- .Define “Chic” in terms of your personal style.
- What are your top three outlets to shop and top 3 favorite designers?
- If there’s anything from the Spring 2011 runway you’d splurge on what would it be?
- What’s that key product in your closet and makeup kit you can’t live a day without?
Key item in my closet has got to be my slate grey off-the-shoulder dress. First of all, summer is my favorite season, so I just love a mini dress and heels and chunky jewelry. And then I just love to blowout my hair and then the sun-kissed skin completes the look. Ahhh, I am dreading winter already, hmph.
Who is your style icon?Oh em gee, this is another toughy! OK I am totally going to say the unexpected and say right now I just can’t get enough of Katy Perry. She is totally weird (but I love it) and while being weird with her wigs and flamingo dresses – she always looks flawless. I just need a little crazy in my life – and that is totally Katy Perry. From her pink cheeks, to her sequin hot pants, I am in love. Yup, I said it.
Brief us on “Erika the Style Activist”.
- Style Activist is all about finding yourself in fashion. I want to activate your inner stylista and bring out your confidence, too. There is so much fun to be had in fashion and I hate the idea of anyone taking it too seriously. I am young (21) and I love wearing something that makes my roommates react with a, “what the hell is that?!” It’s all a discovery of what buttons we can push and how many rings we can wear on one hand – fashion is supposed to be fun and I want my readers to see that through my blog. I am sassy, and in my world I can be very controversial. I like to laugh and wear heels when no one would expect it. Life is too short to ever say, “Damn, I wish I would have dressed chic today.”
For more on Erika visit her blog The Style Activist ….
One doesn’t expect too much from a young entrepreneur who has a pocket full of aspirations, determination and drive but jewelry designer Sue Tsai is about to give us a definite reality check. I’m always inspired by any woman who can sing every word of ” Independent Woman” like it was a personal letter from them to Destiny’s Child. I embrace everything in the name of talent and enthusiasm this is why its a pleasure to feature Jewelry Designer Sue Tsai on The Chic Report. Not only does MTV reality stars and footwear designers Vanessa and Angela Simmons love wearing her jewelry (check TEENVOGUE March 2010 issue “Style Blogger“pg 80), she’s sponsors events (including Vanessa Simmons birthday party) and has been selected to participate in the Emmy gift bagging suite. Congrats! Tsai has combined her love for fashion and a handfull of tremendous talent to create an exceedingly fabulous line and will soon release an exclusive high end collection “Signature” by Sue Tsai. Her jewelry line offers pieces in a wide selection of flirty accessories everything from bands, bows, beads and crystals adds edge and exudes girlish elegance. As determined and talented as she is, Sue Tsai will undoubtedly continue flourishing in her spotlight not only as a designer but as inspiration for the up and coming young professionals. Read her interview with The Chic Report below…
These are the black bands in which first started Sue Tsai Designs and became widely popular. They come in almost every color and combination and people mix and match them to create a set of bangles. They are 14k gold filled with swarovski crystal, gold beads & charms, and have a rubber tubing over memory wire. They are flexible.
The world will soon find out 🙂
The Chic Report: What inspired you to start your own business?
Sue Tsai: From a young age I’ve always been exposed to art as both of my parents are designers. Designing is something that I want to do for the rest of my life and in order to do that I have to make money doing it. I love fashion and I’ve always made jewelry and clothes for myself. I took the next step and want to share that with everyone else. That’s why I started my line.
The Chic Report: You’ve worked with designers/reality stars Vanessa and Angela
Simmons, are there any other celebrities that you would like to wear
Sue Tsai: I really love Rihanna and Keri Hilson’s style. Look out for them to be wearing the pieces soon. But I dont want only celebrities to wear my pieces, its for everybody. I wish everyone could be my personal accessory barbie and I could just decorate them from head to arm in my stuff! haha
The Chic Reporter: Did you face any hurdles while building your brand and how were you able to overcome them?
Sue Tsai: As with accomplishing anything in life, there are going to be hurdles. I feel like you don’t deserve your accomplishments unless you worked hard to get there and your perseverance has been tested. Honestly, most of my hurdles have been more mental than physical. All of the finance, labor, and time hurdles I’ve faced are nothing to me, they’re just a part of the plan. As much as I hate to say it, the worst is dealing with haters; people who cant stand to see someone else on their way to success and constantly try to bring them down. But you know what, they’re not really hurdles, more like stepping stones. Gotta step on them to climb to the top. Ha
The Chic Report: True…So tell us how do you perfect your craft as a designer? For instance, did you go to school for accessory design?
