ALEXANDER GIBBSON: “BREAKING BARRIERS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY”

"It’s all about understanding your strengths and analyzing in which ways you can help contribute and elevate projects. I know that me being outgoing is a strength of mine."

REFLECTING ON YOUR CHILDHOOD, WERE THERE ANY SPECIFIC MOMENTS OR INFLUENCES THAT DICTATED WHERE YOUR CAREER IS NOW?

My mother was definitely one. It’s funny because as I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that I’ve become her to a degree. She’s super into fashion. We’re Nigerian and that influences the way that we digest fashion. Every Nigerian is a fashion designer in a sense, because of the way that African clothing is made. They’re all custom made. So we’re coming up with original designs of what we’re wearing. That’s always been apart of the culture. Creating designs was something that was really special to my mom

My mom used to have a store where she sold Nigerian clothing and she’d pick the designs and do wholesale. Growing up she was my first major influence on me caring what I looked like, what I was wearing, and how I presented myself. Her personality — inviting, and warm was another amazing trait of hers. I feel like she just kind of molded me from herself. Ultimately, she’s a major influence in my career path, but not directly. Sh