Others found inspiration elsewhere, including close friends and family. For Ciara Chyanne, her interior designer grandmother, was a big influence on her collections. To always have a piece of her grandmother in her clothes, she uses upholstery fabrics, including blazers, skirts, and jackets. On the other hand, Krystal Phillips of Kaphill wanted to make a brand for her community. Known for her love of color and puff sleeves, she thought about how she could make comfortable clothes for her friends, and this season, she imagined a spring collection that they could wear if she got married in the South of France.
Fumi Egbon of Fumi The Label has no formal training in fashion. Growing up, she would look through magazines and never saw size-inclusive clothes that were also bright and fun, so she started a brand to address that, mainly via knitwear. She might even return to school to learn more about fashion and design to expand her business model. Beatrice Korlekie also makes knitwear, though her Victorian lace-inspired crochet tops come made to order in luxe fabrics.
Meanwhile, designers of Lurelly and Tejahn Burnett want to create well-made clothes and shoes that inspire women alongside their Los Angeles team. Tejahn Burnett also makes footwear and she makes sure to offer a wide range of shoe sizes, from 35 to 43. Her boots even fit wide calves, a rarity in the shoe market.
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