Takeiya ORIGINAL

TAKEIYA ORIGINAL (By: Takeiya Perry)

At the age of 9, I was enrolled in a sewing course at a local school in Boston.  My parents realized how passionate I was about sewing, and purchased a machine for me.  It was from that point on that I never stopped sewing.  I remember turning down play-dates with friends just to sew.  I knew that I was different because my idea of fun was asking my parents to bring me to the fabric store.  I would learn techniques from my parents friends that had a knowledge of sewing.

 In college I majored in Art and Graphic Design, because the college did not have a Fashion Design Major.  Sewing became a hobby, that I wanted to do so much more with.  I am inspired by costume designers from the silver screen, couture designs found at Red Carpet events, Project Runway, and Theater.

6 - WHAT HAS HELPED PROMOTE YOUR CAREER IN FASHION?

  In 2014 I had the honor of meeting Fashion designer Sondra Celli, at a store event at Fabric Basement.  She shared some of her designs, and how she became a fashion designer.  I was able to meet her after the conference and she gave me some pointers on how to become a fashion designer.

During Boston Fashion Week 2014, I had the pleasure of seeing clothing designed by Kinda Tuma during Boston Fashion Week.   I also had the chance to see four designers showcase their designs at Liberty Hotel's Fashionably Late.

Seeing these collections in 2014 promoted my dreams to become a career in Fashion Design.

5 - WHICH DESIGNER WOULD YOU LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE WITH?

It's hard to pick just one designer if given the opportunity. I would love to collaborate with Ziad Nakad, Jenna Lyons, and Ralph & Russo.

 

4 - WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST IN FASHION?

I am inspired the most by Chanel.

3 - HOW DO YOU BALANCE CREATIVITY WITH COMMERCE?

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2 - WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK HAVE YOU BEEN RECEIVING ON YOUR LATEST COLLECTION? HOW HAS THE 2015/2016 SEASON BEEN FOR YOU SO FAR?

To my biggest surprise, I have been receiving feedback of people who are really interested in wearing  my designs.  I have been told that my collection is unique, and edgy

 

1 - WHERE DO YOU SEE THE TAKEIYA ORIGINAL BRAND IN 5 YEARS TIME?

In 5 years, I would like to have a successful clothing business.  I would also love to be a part of costume design for a movie.  My dream is to design clothing for fashion shows, and maybe one day see my designs on the Red Carpet.

 

DeAnna Thomas

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