My name is Shaquita Catrice Harvey and I am a fashion designer, specializing in 1950’s style skirts with an edgy twist.
I currently live with epilepsy and I have been living with this illness for 16 years. I started my clothing line “A Bridge To London” last year when I lost my corporate design job because I grew more ill from the stress of the fashion industry. It caused me to have more seizures in two months, than I had in the two years prior combined. I was a firm believer that I could work in an environment with others who were normal and succeed in the same way that they did. I lasted there four years, but unfortunately I am very different from them. So, I decided to channel my artistic vision into my own clothing line, which has always been my dream.
I have always been a girly girl, in which I love to wear full, lady-length skirts because they make me feel very feminine. But, I am also very edgy at heart, so I decided to make extremely feminine skirts from edgy materials, such as vinyl, leather, fur, etc. It’s sort of a salty and sweet mix. My ultimate goal is to make women all over the world feel amazing in my skirts. To make women of all ages fearless in what they wear and have the confidence to show individuality in a society that expects women to look the same. A Bridge To London is meant to give you a feeling of the 1950’s, but the look of the future. Here is my website https://abridgetolondonny.bigcartel.com.
I had the opportunity to show my Spring/ Summer 2016 collection during NYFW in September, which was such a rewarding experience for all of the hard work that I have done in the past year and all that I have overcome with my illness thus far. I would like to be apart of your magazine because any way that I can inspire others living with epilepsy and any obstacle, not to give up and follow their dreams, I would like to participate. I suffered a grand mal seizure 3 weeks ago, which unfortunately caused me to lose some of my memory. But, I continue to make skirts because my business is my proof that I will make it through. Everyday with epilepsy is a constant struggle for me and the fight and the fashion is what I live for. And, most importantly, bringing awareness to my clothing line, because some of my skirts are works of art that can be worn in everyday life. I am building my brand up every single day and this opportunity would definitely contribute to that.
Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. Please take a look at my Fall/Winter 2015 video on my website, as well as the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. I really think you will enjoy it.