Celebrity Fashion Designer, Natt Taylor, Talks Candidly about Transitioning from Selling in Boutiques to Working with Major Retailers

Designer offers advice for up-and-coming fashionistas

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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.)

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