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Meet Taizah Iman of Taj Marie Brands in Leimert Park – Crenshaw District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taizah Iman.

Taizah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a young child, I’ve always been very headstrong. Especially when I came to creativity! I grew up involved in many different sports, activities & after school programs. From ballet dance to learning the piano & violin – at most everything in between. I’ve always been attracted to the arts in ALL FORMS! It wasn’t until I was seven years old my grandmother bought me my first sewing machine, from then I started taking sewing & craft classes at my after school program “A Place Called Home” which was the best place ever for me to grow and develop creatively!

From childhood, teenage years right up to adulthood, my love for designing only grew stronger! I went from being involved in previously mentioned programs to designing & customizing clothes, purses & even pillows for my family and friends.

It wasn’t until I got to college in 2014 that I decided to take this passion seriously and turn it from hobby to lifestyle! I majored & graduated with my B.S in Fashion Apparel & Merchandise in 2018. Official branded myself later that year & released my dreams to the world June 2019!

Has it been a smooth road?
Honestly… I think I am the pure definition of a “built from the ground up”. I have no smooth pavement on my journey just yet. It’s just beginning, I still lost motivation sometimes, I still beat myself up, I still cry over broken needles, I still overthink every single aspect of my life & business. My road still being paved each day… Its been and still is very hard for me as a growing designer. Especially being someone who as always been so introverted but optimistic – the biggest challenge is marketing. Making my business known, getting my brand/services out to the worlds. Along with the common struggles of funding, what I want most is for people to become more aware of who I am as a business, what I can do & how I can contribute to them from every life to grand & celebratory events.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am Taj Marie Brands. I specialize in Inclusive Costume Design meaning I have not limits when it comes to what I can or will create! I’m known for being super risqué, divergent to trends, creatively fun/out of the box with lots of sex appeal. I love making clothes for the people that love the show off & stand out! Everything I make is one of a kind, you’ll never see a duplicate and completely ORIGINAL/FRESH!

I also do styling on the side, from photoshoot, videoshoot, parties of all kinds, travel styling & more. Come get Juiced by Tai #juicedbytai ❤️

So far as my company has grown, I am most proud of how consistent we have been within our views of fashion. Never straying away from what we believe looks good or is in style regardless of what’s popular or currently trending in fashion.

What sets me, Taj Marie Brands apart from others, is our lack of fear! We’re not scared of how others may see us, or how the fashion worlds may or may not accept us. We want to prove to everyone that there is new limits, new goals & new fashions to be discovered! The industry has this big problem of always repeating itself every few years, I’m here to show everyone that there is another story to be told!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
When it comes to lovely Los Scandalous (Angeles), I think it all ultimately depends on who you are or who you know! I was taught at a very young age by one of my favorite high school teachers. But, once you get your foot through LA’s acceptance doors, this is a GREAT city for a business. Especially one like mine. I say this because he have every type of person, artist, creator, socialist, influencer, etc. here! We have the BEST events, red carpets & after parties, it’s always a vibe & a look which is great for a company like mine (once I make the right connections).

For someone starting out here in LA, I would highly advise them to become the MOST social person they have ever met. Network, Network, Network! Go out to events, talk to people, speak up for yourself & don’t be afraid.

Although Los Angeles is a great place, one thing we can improve on is our community support. A lot of us would get a lot further is our designated industries if we simply show love & genuinely support each other. Because like I said, it’s a lot hard if you don’t know anyone or are someone people want to know.

Pricing:

  • Standard $25 deposit required goes towards your design

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Image Credit:
Photographers @britisshh & @6775antonio; Make up by @facesbyshawny; ALL CLOTHING BY @tajmarie.brands; Styled by @tai.iman #juicedbytai

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