We had the good fortune of connecting with Marisol Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marisol, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I always think about the fact that people that aren’t in the fashion industry don’t know how much work truly goes on behind the scenes. From putting sketches and ideas together to form a collection, from fabric sourcing to pattern drafting, sewing samples to get the perfect fit, sewing the final garment with quality, to marketing and website design, and to creating a storefront; people are completely unaware that an article of clothing probably went through dozens of steps before it was able to be purchased from a rack in a clothing store.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been interested in fashion, but specifically Haute Couture. It was what made me realize that garment-making is an artwork that can be worn and that can mean so much to people. I feel like my design style is very bold yet elegant, which I feel like stems from my Latin roots and my love for a timeless silhouette.
I’m the most excited to finally bring life to all of the sketches that have lived in my sketchbooks and my head for years. I have always fantasized about presenting my work at Fashion Week, and hopefully working my way into Haute Couture Fashion Week once I get approved as an official Haute Couture designer by La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
I didn’t have the most stable upbringing which was a sort of a blessing and a curse in a way. It definitely made it more difficult to consider taking big steps like going to college and starting a business, but it also motivated me to get out and actually go to college and start a successful business because I want to preserve for my family. There were many obstacles that I had to overcome in order to get to where I am today and it was not easy in the slightest bit. I took it upon myself to graduate from high school early in order to get a head start in my career. Once that was accomplished, I had to figure out how I was even going to pay for school. While I was studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising as a Fashion Design major, I made sure to take advantage of every opportunity and tool the school offered to make sure that I was making the most out of my time there. I ended up graduating Cume Laude and had already started my first business at just 19 years old.
I have learned that I am in charge of my future and that I have the power to make my dreams come true through hard work and dedication. I want people to know that I am a first generation Latinx woman and I am working to make my wildest dreams my reality.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a fashion designer, the Fashion District in Downtown is one of my absolute favorite places in the city. It’s definitely a unique spot for people to pass through and see all of the raw materials before they become clothes on a rack. The rest of Downtown Los Angeles is also a very interesting, its filled with busy people, rooftop bars, and lots of classic LA fashion. Also, being originally from Miami, Florida, I’m a big fan of the ocean. I would take my friends to visit several beaches along the West Coast and stop to get snacks and quick bites to eat along the way. I would also set aside a full day to spend at a beach in Malibu, like Matador or Point Dume. The contrast of the mountains and rocks right on the beach is such a beautiful view at sunset.
Hikes are a Los Angeles staple, so I would recommend hitting a hike with a beautiful view of the city, like Wisdom Tree or the Charlie Turner Trail. We would definitely have drive through many of the well-known Los Angeles cities like West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, etc and eat at restaurants with dishes that are most commonly found in LA like gourmet vegan food or Korean BBQ. Downtown Los Angeles is also a very interesting part of town, filled with busy people, rooftop bars, and lots of classic LA fashion. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely dedicate my shoutout to my closest friends and my family for helping me get to where I am today. The friends that I keep closest to me have definitely kept me motivated and inspired in the past couple of years; they always help me push my creativity to the next level. My family has gone above and beyond for me when it comes to supporting any of my crazy decisions, to doing whatever they can to help me get what I need in order to succeed. My mom and my older sister are truly my driving forces. My mom has sacrificed so much to make sure I got a proper education in an amazing school and has done everything in her power to make sure I’m never in need of anything. And my sister has always pushed me to keep going when times get tough, she has taught me that we have the world in the palm of our hand and we just need to take it by storm. I seriously couldn’t have done half of the things I’ve accomplished without these people in my life.
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