This month's spotlight features a woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing for several years. With her unique style, it's no surprise that she is a successful fashion designer.
I sat down with the owner of Gracing Garments, Marissa Sumes (IG: @vintage_bella) and picked her brain on her fashion obsessions & her vision for her brand in the future.
What made you want to become a fashion designer?
I don't do this because of the money for the fame, IG, clout, nor attention...I didn't become a fashion designer I was born a designer! My grandmother was a seamstress so since birth I literally been around garments being made. At the age of about 6, I started having a very strong opinion on what I wanted and didn't want to wear. My mom would put me in "matchy matchy" sweatsuits (big 90's trend) haaaaated it. So yea I would say around 6 yrs. old is when I knew for sure I would design. I didn't understand why everyone wanted to wear the same thing, later I learned that was called being "trendy" and "trendy" is what I'm definitely not. First thing I designed was my prom skirt made from designer ties I collected from thrifting.
What or who inspires your style?
Honestly, I have no "go to" inspo sources. I'm inspired by really random sh*t, at really random times and for whatever reason my most creative times are weird like at 3AM while the whole house sleep. Oh and for sure I'm inspired by my vintage finds. Pieces catch my eye & I enjoy reconstructing them.
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
My forever obsessions are denim, silk scarves & turbans (I'm a collector) but chain belts are my latest obsession and hold a special place in my closet.
So far, what has been your favorite piece you designed?
I have ZERO favorites, my passion drives me and I pour my heart into each piece I curate so I love them all equally. If I don't love it love it, like get that fuzzy feeling when I'm done, I won't sell it which is also why I phased out custom army jackets. I had a few horrible experiences and at the end of the day my name on that and it represents my brand.
What's next for your brand in 2019?
Next, I plan to turn it up a notch! Go harder and just be overall better than last year. Just know 2019 will be full of surprises.
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I don't know about you guys but I'm excited to see what Marissa has in store for 2019!