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Thursday, May 13, 2010

WBM Features: iLLSpire

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
-Yves Saint Laurent

In a world that's quickly becoming homogenous, it's often difficult to stand out and make your impression felt. There is for example and far too frequent it seems, this one, attempting to be like that one, that one trying to be like this one, which ironically enough causes individualistic movements to not be so individualistic and much like something else. Yet what's more interesting is that regardless of what "that one" or "this one" are, they're interchangable with the self expression of the arts and humanities.

On the other hand, there is one movement, out of The Garden State (New Jersey) beginning to grow while at the same time, becoming catalysts for a more ill lifestyle so to speak. Not in a sense of sick, but ill in the sense of better. iLLSPiRE Fashion Group as they're known is inspiring an individualized well being while looking great in the process.

Check out what was said and have an opportunity to know them a little better.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is illSPiRE?

illSPiRE: iLLSPiRE means: inspiring people to live 'iller.' our goal is for you to stay cool, live fresh, & be ill. the illspire culture promotes no boundaries, no barriers to keep you from living life the way you decide. our brand allows you to express yourself in a fun and creative way, while paying tribute to the trends of the past. we stand by those who dare to be different, accept the challenges that stand before us, & embrace all who believe that life has no limits. welcome to our creation and we hope that you decide to live iLLSPiRE.

Where are you from?

illSPiRE: Jersey north to south.

What does fashion mean to you?

illSPiRE: Fashion to me is when you have the chance to express who you are without even speaking. Majority of people stereotype on first impression by what a person has on, and fashion gives you that chance to deliver that.

What would you consider your style of clothing?

illSPiRE: The style would be considered eye catching, meaningful, and inspiring.

What do you like most about being a fashion designer?

illSPiRE: The fact that i can take my visions put them down on paper and then have them transferred to clothing that someone can wear and express to countless viewers.

How did you develop illSPiRE Cause?

illSPiRE: iLLSPiRE came about with the vision that two cousins had when they came together and decided that they wanted to wear their own clothing and share them with others.

What inspires and motivates you?

illSPiRE: When iLLSPiRE first came about my inspirations were different than they are now. At the beginning it was the fact that the designs that were out at the time were either not appealing to me or I felt that I could make them myself. Now that iLLSPiRE has a following I feel that I keep going for them, the idea of them wanting more and helping me get my vision out is the fuel to keep my motor going.

Biggest accomplishment?

illSPiRE: I really do not know how to rate certain accomplishments over others. Every accomplishment is big to me, but to name some are being put into shops, invited to partake in multiple fashion shows, having an online shop, acquire a following.

How long have you been involved in fashion?

illSPiRE: iLLSPiRE officially launched in october of 2008.

What type of impact would you like to make with illSPiRE Cause?

illSPiRE: Sky is literally the limit. If you limit yourself then once you are approacing your goal you begin to decrease, but if you do not set a bar than you continue to strive for greatness.

What do you do outside of fashion design?

illSPiRE: Support positive movements. For example we have are associated with multiple dancers, Taeko Carroll, Jose Tena, Ian Eastwood. Also a skateboarder out of north jersey by the name of Pete lopez. Time to Time we get a poem from MJeanious and others.

Considering this is the top of the year, what are your plans for 2010?

illSPiRE: Do more of everything we did last year, double matter a fact triple what was done then. Do more fashion shows, get our product in more stores, get more people to join the movement.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their fashion aspirations?

illSPiRE: If you really have a dream then go ahead and make it a reality. If you REALLY want to persue fashion than nothing should hold you back. At times you may hit some road bumps that slow you down, but the further you keep going the more you shall see improvement. Positive people produce a positive outcome.

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