Angela Stylez Helps Women Discover Their Personal Style With Fifth District Luxe, Addresses K. Michelle Beef
Entrepreneur, mother, consultant, inspirational speaker, and blogger Angela Stylez spends her time helping women understand that when it comes to multi-tasking you have to not only be great at it, but look your best while doing it. As owner and designer of a new affordable women’s ready-to-wear fashion line Fifth District Luxe, Stylez is on a mission to build a brand in the fashion industry that will bring out the confident fashionista in women of all professions. A Hampton University graduate, she tapped into her passion by first styling her college friends. Years later, she is working hard at leaving her mark on the industry.
MadameNoire: Tell us about Fifth District Luxe.
Angela Stylez: It’s a line featuring affordable, luxury clothing. With that I have an extension, the custom beaded charm bracelets, which kind of compliments the theme of modern, chic, contemporary fashion that can carry throughout the ages. That’s the overarching brand identity, …but I also couldn’t find pieces that I personally liked in one particular designer. I would buy Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, Bebe or whoever it is to get pieces so I decided to bring some of my favorite things together and create my own fashion line. The name is derived from the marriage of Fifth Avenue and the Garment District.
MN: Who is the Fifth District Luxe woman?
AS: She pretty much is what I am or those who either inspired me or encouraged me to pursue my passion [as] an entrepreneur. [She] can be a career chick with innovative, independent thinking, an industry influencer. So she’s pretty much an inspirational and empowering career chick in whatever form it comes in whether it’s corporate, freelance, or entrepreneur.
MN: You have a background in television. Where and when did your love of fashion develop?
AS: My love for fashion developed as a child. It started out for me just playing dress-up with my dolls which is kind of what little girls do to an extent, very stereotypical. Then I started making over friends. I’d say, “Oh, you have this face structure. You should schedule an appointment and go for maybe this hairstyle instead or maybe this hair color.” It wasn’t about how I wanted them to look, It was about them being the best them.
[W]hen I was at Hampton, one of my best friends walked into the radio station and she was crying and was like, “All the women here are so fashion forward and trendy.” I said, “If you get student loans or if your parents send you money, when you get your next check, we’re going to take you shopping and make you over.” That’s how I carried it over and I started making over all of my friends and they’re still my friends through today. Thank God they didn’t take offense to it..
MN: You also have a blog called A Broken Fashionista, what can we expect to see on there?
Angela: Life happens. Good, bad, and ugly. And some of the good was my time at Hampton and some of the bad was the unexpected loss of my father. I felt like even through the storms, the highs, the lows, the mountaintops, the valleys, that it’s always about wearing and looking the part for where you’re headed and not necessarily where you are. A Broken Fashionista is really just telling the story of my personal journey and my point of view on everything. It’s kind of a girlfriend get together. You come there and you’re going to get the other side of me; non-business, which is ,”Hey I’ve been through stuff, still going through stuff. I’m not exempt from what life can bring you, but I’m still persevering through it all.” The blog is to encourage people not to stay there long and to take control of their destiny.