Meet Tennille McMillan.
This Brooklyn self-taught fashion designer has really made a name for herself as America's Funky Sweetheart. With her bold prints and electric designs, she is truly one of a kind.
Tennille's initial dream was to become a modern dancer yet she began to teach herself how to sew after graduating high school at the age of 16. Tennille attended Hunter College in New York, while making costumes for her fellow dance students and her family members. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Tennille decided to take her skills as a designer further and established her line naKIMuli Inc. in 2008 and her second clothing line Shanae in 2009.
Shanae is an all jersey line inspired by modern dance (Tennille's first love). Each garment shapes the female body elegantly through fun and flirty designs that are comfortable and practical to wear on a daily basis.
Tennille's mission is to create clothing that is both classical and innovative fueled by imagination. "naKIMuli Inc. aims to go beyond the traditions of women's fashion and explore more of the imagination, what could be rather than what should be. The world we live in often dictates what we should wear and creates millions of it. We at naKIMuli want to create a fashion revolution: replace the cookie cutter model with one that embraces individuality, comfort, and fun," naKIMuli Inc. Mission statement.
"The best perk about being a designer is that I get to do and design whatever I what without the input of a boss," said Tennille
As CEO of naKIMuli Inc. , Tennille McMillan runs her own label. She manages the design, production, sales, finance and advertising aspects of her own clothing line. "The most difficult thing about running a label is trying to do all the above! You have to wear a lot of hats at the same time and that can be very draining."
naKIMuli Inc. is inspired from any and everything. Taking notes from her surroundings, Nakimuli Inc is motivated by music, love, dreams and other designers. Tennille's new collection is inspired by Brooklyn. She looked at all the positive people in her life and createdthis new line.
I love how the naKIMuli stays true to it's independent nature. "I am not big on following trends but I hear that ponchos will be big this fall," said Tennille.
Tennille advises anyone who wants to start a career in fashion to have a strong support system. She stresses the importance of having that special group of friends who you can lean on when times get hard and challenging.
For more information go to www.shop.nakimuli.com
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