The NFL season is right around the corner, and of course diehard football fanatics prepare by racking up on their favorite team’s gear. One DC-based designer is now giving followers of gridiron action the chance to rep their squad beyond just wearing jerseys and hats.
Ayesha Chaney is blending sports wear with formal wear by incorporating football team logos into her signature bow tie collection. The lifelong Washingtonian’s design aesthetic also includes other homemade accessories, styling, and event decorating, but Chaney’s football bow ties are currently the perfect complement for the countdown to the NFL’s return.
DZI: The Voice was able to connect with Chaney to discuss her new collection and more.
Yohance Kyles: When did you discover your voice as an artist?
Ayesha Chaney: I discovered my voice as an artist when I was 12 years old, and I started designing and reconstructing my mom’s old clothes.
YK: How did you first get involved in fashion?
AC: My mom is an artist and that’s where I get it from. It comes naturally for me. I got best dressed in junior high school. We didn’t have much money, so I worked with what I had when it came to my wardrobe.
In 2002, I met a very creative young lady by the name of Aisha Keys, and she encouraged me to start creating. I bought a sewing machine and started reconstructing jeans, purses, shoes and clothing. When I realized my talent, I started entering myself into local fashion shows.
YK: What inspired the idea of creating a NFL bow tie collection?
AC: I started creating custom bow ties in April of this year. Once prom and graduation time came around, I was getting all types of requests and I filled them. One was the Dallas Cowboys for my friend’s son graduation and then college football teams for another graduation. From those requests I decided to go with an NFL line.
YK: Do you follow pro football? If so, who’s your favorite team?
YK: What other accessories do you make?
YK: Which of your products/services do you enjoying creating the most?
YK: How would you describe your own personal style?
YK: Who are some of your favorite designers/stylists?
AC: Some of my favorite designers are Dapper Dan, Stephen Burrows, Moschino and Emilio Pucci – just to name a few.
YK: If you could pick any three celebrities that you’d like to see wear one of your bow ties who it would it be?
AC: Pharrell Williams, the Obamas, and Oprah.
YK: Do you express yourself through any other artistic mediums?
AC: Yes, I express myself through makeup and cooking.
YK: What’s next for Ayesha Chaney?
AC: I will be designing more bow ties and diving into more fashion projects.
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