Coco Salako

Mia

Coco Salako
Mia

Mia is a Fashion Business Management student at FIT. Read our interview to find out more about her...

Tell Me About Yourself and what you’re doing right now.

Right now I go to FIT and I just started working at Zimmermann for sales. I also youtube on the side, but it’s mainly those 3 things.

 

What first got you interested in fashion?

So my uncle’s wife, when I was in elementary school, had her own online store which she would make stuff for. She taught me how to use a sewing machine and how to make patterns and everything. But before that I used to tape clothes onto my barbies and my babysitter taught me how to hand sew when I was 5 years old. So I guess people in my family played a part in my interest in fashion. When the internet was becoming more popular, I was exposed to things that got me more interested in fashion.

Why did you choose Fashion Business Management as a major?

I didn’t want to do design just because post-graduating I won’t really find a job anywhere. I enjoy designing, but it’s just a lot for me personally so I felt the business part would be more reliable and I would learn more from it. My specialization is product development so it’s kind of like design, it’s mainly digital, and I still get to create stuff. It’s a balance between both, but definitely with business I would be able to do more when I graduate.

How would you describe your style?

Right now my style is very comfortable and sporty. I like a lot of stuff Kanye does, maybe not right now with everything that’s going on *giggles*, but I do like his sneaker designs. I also really like 90’s sportswear pieces, specifically old chanel sportswear and cindy crawford vibes. I just like being comfortable and sporty, and I always wear sneakers.

 

The perfect summer outfit consists of…

Biker shorts, oversized t-shirt and sneakers or biker shorts, sneakers and a sports bra with a windbreaker.

Who are your style icons living or dead?

I love Rihanna, I feel like everyone loves rihanna. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of older vintage stuff, so like a lot of stuff worn by cindy crawford and tyra banks in the 90s.  Also I really like Emily Oberg, who used to work for complex but now has her own brand. She’s not very flashy at all, she’s a mixture between luxury and sportswear which I really like. I feel like beyonce’s been looking very good lately so I also pull stuff from her looks.

 

Where or who do you get inspiration from?

Instagram but also on the street. If I see someone in person wearing something that I love, I get instant inspiration. I like seeing how people style things in their own unique ways.

What is your biggest fear and why?

This is very extreme, but death by drowning is definitely up there. I’m not the best swimmer and I’ve choked on water before so my life flashed before my eyes at that moment.  

 

What is more important to you - how you value yourself or how others value you?

Oh definitely how I value myself. I feel like social media is so big now that it’s kinda hard sometimes to keep a balance between everything but at the end of the day these are apps. If they got shut down tomorrow, what would you do? So yeah I think how I value myself is more important.

What advice would you give a high school student that’s trying to get into fashion?

I would say try to find schools that have fashion programs. I’m from Maryland originally so I didn’t really find any schools for me that had fashion programs. There was one close to me that had one but it was very expensive. I know Morgan has a fashion program and Howard has a design program, but still it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. If you can’t come to New York, LA or Miami immediately, still find a school that has a course that’s fit for you so that way you can transfer sometime down the line.

What can we expect from you in 2018?

I’m trying to grow my youtube channel as much as possible, I think that’s my main priority other than work and school. Also I would like to up my game on instagram and come through with better outfits.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to move probably 2 years after I graduate, to probably like Miami or LA. I really want to work for Nike and design sneakers for them but their headquarters are in Portland Oregon which isn’t the most ideal place I want to live in. I’m not too sure where i’ll be exactly, but I know i’ll be in product development or marketing with sports brands.

IG: @mfromnextdoor

 

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