Natt Taylor, a lover of fashion and style, is a self-taught designer from Irvington, New Jersey. Although she learned how to sew in high school, Taylor didn’t pursue her passion as a designer until after college. Taylor graduated with a degree in accounting from Morris Brown College, but left corporate America after two years to follow her dream as a fashion designer.
BlackEnterprise.com: The process from sewing to designing
Taylor: I am self-taught, I didn’t go to school for it. I actually went to school for accounting and later realized that it wasn’t for me. I started teaching myself how to sew because I needed a creative outlet. So I would find the most intricate and detailed patterns and would teach myself how to make those patterns. I allowed that to grow organically, and it’s all been a trial and error type of process.
On transitioning from accountant to designer.
I knew, for me, that accounting wouldn’t be the end all be all before I even jumped into it. All I knew is that I wanted a corner office and that I wanted to be the owner of the company—open up a CPA and just run my own business. But I think bottom line, I don’t think it mattered what it was, I just knew I wanted to run my own business. I don’t regret the path that I took, because everything that I learned while I was working, I have used it for my business now. (Click the next page to read more.)