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Graphic Roots to Fashion Frontlines: Samilia Mary Redefines Memphis Style

Memphis’ fashion scene thrives under the guidance of some incredibly cool and creative minds, each adding their unique flair to what makes this city’s style scene so distinct. Among these influential trendsetters is Samilia Mary, whose journey from graphic design to fashion maven mirrors the innovative spirit at the heart of Memphis’ fashion.

Samilia Mary—Designer/Local Business Owner

From Graphic Design to Fashion Trailblazer

Samilia Mary’s journey in Memphis’ fashion scene is a tale of evolution and passion. Originating from a graphic design background at Memphis College of Art, she quickly found herself drawn to fashion, particularly handbags and accessories. Her unique perspective, influenced by graphic elements and a hint of Spice Girls’ flair, led to her first runway show in 2016. Since then, she has expanded into teaching, showcasing her work in local markets, and recently rolling out custom apparel and a streetwear collection.

A woman wearing a colorful outfit attends the Discover Indie Memphis event, donning a trendy jacket.
Samilia’s Ankara Bomber Jacket, Merging Salvaged Denim and Vibrant Style from the YAWON TITI Collection 🌍💅🏿 #SustainableChic

We asked Samilia to describe Memphis’ fashion scene in three words.

The words she chose:

  • Tenacious
  • Nuanced
  • Expansive

Samilia aims to see Memphis become a fashion hub, replete with resources and events that draw national attention. “I’m working towards higher production with sustainable fashion and adding a team of designers,” she reveals, outlining her aspirations for her brand and the city.

Empowering the Local Fashion Community

Two women working on a sewing machine in a sewing room during the Discover Indie Memphis event.

Beyond design, Samilia is deeply invested in nurturing local talent. Her week-long sewing camps for youth, sewing parties, private lessons, and the ‘Sew, Sip, Model‘ workshop with Teanna Gilliam are more than educational avenues—they’re platforms for creating bonds, fostering dreams, and building a supportive fashion community.

A woman standing in front of the Discover Indie Memphis bar.

Samilia’s Perfect Friday Night in Memphis

Samilia’s ideal Friday night, you ask? “I’m heading downtown to South Main,” Samilia says! From art exploration at Urevbu Contemporary to dinner at Good Fortune Co. and ending with Bachata dancing at Rumba Room, it’s a vibrant representation of her love for Memphis’ rich culture.

That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for more spotlights on local leaders making a difference in our city. And remember, Choose901 is not just a call to action—it’s a call to community. Let’s keep supporting the local talent and organizations that are upping the ante for the city!

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