In true Flash Back Friday fashion we decided to take a trip back to our 2018 interview with Philadelphia Designer Isaiah Parks of ZAYASWARDROBE where he spoke on his initial desire to be in the fashion industry creating relatable streetwear and couture pieces , how he felt having his brand cover the 5th issue of Phlex & more
I love a business that is passionate and runs a business so professionally and has hustle - Isaiah Parks
PHLEX: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as a designer?
ZAYASWARDROBE: I realized I wanted to be a fashion designer was I was about 17. I was going to school for biology at the time but at the same time I was always into fashion so I told my parents I did
not want to go to school for science anymore and I wanted to go for fashion and they told
me that I would be really tough which made me want to do pursue designing even more so
I went for it because it is a passion of mine.
PHLEX: What was the biggest rookie mistake you made when just starting out?
ZAYASWARDROBE: biggest rookie mistake I made was when I first started out was trying to sell some clothes to
someone before actually perfecting my craft. There was a lot of raw edges and incomplete garments
and some garments I couldn’t even make but attempted and they came out all wrong, so it would have
to be trying to sell someone something that wasn’t up to par,
PHLEX: When did you land your first internship and what was the most valuable thing you learned from
ZAYASWARDROBE: Honestly I haven’t had an internship the entire time I was in fashion school, not because I felt like I was too good for it because truth of the matter I would have loved to do about 3 or more internships but everyone kept telling me no which then made me want to start my
own business because if someone won’t give me an opportunity, I will create my own whichI did.
PHLEX: What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?
ZAYASWARDROBE: Social media plays a huge part in fashion; in anything in general honestly but as far as fashion plays a huge part. A bigger part than what I like but I’m adjusting to it because if
social media shut down today I always think where mine or anyone else careers would be
which is why I have a lot of things in place for that just in case that ever happens.
Nevertheless, social media is huge for fashion; some of the biggest models, known stylist
and upcoming designers are now coming from social media which I feel is a good thing as
well because it is giving many individuals opportunities who might have doubted
PHLEX: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
ZAYASWARDROBE: Haha. My favorite part of being a designer is two things.
1. Any design or vision I have for a
collection, I am able to manifest just from my two hands. It always amazes me when I make
an intricate garment that I actually made it with my own two hands.
2. I am able to dress to
dress like a bum whenever I want and make it still look like a bomb outfit.
PHLEX: If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?
ZAYASWARDROBE: Hmmmm. I would have to tell myself that you should have never doubted yourself in the beginning because I would be so farther in my career if I would have just started a little
sooner and not doubted myself and to continue to bless people and give others
opportunities. Also just KEEP GOING!!!
PHLEX: There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers just starting out and hoping to make it
to where you are?
ZAYASWARDROBE: Be original at all times! Where a lot of designers make mistakes are trying to be like everyone else, now granted all artists are inspired by other artists one way or another but
still be original create your own designs even if you are inspired by another artist. Too many
people walking around with the same bubble jacket which is not a bad thing but it becomes
a bad thing when all 7 bubble jackets look exactly the same and it came from 7 different
designers. Do not be afraid to create garments that want to see on someone.
PHLEX: How was your experience working with Phlex Magazine
ZAYASWARDROBE: Zayaswardrobe and Phlex Magazine was an experience I could never forget! Phlex Magazine will forever be a part of my heart from this day forward! They were so supportive
of Zayaswardrobe from the door, they communicated with me nonstop, and I never had to
question anything from Phlex Magazine. I love a business that is passionate and runs a
business so professionally and has hustle. Not to mention Phlex Magazine is the next huge
media platform for fashion music. Thank you so much Phlex Magazine for showing me so
much love and supporting Zayaswardrobe like no one else! I truly love you guys.
Zayaswardrobe and Phlex Magazine are family forever!
Opulence of Zayaswardrobe Collection x Phlex Magazine⚡️
Creative Direction: ED.HIPPE ISAIAH PARKS
Assistant Creative Director : JABARI ROGERS
LEATHICA MCPHEE- DICKERSON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: RICHARD GIBSON
MUA: ANTONIO BURRELL