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Taqee Karriem | Fashion Designer

Hello Taqee, tell us about your journey and how you became interested in the fashion industry?

Growing up as a carpenter I always constructed things with my hands, but I wasn’t really into fashion until I went off to college in NYC. There is where I realized the importance of dressing nice. Due to my large frame of 6’8, I couldn’t really find dope clothing, so I asked my mom to teach me to use a basic sewing machine, and YouTube took it from there.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

I get inspired a lot by cultural color palettes and modern utilitarianism. Those two things are abstract of each other and I like what it creates when I mash the two.

Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?

Producing my first fashion show with a very good turnout and reception was huge for me, I crafted all 30 pieces and produced the show myself, a lot of work, but it was worth it all, very proud of that.

What is success for you?

Success for me is being able to shape a little piece of the world in your creativity.

Is it hard to stay innovative?

Not so much. Being around dope people and pulling love and inspiration from them helps to fuel an abundance of creativity

Who are some people/ brands that you are influenced by?

I really love a brand called Head of state, and off white by Virgil Abloh, Virgil is a huge inspiration for me (RIP)

What do you want people to feel/learn/ or take away from viewing your work?

I want my work to inspire and remind young people around the world, especially people of color, that they are magnificent and since the spotlight is on the new generation, make sure you look fly.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start a similar path?

Focus on yourself as much as the clothing/branding

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