A few weeks ago I went back to California!
In 2014 I ran back to NYC after living in California for 2 years straight out of college. My time in L.A. was not my shining moment. I was away from everything familiar, working in corporate American (non-fashion) and barely moving along. After about a year I enrolled myself in a fashion sketching class at Long Beach Community College and my entire life was focused on this 2 hour class each week. It became the thing that kept me alive. Once the class was over I realized I was wasting my time and life being unhappy in L.A. So I packed up my apartment and took my talents back to NYC to immediately start me career in fashion!
Last week was the first time I visited L.A. since I left in 2014. Wow - it’s been 14 years! Where does the time go? Sidebar: Time is not on our side - if you’re putting off something, do it now. You do not have “time”! Anyway, when I got the call from Nike Los Angeles to come do a Strongest Ploe One women’s event focused around the Lebron 16s I co-created for women. It was no question it was time to go back, back to Cali!
The event was amazing! Located on the rooftop of the new Nike Melrose store. I new concept store that Nike is rolling out across the U.S. The weather was perfect (as it always is in L.A.) and the food was amazing - prepared by Chef Alisa from her restaurant My Two Cents. The women invited to the event were hand-picked by the Nike team to represent the strongest on the west coast. The host for the day was the incomparable Angela Davis! She’s one of those people that God has filled with all the right words and they spill out effortlessly in every conversation, public or private. I just love her!!!
The afternoon was spent connecting, sharing, networking, laughing and eating. Brandice, Fe, Kimberly and I did a panel discussion on what dignity, courage, strength and loyalty means to each of us and why we choose those words to represent the shoe.
Overall the day was such a blessing. I’m hoping we can get to do something similar on the East Coast. I left the event FULL (literally and spiritually).
I spent the rest of my time in LA mostly working; schlepping through the garment district meeting with factories, buying fabric etc. I had my new publicist Raslyn with me the entire time and we had an amazing time. Bae was in tow as well and we were able to get an afternoon in on Venice Beach.
L.A. felt nostalgic - I didn’t have any ill feelings of the old days. Just good vibes all around!