Author: Nicolle Fagan
What is your major?
â€œI am an art major concentrating in photography, and I have a minor in apparel and merchandising.â€
So you are designing your own clothing line! What does that entail?
â€œIn starting this line, I have spent a lot of time designing and working to create styles that I believe people will love and wear. It takes a lot of time planning. I have to start with the basics and work my way up to the fun part: the clothing release.â€
What have you made so far?Â
â€œTo start off, I have designed t-shirts, hoodies and stickers, but I plan to create more and to go further with this project in the future. They aren’t ready yet, but will be coming soon!â€
What was the inspiration for the line?
â€œI am a snowboard instructor and every week I go back and forth to the mountains. I wanted something comfortable for riding to keep warm and also something cozy for the 4 a.m. drive every Saturday, so I began sewing my own hoodies. Eventually, people saw them and started putting in orders. After a few months, I decided to create my own company to feature skateboard and snowboard apparel, inspired by the lifestyle and culture of the sports. I am inspired by my friends, family and the new people I meet and I hope to inspire them through this company with my art and designs.â€
Does the line have a name yet? If so, what is it?Â
â€œThe name of the company is Lleky Apparel, pronounced leh-key. It is actually my name mixed up.â€
What do you hope to gain from making your own line? Why did you choose to take on this huge undertaking?
â€œI am already learning so much from it and I’m still at the beginning of the process. I have a lot of work to do, but I plan to do it right. This is something I wanted to take on to incorporate my three favorite things: photography, fashion and skate/snowboarding. I want to design, capture local athletes and get artists involved with the apparel line.â€
What got you interested in fashion?
â€œAs a photographer, I have always had an interest in fashion, but I didn’t always know specifically what kind of fashion. During my second semester of college, I added my apparel and merchandising minor and I was so excited. I was constantly inspired by the classes to start my own company and now itâ€™s all falling into place.â€
What is your favorite piece so far?
â€œMy favorite piece right now is a men’s tee I designed. It’s simple, but I can’t seem to get away from it.â€
If you could only wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
â€œIf I could wear one thing for the rest of my life it would be my snowboard get up, just as long as there was snow, sunshine and a mountain to ride on.â€