Khristian Michael is a New York brother who has found his way into the elite world of eyewear design, which is a somewhat odd feat for an African-American male. His brand Forever K. Michael the Collection is the biggest selling brand of eyewear in Dubai and he’s never even been there. When asked about his humble beginnings K. Michael says, “I was always known for wearing eyewear in the fashion industry. I was an A&R for an independent label and I was doing a lot of events, fashion shows and movie premieres and wearing eyewear was always a passion of mine so when the record industry started to change, I decided to put my destiny into my own hands. I had already worked with artists such as Seal Paul from the YoungBloodZ, DJ Cool of “Let Me Clear My Throat” fame and more. I remember speaking with one of my mentors who was the National Director of Promotions for Arista and Warner Brother Records for about 10 years and he told me that if I was able to sell myself that I would make a lot of money. I didn’t sing, I didn’t twirl batons, I didn’t play ball but I knew I had a passion for fashion. I knew what looked good so I decided to take my passion for fashion into the eyewear industry."
Let Vikki Ziegler tell it... she's a hustler. Nothing illegal obviously, just an entrepreneur and businesswoman who has taken her foundation in the legal field and taken it to the next level. A practicing divorce attorney in 3 states, Ziegler is also a professor at Fordham University in NYC, an author and the owner of two social networking websites. Her experience as a divorce lawyer for athletes and entertainers has also led to several opportunities as a consultant and as a featured guest on television. That led to her appearance in the ESPN, 30 for 30 film, Broke. Shortly after the film's premiere, we got the pleasure of meeting with Vikki Ziegler to discuss her various business ventures, her experiences and so much more, which we've featured in our complete interview below. In short, it’s a great read, if I can say so myself.
A star on and off the court, Cappie Pondexter has parlayed her way on to the list of the Top 15 Women's Basketball players of all-time. From a killer crossover, to a style maven, Cappie Pondexter is on her job. The New York Liberty point Guard sat down with us recently to talk about her career and her newest entrepreneurial venture among other things. The conversation was long but insightful. Check it out...
Love & Hip-Hop New York reality star Somaya Reece is on her grind. Despite her humble beginnings, she has made a name for herself and exudes amazing strength and confidence. She’s already breaking records by becoming the first Salvadorian woman to own a tequila brand, La Jefa Tequila. As an independent artist, her unique fusion of Dance, Latin and Hip-Hop music earned her the title of being the number 1 Latina artist on Myspace. More recently, Somaya Reece aka “La Jefa” (The Boss) has released her latest mixtape, Rebel with a Cause: Part 2 (Blurr The Lines) and graced the cover of Smooth Magazine’s July issue. Somaya took time out of her hectic schedule to talk to Parlé Magazine about her past, present and future goals.
From the mean streets of Baltimore to the Academy of Design in Tampa, along the way Staci Sherri had the courage to answer her calling; that undeniably is to be at the top of the fashion world. From designing for High School talent searches, to becoming a go-to for her peers seeking a certain splash appearance wise, on any given day, Staci Sherri has been making strides towards her success for a lifetime. With admitted progress still to be made, her plight is one that is very intriguing. Her passion is to empower women, all the while helping them look good. After graduating from one of the most prominent fashion institutes globally, Staci made the descision to grab her destiny by the horns and head for the bright lights of the Big Apple. Recently unveiling her self titled approach at New York's Fashion Week, she is hard at work on her future plans for forthcoming collections, as well as expanding her brand. Parlé with us, as we present to you the beautiful sister behind the designs that are....Staci Sherri.