Monday's post was pretty heavy -for me at least- so I am going to lighten things up with a very inspirational Fashion Inspo post!
Recently, I was able to chat a bit with Beverly Bullock, the designer behind White Kiku, and get to hear her story about how she became a designer. It is a pretty incredible story too! This woman is about as strong as they come! And extremely creative! I am happy to share her story with you today!
"I love anime," Beverly told me, "I like to go to conventions with my husband and dress up in cosplay. But sometimes the costumes can be too tight on my neck or negatively impact my sensory needs, so I started to make them myself, to fit my needs." From there Beverly would be inspired by different shows, usually anime shows, or books/magazines. She explained that she would connect with a character or a certain look and head to Pinterest for ideas to recreate the look. From there, she contemplates how to make the look her own. "Sometimes I do get stuck creatively," she acknowledged, "other times I know exactly what I want." I can relate to that! She also explained that due to other health issues sometimes it can take her a week or so to complete a look.
After hearing about her journey, the ups and downs, and the show that broke her heart, I had to know how she copes with setbacks or disappointments. We all have them, and it is so inspirational to me to hear how others cope with them. "Designing and being creative really helps me," she told me, "when I began sewing at first I could only do it for a few minuets at a time before I had to stop and rest. But those few minuets meant the world to me because sewing made me so happy!"
On a final note, I was curious about her brand name, White Kiku. When I heard it I thought it was very unique and lovely, so I had to ask what it meant. "Well, Kiku is a type of Chrysanthemum flower and it means new beginning," she explained, "and white also represents washing away and starting new. So, for me it reminds me of going forward now being myself and not what people want me to be."
What a beautiful story! And this is just the beginning! I have no doubt Beverly is destined for great things! And I for one am here for it!