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Hanna-Moxey is a woman who’s used to wearing many hats. Corporate diva,
mother, chandler and now fashion designer with the recent launch of her
swimwear line Minka. You can call her a Maven of all trades, entering
into the world of entrepreneurship with Maven Candles, her line of
handmade soy based candles launched in 2009.
Here is an intimate
glimpse into her motivation for venturing into the world of fashion
design with Minka, her design process and plans for the future.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue fashion design?
wanted to pursue Fashion, ever since I was a little girl, since
watching my mom and other ladies model on the local scene back in the
80’s and all throughout high school and college when I got a chance to
express myself through clothing.
Why the name Minka? Tell us the significance of choosing that name for your brand.
love the name! It’s simple, feminine and easy to remember. Although it
means Strength! Something I continue to achieve as I pursue my goals
Give us a three sentence synopsis of your brand and your line.
is for every woman! It is chic, timeless, playful and practical. …Soft
highlights and bold colours popping onto what we consider (a second
skin) fabric that feels and looks amazing on everyone.
Name your top three fashion designers and give one reason why you love their work.
That’s hard. I love so many, my favorites change a lot. At the moment I
am fascinated with Diane Von Furstenburg, I think her style is so
classic, very lady like. I also love Marchesa, I’m a girlie girl and
just love how they appeal to every woman yet make her feel and look
pretty and of course Rachel Roy. She’s hot now! She’s dressing
everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Oprah, AND she’s affordable.
Her style is so modern and sexy. It makes you feel very “womanly”.
How would you describe you personal approach to design. What is your niche or preferred market?.
Market would be women ranging mid 20’s and up. I prefer to focus on the
different shapes of women as opposed to different ages of women. The
result I hope to accomplish a feeling of comfort, sexiness and
classiness in a Minka.
What is your process from inspiration to
finished product? Do you have a ritual when it comes to designing or
I consider everything when it comes to
design including the feel, the look, what appeals to me most, the
femininity and elegance of a “finished product”.
Where do you get your design inspiration?
am inspired by my own personal style and from my friends and paying
close attention to local and international “fashionistas”. I love the
styles of distinguished women and celebrities like Lady Pindling, Jackie
Kennedy, Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett and others, to me they all
embody a classic and iconic style that is both strong and feminine.
What’s your favorite trend for summer 2011?
Maxi Dress! Vibrant and Colorful nail polish (on the toes), Aviators,
straw fedoras and Minka OF COURSE!. I love the cool comfortable look
that says VACATION! Its summer and this is the only time to dress, act
and feel like a tourist when you’re not working I think.
What has been your greatest challenge in designing this line?
greatest challenge has been staying focused on a few styles. My mind
is always wondering and I constantly think of designs daily, and that
confuses my thought process sometimes because I always want to add to
the collection but I try to remember limits and refocus to the plan.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
a mother is my greatest accomplishment. My husband and I have two
beautiful children that at the end of the day are the most value to my
days, life and energy. They inspire me to do more that I thought I was
What is one piece of advice you would give someone
with no formal training who wanted to start a career in fashion design
or establish their own clothing line?
Express yourself and make
whatever you do COUNT in all the ways meaningful to you! As someone once
said to me, it is a lot easier to be a critic than it is to accomplish
things! I always remember that and it makes me not focus on what others
think I am capable of, rather it makes me REALIZE what I am capable of,
I’d share that.
What are your future plans? Endless opportunities!
want to expand Minka, work on a few more projects related to swimwear
and outside of swimwear, travel and be a part of a few fashion weeks in
the next 18 months, and focus on The MaVen Branding as a lifestyle
How can readers contact you and purchase your pieces?
At the moment we are available via the web, you can e mail us email@example.com until our website has been completed. We are also in talks to be carried in some stores this fall.
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