This week’s feature is Mani Jassal, a Brampton, Ontario native who’s designs are garnering attention from what the media refers to as “it” people.
Tell us a little about your business. What is it about & why do you do it?
I am a Fashion Designer. I create clothes for women and make them all feel like princesses.
What is the change that you would like to bring to the world?
Tacos for everyone!
What happened to make you want to do this? Tell us your origin story?
This is what I have wanted to do since I was maybe 11 years old. I grew up with a seamstress mom, and I used to watch her sew. I would take her leftover fabrics and design outfits for my Barbies, and ask my mom to make it. It's what makes me the happiest.
What drives you to continue or strive for more?
I still can't believe today that I am doing what I love, and actually making money from it. I opened up my own store in Brampton about 2 years ago, and have had celebrities wear my pieces. It's kind of crazy. However, I have bigger goals set out for myself, like opening up stores worldwide, being published in Vogue India, and having celebs like Rihanna wear my pieces. Also...I kinda want Drake to know what's good...me...I'm good. Haha!
How do you think being a woman of colour has impacted your journey?
I think being a woman of colour has definitely helped me stick out from the crowd. I own my culture and my identity, and I am not afraid to showcase it. When I was in school, I always felt like I had to hide it, but now there's a community of women of colour that help make it easier for all of us.
Have you had a remarkable breakthrough or a win that you would like to share with our readers? We all love hearing success stories!
I had Ashanti wear one of my pieces for an event, which was so amazing because I grew up listening to Ashanti. "What's Luv" was and will remain one of my forever jams!!! I was also notified by my PR Agency in Los Angeles that my pieces were pulled by the likes of Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Fergie etc. Made my life!! I was also interviewed by CBC which was huge for me. But I think the biggest breakthrough or win is the fact that I am doing what I had always wanted to do and that I make my parents very proud.
Yay Mani! You find out more about Mani on her site www.manijassal.comWe love featuring trail blazers and change makers. Know someone we should be connecting with? Hit the contact form and tell us!
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