Andrew Nowell, Designer for Andrew Nowell Menswear, hails from New York City, but is comfortably and creatively settled in the nation’s capitol.
For Andrew, fashion design has always been his passion. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to attend New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he majored in Menswear Design.
After completing his degree program, Andrew enlisted in the U.S. NAVY for a short period of time, and in 2007, began designing and crafting collections under his signature label, Andrew Nowell Menswear.
Described as modern, masculine and sexy, (with an edge) Andrew Nowell Menswear is a tailored sportswear line inspired by the music cultures of Hip Hop, Rock and R&B; paired with the influences of British Tailoring at Central London’s Savile Row and Urban hipsters in New York City’s Trendiest neighborhoods.
Over the years, Andrew Nowell Menswear has developed a solid reputation for quality and style. He boasts a thriving list of private clientele that includes the likes of actors, Romeo Miller, Travis Winfrey and TNT’s Unnecessary Roughness, Mehcad Brooks; Rap Artist and Musician B.O.B; professional athletes, Ryan Nece (formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers); Devin Thomas of the New York Giants, and a growing list of recording artists, musicians, actors and athletes.
In March 2012 and March 2013, Andrew Nowell Menswear was featured on BET’s RIP THE RUNWAY. In addition to being featured in Jet Magazine and Krave Magazine, Andrew Nowell Menswear has also been included in publications such as the Washington Post, The Examiner, The Washingtonian, Source Magazine, Uptown Magazine, XEX Magazine Rolling Out Magazine and NBC.com, among others.
Andrew is also the Creative Director and designer of DASOUL, (www.dasoulinc.com) a men’s underwear line he launched in 2010, to provide a sexy, urban sportiness and stylish alternative to the men’s underwear market.
Today, Andrew works out of his design studio in Washington, D.C. and recently served as the Lead Curator for a hugely successful Art and Fashion Exhibit at the RonaldReaganBuilding and InternationalTradeCenter in Washington, D.C.
The menswear collection is available online @ http://www.andrewnowell.com/ and carried at a number of upscale Boutiques in Washington, D.C.
Bishme Cromartie was born February 16, 1991 in Baltimore, Maryland. As a little boy he would play with his toys and make clothes for them. He would use socks, scraps of fabric or anything he could find. That was when he noticed he had an interest in clothes. By the age of eight, his interest had increased. He would sketch designs for dresses, skirts and blouses.
One summer, he went to stay with his aunt in New Burgh, New York. While there, his aunt taught him the basics of sewing. By the end of the summer, Bishme returned to Baltimore armed with the skill of basic sewing. Initially, he sewed very basic things by hand; pillowcases or a rip in a pair of jeans. But one Christmas, Bishme received a sewing machine for a gift and that’s when he started making items for family and friends. After a year or so he was approached about making a summer dress for which he would be paid, this would be his first paying customer.
At first, Bishme was nervous and unsure about his ability to make the dress. Using his self-taught sewing skills and those he learned from his aunt, he completed the dress. After he completed the dress, Bishme was very proud of his accomplishment. His customer was so happy and pleased with the dress; she told him he should make clothes for everyone. After a few more years of practice, Bishme came up with a clothing line. He wanted his clothes to appeal to all ages not just his peers. He began his line with tee-shirts and hoodies. He knew that this would be an easy and quick way to get his clothes and label noticed by the public. Bishme, as well as his style as a designer, has grown and evolved. He wanted to showcase his true talent by designing and making garments from scratch. February 9, 2007 was Bishme’s first solo fashion show.
The clothes showcased were not only chic, edgy and well constructed but quite unexpected for a 16 year old. The show went so well that Bishme was the subject on a local newspaper article. Word spread quickly about this young designer on the rise. His new found notoriety has made him and his family very happy. Not content with being just a “local” designer, Bishme has nationwide aspirations. He hopes his dreams are realized soon but he knows it will take a lot of hard work, sacrifice and networking.
Bishme knows the true meaning of commitment. By setting high goals as a designer and expecting nothing less than excellence from himself, Bishme Cromartie is destined to be a designer with a bright future.
Inspired by the sassy, sophisticated spirit of all women, NATT TAYLOR offers a line thatcelebrates a natural feminine form with bold color, sensual shapes and subtle details. Each design transitions easily from season to season and has been a hit with celebrities like Keyshia Cole, Nicole Ari Parker, Nene Leakes, Keshia Knight-Pulliam and more.
Taylor’s non-traditional path of fashion began at the age of 16 as a student at MorrisBrownCollege in Atlanta, GA creating dresses for her and close friends. Upon graduating with a degree in Accounting, Taylor entered and promptly left a job in corporate America when she began receiving a host of client requests for weddings and proms. With a desire to pursue a career in design, she relocated back to her hometown of Irvington, NJ to gain immediate access to what New York City had to offer. In December of 2004, a chance encounter with singer Keyshia Cole led to a stint as a celebrity stylist, giving Taylor’s designs national exposure.
In 2005, Natt Taylor officially launched The DESTINI Collection, later named DESTINI by Natt Taylor. The collection was first sold to Envy Boutique in Atlanta where her signature high waist pant with bow sold out in less than a week. In 2007, Taylor relocated back to Atlanta and quickly gained entry into top boutiques including DLUX, Tracy Nicole and NV-U. Features in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Daily Candy Atlanta brought rave reviews from Macy’s buyers and other local boutiques.
In August 2012, she opened NATT TAYLOR Studiotique, a design studio just west of Atlanta, where the line is designed, produced and sold to retailers, online consumers, and custom clientele. This studio + boutique invite clients to shop exclusive ready-to-wear collections by appointment only and engage in various beauty and image workshops.