Piece | Masters : Chelsea Coffey

We are so happy to have our very first visual story complete just in time for the Fall! Our honored  guest is none other than Houston's own philanthropist, entrepreneur, and creative, Ms. Chelsea Coffey. She let us into the fold to highlight her intimately in our story titled "Risers". Check out the photos and her interview below....




Give a glimpse into what your daily schedule is like.

This question almost gives me as much pause as when I get asked what I do for living. Being an entrepreneur is a tricky discipline because I have to build work hours into my week. Most every day starts out between 6:30 and 7am with time of prayer and meditation followed up by getting ready to either start working on my online store, The Coffey Shop, head out to a meeting or the office. 

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of denying oneself and getting up early! Can you delve more into that topic?

I love that you ask that. When I was younger, I relished being able to sleep in. Now that I'm older, there's something so special to me about the quiet time I have with God early in the morning. It's this little sacred window to set the tone of my day before emails, texts and calls start coming in, and I can totally tell the difference from day to day when I don't take the time to find my center and get off on the right foot.

Tell us what Mia’s Closet is and how it came to fruition.

Mia's Closet is my nonprofit, my baby, my passion project. I simply love the work we do. Every quarter, we hosts events for guys and girls kindergarten to 12th grade in underserved communities. At our events, each kid get a personal stylist who helps them shop through donations of new and gently used clothing, and they get to take all of their finds home with them for free. We've been doing it for four years now, and it's such a blessing that I can barely remember the time before Mia's Closet. 

I was employed by a chemical distribution company, and working on my masters when I came up with the idea. I had reached a point where I recognized an emptiness and wasn't sure where it was coming from, so I figured giving back could possibly be the answer. I was totally right, and God has just blown me a away with the success of the organization. It's crazy, and I'm so thankful.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a non-profit?

Just start. Start giving back. Tell your friends. The right ones will get it, and dive in with the craziest sense of dedication. It's going to blow your mind... So get your chit together. Find an attorney or CPA who can help you apply for 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS as soon as possible. This will allow you to offer a tax deduction form to donors. They'll want to know if you're tax exempt, trust me. That status creates all sorts of opportunities.

Also, research. Research. Research. Research. A nonprofit is still a business, and needs to be respected as such. Identify the things you're good at, and not so good at. Ask questions, and build a team of people who can supplement your shortcomings. Otherwise you might find yourself banging your head against the wall, and that'll slow you down. 

What do you think is the main factor that has attributed to your success?

Man, the list... Prayer. The best friends ever. The most supportive parents that I could have possibly asked for, and clarity. I really feel like the vision for Mia's Closet is a gift from God for me to give back in a way that was uniquely destined just for me. I honor that calling wholeheartedly

Have you ever thought about expanding Mia’s Closet to a international platform?

Yes! lol That was the original intent. To go wherever we're called, whether it be domestic or otherwise. 

What is your definition of a composer? Do you feel as if you are one in your own right?

Hmm. I'd define a composer as someone who walks in the truth of their vision. They see something so clear in their mind that they just know they have to create it. Simple as that. A composer is the visionary who executes. So ya, as long as I'm bringing my visions to life I'd like to think I'm a composer.

photos by: Deun Ivory

Wanna get involved? Mia's Closet is always recruiting for new volunteers!!!


Follow Mia's Closet:

IG: @miascloset || Twitter: @miascloset_hou || FB: Mia's Closet Houston

Edwige Pierre Presents: Intermezzo AW16

Introducing the new guy on the block, Edwige Pierre. This menswear brand has launched its second collection titled, Intermezzo for your sartorial pleasure. The driver behind the brand is NYC based Joshua Washington. After receiving his masters from Polimoda in Florence, Italy, Mr.Washington created his brainchild, named after his late grandmother Edwige. 

The references for each garment can be traced back to his days living in Europe while traveling all over the world. Intermezzo takes us back to the Vienna Sucession movement. This period was a thriving time for Austrian painters, architects, and sculptors. We had the opportunity to be on location during the lookbook shoot at Internum, one of Houston's premier home decor boutiques. The usage of various structural elements within the lookbook serve as a representation of the infamous Gustav Klimt, the leader of the movement whose claim to fame was tied to his supreme skill as a decorator. 

The term Intermezzo was coined from Joshua's believe that his collections are interludes or preludes of the ideation process of his mental. As a budding designer we cannot wait to see where his creative thoughts continue to lead him. 

We got the opportunity to ask Joshua what his definition of a composer is and does he think that he's one is his own right.

  "A composer is someone or something that can unify multiple elements to create a unique experience. I do believe I am one to some extent, but I'm still learning."

Visit: edwigepierredesigns.com




Model: @theurbanesavant || Photographer: Emil Browne

I'll Fly Away...

Eric: Yo, whats good. Tryna shoot?

Me: Bet that.

Conversations between Eric Michvel, man behind the lens, and I pretty much go that way. It's something organic about forming relationships with other creatives that I love. It's sort of like flying I guess... pure and natural. The instinctive type of vibe that artist share is so beautiful. However, in this social media crazed age its frustrating at times because everyone is trying to emulate the very thing the "hip" follower in their count is trying to do as well. I've been having this conversation with a few people as of late who all truly hate having to update a status to stay relevant. The love of photography, art, etc seems to becoming watered down in a sense. But in the words of Jhene, "we live for the love, die for the love..." The love of composing and creating is not a mere phase to the ones who truly do just that. Doing what completes you should be so fluid  that you don't even realize what you've done until its finished. 

photos by: Eric Michvel 

So grab one of your creative homies and stop scrolling on IG.

Continue to soar.... everything will turn out fine. 

Orange Culture Presents.... Etched Journey (S/S '16)

Orange Culture has been one of my favorite menswear brands since introduced in Fall of 2013 at Lagos Fashion & Design Week. The true star of the brand, however, is none other than Adebayo Okelawal, the brands founder and brainchild. His quiet and loving spirit speaks volumes through every collection and I am super proud to have him in my life. 

Etched Journey is just another peak into the heart of this man, and the vibe of his home country of Nigeria. With inspiration drawn from the life of a Lagos fisherman, the collection exudes "the rawness in the journey of our fisherman and ignites the sort of beauty that didn't need to be loud to be noticed; the beauty that holds in moments that demand a human recognition beyond the eyes, but through the soul." 

OC tapped fellow Nigerian brand, O'eclat to assist with the creation of the beautiful raw leather bags to emulate the breezy and comfortable  lifestyles of these men. In addition, the leather chokers and neck pouches were created in collaboration with Treefairfax. 

Man and his canoe is the painted picture. Imagine yourself at sea while watching these fisherman cast in the catch of the day through the eyes of Adebayo and Orange Culture....

Photography: Tope Horpload

Makeup: Deydeysoso

 Hair: Queen Darling

Models: Kwen & Mannie

Find Out More About Orange Culture: orangeculture.com

Life is just complex simplicity....

The term complex simplicity has become my life mantra ever since I was introduced to the phrase by the R&B goddess, Teedra Moses back in '08. My muse and I were having a casual conversation about wanting to just be. free. (among boys and other things lol ) while sitting around the house. So we decided to get some test shots off in the moment and just lived! Let the lyrics guide your thoughts as you take in the images. Enjoy....  

Everybody's worried bout tomorrow
Will they see tomorrow
I'm just tryna get mine off today
Mama said tomorrow ain't promised
So I'm tryna live like it's my very last day

You can't spend your life
Being in fear of all that may be
You gotta press on, you gotta be free
You gotta breathe
Inhale, exhale, come on 

photography: me || muse: tiara marei