Photos by Dustin Wayne Harris
LADYSHIP will also be launching a line of luxury luggage, handbags, and accessories, can you tell us more about your lifestyle lines? Yes. When I first got the inspiration for LADYSHIP it was originally going to be handbags, then I decided to create it as a completely new brand starting with swimwear. I spend a lot of my time in the sun and find it very difficult to find great bikinis that are both comfortable and long lasting. In your recent launch in NYC, guests were able to see the first view of luxury materials chosen for the swimwear. Can you tell us about the process you took in designing this
line? (IE. fabrics, timeline, fabrics, execution, stories etc.) It’s taken over a year of sourcing and finding the right manufacturers with the same vision. I knew what shapes could work as good wardrobe swimwear staples and popular shapes which I can build on as the brand matures over time. What are your favorite beach destinations in the world? Bahamas, Exumas and Harbor Island and Barbados. I’ve been visiting regularly since my teens and feel at home there. I also enjoy Malindi in Kenya and the Seychelles. What do you want people to know about you as a recognized entrepreneur that your
fans and followers may not already know? Fashion I feel is in my blood! I’ve always loved it, and I have designed all sorts of things including I had an electronic cigarette called the “smokestik royale.” I have always been ahead of my time, as that was 8 years ago and back then no one believed me it would take off! What advice can you offer to a new entrepreneur? Advice is to keep chasing your dreams and be persistent because one day it will happen if you keep trying. Don’t give up as it takes multiple failures before succeeding. Do not listen to negativity or people trying to bring you down. December 2018 | 28
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