HOMETOWN: Southfield, Michigan
DAY JOB: Fashion Designer & entrepreneur, wife and mother of two
MICHIGAN FASHION WEEK: Learn More
LOREN HICKS HOPES TO KEEP UP AND COMING DESIGNERS AND TALENT FROM FLOCKING TO THE COASTS AND INSTEAD, BRING A STRONG FASHION CULTURE AND HUB TO DETROIT. IN AN EFFORT TO DO SO, HICKS DEVELOPED THE MICHIGAN FASHION SUMMIT
We’ve always been inspired by the dreamers and doers of the world; people who light their own fires inside, who seek to live a life of purpose and passion and whether loudly or quietly, large or small, they keep moving forward to better their corner of the world. No matter their roots, these people embody the entrepreneurial and renaissance spirit, the grit and soul of Detroit.
We joined Loren Hicks in her office to see what her days are like and learn more about her work as a fashion designer and founder of the Michigan Fashion Summit.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND YOUR WORK.
“I saw the need for designers to get exposure, I saw the need for designers, especially here in Michigan to get a platform to really showcase their brand and showcase their clothing. I think that Michigan is full and Detroit specifically is full of many talented people in the industry and I really felt a need to really massage the people and really get to know them and see how we could really advance their career in the fashion industry right here in Michigan.”
DID THAT STEM FROM YOUR OWN WORK AS A FASHION DESIGNER?
“It did! It definitely extended from my own work because being a fashion designer, there’s not a lot here in Michigan, you know. One of my goals is to stop people from moving to New York or California to [show] that you can have your fashion brand right here in Detroit.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AS A FASHION DESIGNER AND WHAT YOU’RE UP TO TODAY.
“I actually have a degree in statistics from Grand Valley State University. Going to school, you know, fashion design was kind of frowned upon, so I didn’t go to school for fashion design and went to school to be a statistician. From there, once I graduated, I couldn’t let go of my passion for fashion so I started taking classes. I learned how to sew, I learned how to drape, I got a couple of certificates from sewing and then from there I designed my own things. I had a mentor, and she really helped me on how to develop my own line. So right now, yes, I’m designing my own garments. You can look at my garments on my website. And I’m also doing Michigan Fashion Summit, so I’m doing both at the same time.”
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LINE, YOUR WORK?
“I love sequence, I love shiny, I love bold pieces. My style is really glamorous. It’s really for someone who wants to make a statement when they walk into the room, who’s not afraid to have someone saying, “Oh wow look at those shoes, look at the dress that you have on!” So, it’s really for someone that’s bold.”
WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
“I do kind of follow the trends that are in line now, what’s going on in New York, what’s going on in London, but I am a very creative person and I feel like a lot of my creativity comes from within myself, I like to read, I like to write and this is a great outlet for my creativity.”
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBED THE DETROIT FASHION SCENE?
“The Detroit fashion scene is really up and coming, there’s a lot of really good players in the fashion arena right now and they’re really making a difference in the city. Detroit style is definitely urban and I think we can mix that urban with classic design, from the headquarters of New York or London, that is slowly coming into Detroit style as well, but Detroit now is definitely urban and streetwear inspired.”