Luxury in Men’s and Women’s Fashion has a new name: Borris Powell. He was the winner of the prestigious Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011 and received numerous accolades in the local and national press, including Lucky and Elle. Born in Alabama, the passionate designer developed his dreams of a career in fashion early on in life. Throughout his childhood, his lifelong dream would take shape while observing his mother preparing for a night out on the town, or even a Sunday visit to church. He trained his young eyes on color and silhouette, and would often advise her on style choices. Then, while everyone was away, he would sneak into the living room to play with the sewing machine and develop his craft.
Inspired by the masterful shapes of Christian Dior; Powell followed his dreams and moved to Chicago to start his design career in 1997. Over the following decade, at the consistent urging of his friends, he pursued his vision with an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and creativity that has built him a devoted following. His trademark silhouettes have the comforting familiarity of his early authentic memories mixed with a chic nod to high-end city life.
I’ve always wanted to make women feel beautiful, Powell says. Perfection for an unforgettable night on the town is exactly what it feels like to step into one of his custom-made pieces. His designs are created with a flirtatious mix of art and sartorial skill. He uses surprising textures and classic colors that complement the female form without losing sight of the luxury aesthetic. When you look good, you feel good and everything else will fall into place.