LaQuan Smith is the designer you need to know. His #InspirationallyCrafted creations are being worn by top celebrities in music, film and popular culture. Beyonce’s Tidal launch look that stunned and delighted? LaQuan Smith. The self-made talent designed the look for his spring 2015 collection. While some may think LaQuan’s rise to the top of the fashion game is sudden, it has not been an overnight sensation. He has been crafting unique creations since the age of four.
But Smith’s life by design hasn’t been one that has been easily handed to the rising young star. His lineage isn’t from a traditional house of fashion but rather the house he called home where his early years were spent being instructed by his grandmother who instilled a passion and skill for sewing and pattern making. Smith cultivated this craft throughout his teenage years and by 2007, the 19 year old wonder kid started his fashion career in earnest. Smith describes his first few years as tough having been turned down by fashion design schools FIT and Parsons. But he didn’t let that stop him. He became an apprentice with Blackbook Magazine and famed stylist, Elizabeth Sulcer. For an aspiring designer, the experience was a seminal one solidifying Smith’s penchant for strong, sexy, separates. He applied this aesthetic to his ﬁrst capsule collection a selection of gilded separates and accessories. His distinctive work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk takers including Rihanna and Lady Gaga, both of whom were early supporters of the gifted designer.
Smith’s work also intrigued Vogue Magazine, whose Editor at Large, Andre Leon Talley selected Smith as his mentee. Harnessing the momentum of these experiences Smith formally debuted his ﬁrst collection in the Spring of 2010. On the runway, celebrities like Serena Williams modeled in the designer’s collections while oﬀ the runway, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vogue’s Alexandra Kotur amongst others watched on. It was an auspicious start for Smith’s eponymous label.
Smith’s signature style has found a devoted following amongst Hollywood AListers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian each of whom have selected the brand on and oﬀ the red carpet. In addition to his robust celebrity clientele, Smith has cultivated an equally dynamic private order clientele which spans the globe from Lagos to London. Smith’s singular aesthetic has also been tapped by world recognized brands including Heineken and Chicago’s famed Joﬀrey Ballet, all of whom have commissioned custom editions of Smith’s designs. LaQuan Smith, and his eponymous label, are headquartered in Queens, New York and deliver globally.
Uptown is proud to honor LaQuan Smith as a 2015 Uptown #InspirationallyCrafted Honoree in an event sponsored by Kia Motors. Similar to the Kia K900, Kia Sorento and Kia Optima, LaQuan embodies the spirit of invention, craftsmanship and has made a lasting impact on both culture, community and business.
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