and tennis-style skirts, she showed cowl-neck tops and dresses.