By Design
Michael Jones

By Design

Michael Jones creates art in the form of fashion

Q: What is the name of your fashion line?  
A: Michael L. Jones

Q: When did you begin fashion design and why?
A: More than 30 years ago. I always had an interest in the art world. Theater, cartooning, architecture, painting and all facets of fashion and design. After I had first designed a dress for my niece, I knew this is where I would be in the world of arts.

Q: Who inspires you?
A: My main inspiration for designing is the woman. That woman who evolves along with fashion and doesn’t stick with only one constant look that works for them. One who changes up and isn’t afraid to try new things in fashion.

Q: Have your designs been featured at any events?
A: I’ve done fashion charity events for my church, my job. And a local group of artists once had an organization named THiNC that I worked with. Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with La Shaun (Jones) and LaKisa (Renee) of LSK (Modeling &) Events Company. I’ve done about four shows with them. I owe a lot of my recent exposure to these beautiful ladies.

Q: Who do your designs appeal to?
A: I have done some men’s sportswear, I’m mainly a women’s wear designer.

Q: Is there a message you try to send through your creativity?
A: Not really. I let my designs speak for themselves.

Q: What are your other skills, talents and expertise?
A: I’m also a pretty good cook. Ask my dad!

Q: What is your motto?
A: No motto here. I just make beautiful clothes to enhance and complement the beauty I see in all women.

Q: What goals do you have for your line?
A: In addition to designing original pieces for individual clientele, I’d like to sell limited small collections to area clothing boutiques.

Q: How can you be contacted?
A: Facebook or at (315) 472-3859.

Q: Do you have advice for others interested in fashion design?
A: Well today, literally everyone is a designer. However, please take the time to find your voice, learn the craft and make your clothes from design to conception to finished garment. This is most rewarding and will pay off.

 

Tammy Reese is a CNY award-winning writer and actress.
She can be reached at tammyreese7@gmail.com