What does fashion mean to you?
How would you define your personal style?
What inspires you as a designer?
When did you realize that you wanted to become a fashion designer? And how did you get into designing?
It was about late 2009 when I realized that I wanted to take it more serious and no longer make it just a hobby, but rather a career. For my 8th grade graduation field trip to Great America, I made my very first design ever, a pair of stitched Kobe Bryant jean shorts. The very next year, as a freshman in high school, the same design came out in stores worldwide. Then, I knew nothing about trademarks and copyrights, I just thought people really liked my design(s). Throughout high school I kept making clothes, and people really liked what I was making, and that is how I got to where I am now.
What is the meaning behind Life In Clothes?
I feel that in life we display different types of looks that we dress according to like the everyday look, the party type of night life look, and a casual/relaxed look. So for the meaning behind Life In Clothes, I plan to dress these different types of looks into clothing, but with style in every design that I create.
What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
Well for the past 2 ½ years of working my designer skills, I’ve done numerous fashion shows around the city. I have also had my very own show that I produced with just my clothing designs of 29 pieces. My next show will be in July of this year. To stay up to date with show details follow my blog at http://www.licloth.blogspot.com). I’ve also been a designer at the 2011 Emerge Trade Show in Miami. I have been featured in the True Star Magazine under "Star Moguls," in various newspaper articles and fashion blog interviews. I have done many independent photo shoots of my collection. I've recently received a distribution deal in Europe, which is still under negotiation. I was just invited to the Young Designer Awards in London this October, plus many more accomplishments. I am currently looking to drop my first collection in stores in the 4th quater of this year. I am constantly working on something new for my brand until my official release date…which is coming soon!!!
Who are some of your favorite designers?
I would say FUBU because of how they came and made a massive destruction to the fashion industry at the time they did it, and POLO Ralph Lauren. I think those are really my only 2 (lol). Other than that, I think I look up to more of the business people who branched off into the fashion industry and became successful with it like Dame Dash, Russell Simmons, T.I., and Diddy.
What matters most to you as a fashion designer?
To be able to be free! Free to create my art and put it into clothing designs! Just being me when it comes to designing. Never following the trend, but always being myself. I believe people will respect me and my brand more for that.
What advice do you have for aspiring designers?
Be you and stay true to who you are as a designer. Don’t make designs for others. Make clothes to your design, because the moment you start to make your designs for others, will be the moment you start to follow the trend, and you will fade away as all trends do!
What's next for you and LIC?
As for now, I am looking to put my “Designer Collection”, which is what I hand sew myself, into a boutique. I have my upcoming show in July, which will be a FREE show in downtown Chicago, and I am working on the official release of my brand in stores the 4th quarter of this year. Lastly, I am displaying my collection at the Young Designer Awards in London this October.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
I have a blogspot that I frequently update at www.licloth.blogspot.com, my website is www.lifeinclothes.webs.com. You can request me on Facebook under the name, Ramal Shine and follow me on twitter @LIFEINCLOTHES. For personal design orders, you can contact me via email at LICLOTH@GMAIL.COM.
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