Sue Tsai: I actually went to school for marketing not design. A lot of my technical skills I’ve picked up from my parents. I believe that design and creativity is not something that can be taught, only technicalities. I decided to study marketing because I believed that was going to be the most applicable major for my business. I had no problems designing and making the jewelry, I just had to learn how to sell it.
The Chic Report: Just by reading your tweets I see that you travel alot, what does
your working day / week look like?
Sue Tsai: I’m usually away on the weekends for trade shows. In the past 3 months I’ve done shows in LA, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Sarasota, and Philadelphia. During the week I’m in the studio making new pieces or in the office shipping out orders. I think I spend more time in the air than on the ground though. You wouldn’t believe my frequent flyer mileage.
The Chic Report: Without giving away too much, what other projects are you currently working on?
Sue Tsai: I just recently finished designing a jewelry line for a popular clothing line. I can’t tell you which one until it comes out, so I guess you’re going to have to wait and see. Rite now, I’m working on my new high end line. These pieces are all one of a kind and less commercial. I’ve always been making them for individual custom orders but I want to be able to sell them while keeping them exclusive. I’m really excited about this line, its called Signature by Sue Tsai and the only person who’s seen the pieces are my mom haha. I’m having the launch event early May, so be on the look out.
The Chic Report: Where do you see your business Sue Tsai Designs in the next 5 years?
Sue Tsai: I’m going to take over the world. (evil laugh)
The Chic Report: Lol, So where can interested readers find out more about your business Sue Tsai Designs?
Sue Tsai: They can check out my website http://www.SueTsaiDesigns.com or read more about me at http://www.SueTsai.com. I tweet a lot so if they want to get to know me on a more personal basis they can follow me on twitter at @SueTsai (parental discretion advised ha)
Sue Tsai: Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Hope both of us can continue to work together on our journey to the top.
Driven, innovative and complex, did you say a sentence or adjectives? I like adjectives better 🙂
2. When did you realise that Fashion Photography was your calling?
During my freshman year in college I worked at the Gap and during that time I was developing an eye for fashion.
One of the members of the visual merchandising team was a photographer, and me I fell in love with the art, and I knew
this is something I wanted to do.
3. What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by everything and anything from films, music and even every day people I meet on the street, but right now
I must be honest when I say Rhianna is one of my current inspirations. I respect the fact that she is staying true to her art and doing
what makes her happy. Her style is dark and edgy and I love that.
4. Name 2 people in the industry you would like to work with and why.
Well Rhianna for one, I’m pretty sure that was obvious and also male model Chad White, he’s represented by Major Models
I’ve seen his work and I just think he brings something fresh and new to the industry.
5. How do you perfect your craft as a photographer?
By not conforming to industry standards, Fashion photography is an art form and you can’t put any limitations or restrictions on art.
The funny thing is I actually watch more films than I read fashion magazines. I like to watch films by Italian Horror director Dario Argento,
His movies are all about angles and colors.
6. Give us a summary of your work.
I have shot for agencies like Vision and L.A and Boss, as well as MTV personalities. I really enjoyed working with Male Model turned actor Drew Van Acker at the time that I shot him he was represented by Vision L.A.
7. As a fashion photographer you have an exceptional eye for ………………?
black and white photography, I feel that black and white photos are timeless, and always convey a lot of emotion
8. Where do you see your self professionally in the next 5 years?
To be honest I don’t know because I have always been involved in different aspects of art, such as acting and even hip-hop dancing
but it will definitely be art related. I’m not your typical blue collar kind of guy
9. How can interested readers get intouch with you?
Well my website should be up shortly, but for the time being feel free to drop me an e-mail, I am always open to feedback
Alevns212@aol.com and remember “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”.
Wait, could it be? A witty reference to his rumored industry crush? The blogs have been buzzing about a relationship between him and Solange for months. The infamous Central Park picnic pics. Their flirty (and very public) tweets don’t do much to hinder the gossip, either. Back in the telly, we get a glimpse of another side of Wale. (Truth serum comes in many forms and flavors.)
“I do love her,” he admits of Solange, flashing a Cheshire. “We’re friends. She’s amazing. She’s a good person. Any single mother contributing to society the way she does — I got a lot of love for them. She’s got to do a lot on her own and raise a young black man in this day and age, so my hat goes off to her. She’s definitely an anomaly. And the way she can do that and manage to do the same things that I complain about having to do.”
His affection is as obvious as a set of flushed cheeks. And impossibly adorable. Wale, the former mixtape rapper from inner city DC, is borderline giddy. “Did you interview Solange about me?” Wale asks. He’s sprawled across his bed; head practically buried in the pillow. “Did she smile when you mentioned my name?”
More pics and the entire interview on Honeymag.com
I know I’ve said it before but this is the last time I will write up a post on this issue. I’m over it …
Let me know what you think…