Today we’d like to introduce you to Demetrius Mackey.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I’ve always loved fashion since middle school and knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry. I remember back in high school, people always used to make fun of me on how I dress behind my back. But I didn’t really care because I was being me and that’s all that matters. I was basically watching fashion shows and studying the industry every day all day long. Studying the work of my favorite designers, stylist, and models like Phillip Plein he’s definitely my favorite designer out of them all. His story is just amazing starting out as an interior designer to switching to a fashion designer. While Zoe Costello is killing it on the styling side I’m always inspired by her work she’s worked with Quavo, Tyga, and Offset. And the beautiful Winnie Harlow is one of my most favorites models ever just because she’s been through it all getting bullied just of her skin condition called “vitiligo” But those are just a few people that got me inspired. After high school, I took my skills more seriously by starting out modeling for all different types of brands including American Eagle, Rue 21 and even walked in a couple of shows at New York Fashion week. That gave me so much opportunities to connect with different types of models, stylists, and designers. Which they told me all about there stories on how they got started in the industry. On which most of them had a very rough time and they told me the industry is a very competitive and very hard to get into. Which I love competition shows you what your working and pushes you to go even more. After modeling, I decided to get even more in the industry by doing custom designs and styling a bunch of people. After a few months, I gain a bunch of different clients that I’ve been working with to NFL Players, rappers, College Players and a bunch of different others. My favorite was working with Lil Mosey for the BET AWARDS I designed his hoodie and also styled him. And also getting my work on CEOHD and styling him as well for his performance at Good Morning America. After everything, I just started building up my portfolio of designing, styling and modeling to now working with other brands and helping them out.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road people told me all the time I wouldn’t be able to do or make it in the fashion industry including my parents to this day. Which is sad in this world people don’t wanna see you succeed they just wanna put you down and criticize you on everything you do. One of my friends had told me that if people keep putting you down and telling you all bad things then it means your doing really good in life. Because your always on there mind and always talked about. So I keep that quote always in the back of my head to realize that I’m on the right path. I’m always thinking about giving up but something in the back of my head telling if do then I’ll be letting everybody that believed in me down. And I can’t have that happen so I just stay up literally all day and all night just working on my craft and learning from others that been in the industry for a long time. I literally go to bed around 4am pretty much everyday and what I’m doing during the day if I’m home is I’m on my phone while having my computer on my lap just networking and figuring out on planing future clients. Or if I’m not working on that then I’m working on clothes and art. Also, another struggle is I had to switch around my friends some were there for me some weren’t. So I started distancing myself from the wrong people and started hanging around more creative and like-minded people.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
So I’m a fashion designer, stylist, model and artist I just basically figure out what clients I’m gonna be working with for future projects. I’ve had many great opportunities to work with celebrities or even just people that love my work. Like my work been seen on Good Morning America, Bet Awards, and plenty other major people. I’m most proud of that people are seeing my work and it’s getting out. I’m also happy that people are getting a ton of compliments saying “hey, I’ve seen your work on this person keep it up” and I like how people are giving me feedback on what I should improve so I could get better. But I feel like everybody is unique in their own ways I don’t feel like nothing sets me apart from anybody because we all have different skills and different talents. You may do something that I may never seen before and vice versa, I might do something that you may never seen before. So I feel like we all could get some tips or uniqueness out of each other.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success if you’re just achieving your goals day to day it doesn’t have to be anything big. It could literally be something simple and if you see that you’re improving or completing your tasks then in my eyes your achieving your goals. But in my in stents like if someone just gives me compliment on my work or if someone tells me that there rocking one of my pieces then I feel like I’m succeeding. People think you need a whole bunch of people to rock your clothes in order to be successful or there get mad when people aren’t noticing there work. But you should be happy that you’re getting one client or one person supporting and wearing your stuff that’s all that matters.
- Jackets – $120
- Pants – $100
- Hoodies – $90
- T-shirts – $60
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meech_mackey/
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