D.C. is filled with opportunity for young professionals. This is what not only attracted me to this city, but also to the new startup clothing line, created by Dionna Dorsey, DISTRICT of CLOTHING.
On the day of our interview, Dionna styled her “Le District” tee (pictured below) with a camel pencil skirt, brown belt, and black pumps. This is just one of the many ways to style DISTRICT of CLOTHING items and the beauty of DISTRICT of CLOTHING pieces. Although simple in design, it has the versatility to cater to any personality. In addition, the message on the apparel inspires and motivates by appealing to the “dreamers” and “doers” of the city.
Enjoy a peak behind the design in our interview below.
If you were stranded on a deserted island for a year, what are three things you can’t live with out?
My Dog, Coco LaRoux, one of my favorite books, “The Alchemist” , and something to listen to music with…I cannot exist without music.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to just about everything (R&B, Hip Hop, jazz, classical). Good music feeds my soul and my creativity.
I noticed a lot of your clothing is black. Is that your favorite color?
Ha! For apparel, yes, black is my favorite color. My overall favorite color is yellow – it’s just happy and is so much fun.
If you could describe your latest collection in a few words, what would they be?
Wear your passion. I believe that you should wear your passion, share your passion, and share your magic with others. DISTRICT of CLOTHING came to me in January 2014 and I was immediately excited at the thought this could encourage others. I hope wearing DoC makes people feel, “I can do this!” or “I AM doing this!”. I hope the message here keeps people going. Everyone I know is a dreamer AND a doer. They dream about things and then they do the things they dreamed. I’m just so encouraged by that. And to pay it forward, I want to encourage people to keep making it happen.
How do you produce and distribute your designs?
Right now, everything is printed here in D.C. and we are typically selling online at www.districtofclothing.com. We’re hoping to get into local stores in 2015!
What was the inspiration behind you starting your own line?
The awesome people of D.C.
Where did the name come from?
I wanted something reflective of D.C. So, I wanted to keep the “D” and the “C” and just fell in love with the “DISTRICT of CLOTHING”.
Do you get to spend a lot of time designing?
Not as much as I would like, but hopefully that will change soon.
Do you pay attention trending colors?
No, I like simple and clean looks. My personal style is simple and classic and so I continued this aesthetic into the designing of DISTRICT of CLOTHING. Our items are versatile and can be worn with any kind of style. You can wear a “DC Doer” or “DC Dope” shirt underneath a suit jacket or with a pencil skirt and it looks just as nice as it will with jeans and a pair of chucks or trainers.
Once you have the product, how do you get the word out?
Thus far it’s been via the website and social media. Customers have been posting and reposting themselves in our products which is most appreciated and exciting, too!
Where do you find models for your new pieces?
D.C’s dreamers and doers (i.e. the dopest people in the city).
Do you send out a look book to buyers, and editors?
We literally just launched, that’s next on our to-do. For now, our styles are available at: www.districtofclothing.com.
In the future, when you’re wildly successful, whom would you love to be interviewed by, and what would they ask you?
Tom Ford. Yes, Tom Ford. I just want to talk about life with Tom Ford.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My family and my friends. They are amazing and incredibly supportive.
And—last, but not least—If you could talk to your ten year-old self, what would you like her to know?
Never give up. Just keep going and never stop. You’re going to make it.
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By Derika Crowley