Tanya Taylor's Best Advice for Young Designers

(FLOTUS and Beyoncé wear her designs.)

Fresh off of CFDA Productions Americans in Paris and the Fashion Fund, Tanya Taylor is a rising star on the fashion scene, whose designs have regularly been sported on A-list celebrities and fashion mavens.  But despite the prestige of her eponymous brand, Tanya's line is relatively new compared to many of her competitors. "I saw an opportunity in the market for a brand with a female designer’s point of view that was expressive [and] approachable. I wanted to learn everything about the roles within a fashion business while also discovering and challenging my creative vision," Tanya told Couturesque exclusively. "After four months of market research and creative exploration, I started my business in August 2011, motivated to understand how art and business interacted in New York City’s fashion landscape."   

Things weren't easy at the onset however, and Tanya faced many barriers.  "The most important change I have made in the past year is to be fearless and look to people who have specialized knowledge and experience. It is imperative for me to surround myself with industry leaders who are able to advise, mentor and help position my success," she tells us.  "It certainly isn’t as glamorous as it may appear. I spend countless late nights and weekends at the office. Being an emerging designer requires constant dedication to your craft and passion."

What Tanya is most insistent about though, is that young designers learn to ask for and seek help.  "At the beginning of my career, I struggled with knowing how to ask for help and [this] was a barrier for growth," says Tanya. "The single most important thing that I have learned during my career is if you need help, ask for it."

You can read our full interview with Tanya Taylor here.  

WHO: Tia, Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: Leather culottes
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief