T-Shirt Line Launch!

I’m very excited to announce that I will be launching a T-Shirt line in March 2014! If you’ve read my post on customized clothing you know I have a desire to create fashion and not just appreciate it!

Some of these designs have been influenced by my previous sketches and have been modified for T-Shirt street wear! Street fashion has been my current obsession as it is both flashy and comfortable.

I’ve designed these with my friends in mind and to make the wearer feel special. Because when you feel special, those around you feel special. Spread the joy and love!

I’m also doing a GIVEAWAY for the launch! 😀

More designs can be found HERE.



Customized Clothing

One thing I have always had a fondness for is unique style.  I love the bold, the daring, and the questioning.  Growing up I was always surrounded by such stylish family and friends.  My cousins, my brother, and I would always love to take fashion outside the box.  We went to Goodwill and got disco outfits to wear to the mall one time, just to give an example.  Maybe we were just young and having fun, but I like to keep that mentality.  Fashion should be fun and expressive!

Lately, I’ve begun getting requests to customize some articles of clothing, mainly hoodies and jackets, and it thrills me that people like what I’ve done for some of my wardrobe and want it for themselves!  Here is an example of a hoodie and a sweater I customized for myself using similar techniques:

Customized by Rey
Customized by Rey
Customized by Rey
Customized by Rey

The most recent request I have is to customize a pea coat.  I’m quite excited about this one, as I’ve never worked with this material before, and I already have a few ideas for it!  I’ll be sure to share the final product and some of the process when I get the actual coat.

One of my favorite things about customizing clothing is that they are one of a kind pieces.  Even if I were to try to recreate something I have previously done, it would still have its own uniqueness in one way or another.  To me, that is invaluable.

I’ll end this post with a sign my music teacher in high school had upside down: Why be normal?


One of my Current Inspirations: House of Malakai

Over the summer I discovered a fashion brand (thanks to CL of 2NE1) that has been my latest fashion obsession; House of Malakai (HOM).  The head pieces HOM creates are ethereal.  Even (what I would consider) the everyday pieces in the Heliolatry Collection have a realm of fantasy and dream to them.  For instance, one piece from the Heliolatry Collection that strikes me most is the military visor used in CL’s 나쁜 기집애 (Baddest Female) music video: Click Here.

The shape, lines, and detailing all come together in this cohesive piece that really does honor the Helio-influence as well as charge forward with new vision and grandeur.

I have since really come to terms with some of my own inspirations through this discovery, and that has been quite a liberating and, obviously, inspiring process.  Seemingly I will like anything that looks straight out of a fantasy or sci-fi film (particularly Star Wars).   HOM’s couture line really evokes a sense of nostalgia and imagination in me that most other head wear does not.   It’s like being a child watching Star Wars for the first time again, and imagining all of the possibilities for so many different things.

To give more credit to CL’s use of HOM and the couture line: Click Here.

The styling possibilities are endless.  Here is more from HOM’s Couture Line.  There is so much visual appeal that I can hardly look at the page without gasping.  I’ll look away before I hyperventilate!  These dramatic and elegant pieces thrive off of the imagination and culture of both the designer and the viewer; and really comes together as a work of art.

What are some lines that you can’t get enough of?  What inspires your style and visually stimulates you?  Leave me a comment below, I would love to check out more lines and see what gets you fired up!


Taste Test

Consider this a taste test of what’s to come from my fashion side, as of now.  As with anybody else, I am always changing, growing, and learning in my style and tastes.  My current taste in fashion ranges from street (and this) to formal and any imaginable mix in-between.  Now seems to be a very diverse and fun time for fashion!

With a wide range of color choices between the two, bright contrasting colors or dark monochromatism, I typically like to spark up a monochromatic outfit with either edgy pieces or a splash of color.   Mixing things that aren’t usually grouped together in a cohesive image are other ways I express my multifaceted self.  Just because someone thinks a Clark Bushacre 2 boot is “hipster” doesn’t mean it can’t also be accessorized with a hip/sporty flat bill.  Never let labels limit.  Fashion should be fun!  To quote my friend Emily Knezz, “I think fashion should know no rules; colors, patterns, whatever, it don’t matter. If you like it, wear it. When you don’t care about the rules, there’s a lot more options, and it’s a lot more fun.”  I could not agree more.

Look at Mademoiselle Yulia rocking heels, patterned leggings, an oversized tee, a varsity jacket, bandana, and flat bill.  If we broke this down into each piece representing a certain style we would have at least three different styles that some wouldn’t dream of mixing together.  Heels are a woman’s best friend as a classy, sexy, and elegant style would suggest.  Bring in the varsity jacket (prep/jock), the hat & bandana combo (street/urban), & leggings (chic) and we’ve got some eye candy of a fashion cocktail.

That all being said, I think this gives a very generalized (and small) piece of what is to come from my fashion posts.  So stick around and get ready to sip some style sangria (or soda!) with me!


PS: Let me know how you like to style yourself or what your favorite outfits are in the comments below!