Interview with Swimwear Brand / Intyce Swimwear | Edition XIII
Describe your Brand As if we were all blind:
My brand is an alluring, sexy swimwear line. The silhouettes are very feminine and classy. The color palette varies each collection depending on my mood. You might see some pieces that are vibrant with fun prints which represents my free spirited, outgoing side. Or you might see some warm pieces with revealing cuts that represent my sultry and seductive side.
When did you realize you wanted to become a designer and what was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
Well I was always an artist at heart. Since I was a child, drawing and coloring were ways I expressed my thoughts and feelings. My passion for design came as I grew into an adolescent. I would design outfits in my sketch books all the time but at that time I didn’t know how to make project them. I have designed a lot of clothing but my first article of clothing I ever designed and created was a pencil skirt made with pink floral print fabric. I made it my first semester of fashion school. My teacher couldn’t believe I had sewn it so well because it was my first time ever using a sewing machine. It came out pretty awesome and neat. Matter of fact, I still have it.
Why Design Swimwear?
When I started fashion design school, I didn’t know which direction in this industry I was going with my talent. Once I took the swimwear class, I instantly fell in love with it. It was just different from designing dresses and coats to me. I knew it was my niche and I look back now I realize I went the right direction.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
When I first started off, I knew I was going to be prosperous but I didn’t know how serious and challenging this business was. I have learned these past 2 years that it is a VERY serious business. In school, they only teach you the basics like how to sew, make patterns, and how use photoshop. But all that I have learned about this business came from a lot of experience.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet changes my craft by helping me keep up with the latest styles and trends in the fashion industry. Although swimwear is hard to reinvent because of the basic cuts are always the same, I get inspired by whats new in clothing to help me add more style and edginess to my collections to give it a different look while still maintaining its purpose. It has also helped me to reach and connect with more people in the industry and most importantly consumers.
Your concepts are very unique and original is there a pressure to always maintain that consistency with your new designs?
Thank you. Yes there is pressure to maintain consistency. The way I maintain my consistency is by giving my original concepts with a unique twist. Meaning you might see a collection from me that consists of some basic silhouettes but in that same collection you will also find certain pieces that have that unique twist to them. I don’t give too much at once, I give just enough to stay up to date with the industry and to keep those following anticipated to see what comes next.
Do you consider yourself an artist?
Yes I do. Designing is a form of art. Its my way of expressing myself to the world.
Who are some people you want to interact with this year?
This year I would love to interact with more entrepreneurs and designers in the fashion industry. Especially those that can inspire and give me advice on how to maintain success as a designer. Of course I will continue to interact with my home team, Dunstr and La Vie En Rose designer, Sasha Revolus, the Fashion Designers Expo family and all the wonderful promoters such as Headliner Market Group and models that I have had the pleasure of working with. These individuals have a helping hand in the progression of Intyce Swimwear.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
My main long term goal is to make Intyce a fashion empire. I want to branch out into other ventures such as developing a children’s’ and womens’ clothing line. I would also love to get involved in charity work with foundations such Children in Distress and Make a Wish, to do fashion events to help raise money for children. And at the end be happy that I used the talent and creativity that God has blessed me with to make an impact on the world and show people that if you believe and love yourself you can accomplish anything you put your mind and heart into.