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Conversations with Kenya J

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenya J. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I first began dreaming of becoming a Fashion Designer through arts & craft projects as a child with my aunt. I realized at a very young age that I was extremely creative and really good with my hands. As a teenager, I began teaching myself how to sew, deconstruct, and reconstruct garments and accessories. In high school, I was convinced that my future would be within the creative field. However, I ultimately decided to pursue a more “secure” profession and therefore decided to continue my education as a Behavioral Science Major. My senior year of college was a pivotal stage in my life. For one, I realized that my organic yearn to create and design never wavered. While I was able to obtain my degree, between studying, I’d find extra time to practice sewing, sketching and focus more on my real passion. I then began to participate in local fashion shows and establish my clothing line Tokio Fever. Finally, in 2012, I decided to relocate to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in Fashion. I am now designing and creative directing on a full-time basis. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As a fashion designer, the journey has been far from smooth. I’d say my biggest struggle yet has been self-doubt. Over the years, I have had to mentally challenge myself to push through my frustration and channel the same level of ambition that motivated me to start this journey. I have learned to remain confident, focused, and consistent in order to continue to pursue a creative career, and once I wholeheartedly believed it would happened, it happened. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Designer/ Creative Director 

A true creative at heart, what sets me apart from others is that I am multifaceted. I specialize in design, both clothing and set staging. I am currently a Set Designer with fashion brand SHEIN, along with operating my own brand Tokio Fever. I love taking creative concepts from start to finish and frequently working with up & coming artists & brands. I also enjoy Creative Directing projects and sets. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The Covid -19 Crisis really helped me in a way. Although it shut the world down, I took it as a chance to just slow down and focus on my needs and wants. It really forced me to think outside the box, pushed me to create more, and gave me the time we rarely get to personally reflect. 

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