— Artist

My inspiration to become a fashion designer came in 1999 when my mother and I were watching the Essence Awards and saw The Designer oF The Year award went to four young urban designers. I realized my mother’s excitement and happiness for them, so I decided to build on my artistic abilities and go to school.

In 1999 I attended Brooks College, Long Beach, CA and earned an Associate of Arts in Fashion Design. After graduating from Brooks College in 2000, I decided to continue my education and was accepted into the Apparel Design program at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. After studying in Rhode Island, I headed back to my hometown to pursue my career in fashion.

I was Inspired by the void in the fashion industry and created the Alchemy1965. With Alchemy1965 my plan have always been to bridge the gap between Ready-to-Wear and Urban Wear by delivering trendy patterns and classic designs made with the finest of quality, “because I sew my own shit!”. By taking current street fashion trends and adding our own touch on urban style, Alchemy1965 will be a world wide lifestyle brand.

My plan is to change the industry by bringing the true meaning of fashion design back into the fashion industry. The talent we have behind the designs of Alchemy1965 is more than just a marketable name or a hobby that someone has decided to take to the next level. Alchemy1965 plans to take the industry under our wing and bring the true designers, designers that not only have the talent, but the knowledge as well, back to the fashion world.

“I think here in America We are trendsetters, but we aren’t really respected for having top designs, and I want to change that. I have a plan and putting that plan in action is my inspiration”. – Jae

So what can you expect from Alchemy1965? “I will bring the unique and raw talent back to the industry. I will feature unique designs with an urban touch. I will bring fresh new trend setting styles with every new season. Alchemy1965 will not follow any trends because it will be the beginning of trend setting.