Designer; Seamstress; Owner, Rebel Citizen. Los Angeles.
Words and Photos by: Channing Beumer
Pretty often, in this line of work, we meet people who really do embody that whole 'got my stuff together' in life thing. Somehow, even in the highs and lows of, you know, everyday breathing, they've found a way to make their world work for them - or, at the very least, they take lemons and turn them into some of that lemonade - a la Beyonce.
Whitney Alix, the designer who makes bold statements with both Rebel Citizen - her globally-inspired fashion/lifestyle brand coveted by conscious stars like Amandla Stenberg and HeyFranHey - AND with her enigmatic personality, is one of those people who seems to have quite a bit figured out. For one thing, she's a new homeowner (which, if you live in California and are in your early 30's is a HUGE accomplishment) and lives in an adorable condo in Baldwin Hills, complete with the most relaxing balcony ever and a top notch interior design job done all by her creative self, because she can "put things together sometimes." Yea. She's modest. Shooting her light-filled sanctuary was a breeze partially because Whitney's design aesthetic belongs in Essence Magazine and primarily because she's a wealth of knowledge. We talked supporting black owned businesses, steps to becoming your own boss, and 401K investments. See what we mean when we say she's got her stuff together? Then there’s the whole stunning natural beauty thing (curls and freckles are poppin' on 10, y'all) and the fact that her closet is stacked with her own original designs and a love for the adidas three stripes. Tunic dresses, cropped t-shirts, metallic shelltoes, and the type of patterned leggings that allow this former ballerina to scream 'I love me some me!" Guys, she knows what she’s doing.
We sat down with Whitney to pick her brain a bit more about art, style, and inspiration. Checkout our convo below as her condo provides the perfect Cali backdrop.
You’re still a very young woman making big moves in your work. What was your upbringing like and how did it shape your work ethic?
As a designer by trade, walk us through your creation process from start to finish.
Where do you look for inspiration?
We’re big believers in passion meeting purpose. What part of your work are you most passionate about? How does this help you live your purpose?
What, in your opinion is your biggest hurdle and how do you overcome?
Self-love is something we feel is extremely important in finding your own level of success. What do you do, or what have you done in the past, to honor yourself?
How would you describe your personal style?
Would you say a lot of your personal style is present in your designs?
We’re all human and we stumble. What do you tell yourself when your feel overwhelmed or overworked?
What’s your favorite sneaker? How do you typically style your sneaks?
If you could speak to every young woman in the world, what advice would you give as a woman and a business owner?
What are your goals for Rebel Citizen in the next year? Where do you see your brand in the next 5 years?
What is your go-to piece in your closet right now?
What does #Chickspiration mean to you?
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