I wanted to take the time and get other stylists and creative gurus on my site because many of their pieces I do wear and plan on wearing. Nothing like being out somewhere and someone taps you and asks “who’s that?” in reference to a piece you’re wearing, especially one from a rising fashion mogul. I introduce to you- Sharonda Salaam
My name is Sharonda Salaam but many refer to me as Ronda. I’m a 20 year old proclaimed creator. I rather use creator over designer because I do it all down to sketching, customizing, sewing, and breaking all guidelines of what they teach in school. I learned to sew by watching my mom who runs a side business in our home. She’s been sewing for over 30+ years. I’ve only been sewing for about 2 years but I’ve accomplished a lot. My creations have been featured in 3 fashion shows. The name of my label is Prospère. Prospère means prosperous (wealthy) in French. The word prosperity was spoken over my life by my pastor. As I search for a name I thought of what was already given. Prospère clothing is clothing that will make you feel like it’s name, wealthy. It is a combination of attitude, style, and richness that will have all eyes on you. From fabrics, textures, and design you can admit you never seen nothing like it.
I was able to interview Sharonda about what it takes to be an artist like herself, and a bit of her fashion persona below. Check it out!
BPJ: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Sharonda: Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang, McQueen, and Vera Wang to name a few.
BPJ:Where can readers buy your clothes/designs?
Sharonda: As of right now everything is sold from my house. I wanted to keep it in house until I’m ready to branch out. If anyone is interested I’m an email away.
BPJ: What are your favorite stores/catalogs/websites?
Sharonda: I’ll shop online for a shoe. Clothing I have to go in try it on feel it to before purchasing. But, I do love TopShop and Uniqlo.
BPJ:What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Sharonda: Be your own promoter, supporter, and critique first. Everyone else will follow. Remember local popularity comes before global popularity.
BPJ: What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?
Sharonda: Fabric is EVERYTHING. fabric is cheap, clothing looks cheap, therefore you look cheap.
BPJ: what was the first article of clothing you ever designed? Has it changed the way you currently create?
Sharonda: The first garment I ever made was a off the shoulder crop top. I still haven’t because I like majority of my tops oversized. almost everything I create for myself & some is oversized.
BPJ: How would you define your city’s fashion?
Sharonda: My city is honestly confused lol. it’s a combo of buying to adapt or buying what they can. the few people that I know here can dress and they fit in both categories. but they do look quite fashionable.
BPJ: What are your favorite fabrics and/or patterns to work with and why?
Sharonda I love spandex because of my shape, but I also love working with chiffons, silk, and faux fur/leather.
Prospère by Sharonda S.