StylingSeries: Sade Mims

Sade Mims – designer & founder of accessories brand Edas– discusses her nostalgic & eclectic style, her entrepreneurship journey & the ways she looks backwards to make things for now.
StylingSeries: Sade Mims

How did you start your own accessories brand? 

Growing up, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I knew very early on that I wanted to create my own “thing”, I just didn’t know what capacity that would be in. It had been my first year out of highschool and while in college I was yearning to develop a brand. I then started making jewelry and objects with my hands. Expressing myself by using my fingers became a form of therapy during a time when I needed to release the ideas that had been brewing inside of me. I was working for a jewelry company in Philadelphia and I noticed the broken inventory we had piled up with no usage from the shop. I asked my manager at the time, if I could have  those items since they had been overlooked and unused. I wanted to upcycle them into something new, something refreshing, rework them and make them something my own. That's in short, how Edas came about. 


How do you describe your personal style? 

I would say eclectic and vivid. I love nostalgia. I look at the history of fashion and feel so connected to the 1960s,  1970s and the late 90s. I love timely silhouettes and pairing new designers with old vintage pieces. My personal style is deeply determined by my frame of mind. My style sometimes *without knowing* is responsive to my environment and the social climate. It's forever evolving, yet always holding on to some very Sade core values. 


How has 2020 shaped your view of the fashion industry and your hopes for the future?

This year has allowed for underrepresented folks to have more of a platform, more of a voice. We are finally witnessing Black creatives across many industries being paid fair and equal, so that's really rewarding to see. There's still so much to do, but if we can at least start distributing money adequately, the individual power each creative has is wide and limitless. I am so excited to see what the next 10 years will look like for Black people in the fashion industry. My hope for the future is that this momentum stays alive! That we really rebuild and detach from this toxic structure the industry was built on and engage with new sustainable practices that benefit all people. 2020 simply sparked the fire in the world that many Black fashion professionals have always felt. The world needed the 2020 awakening,  


What does sensuality mean to you & how does it influence your style? 

Sensuality isn't all about how you look on the outside, but, for me, it’s mainly about the inside spark. It's the fire that lives within that brings out my sensual side. Passion and sensuality influence my style a great deal and expose my confidence. I’m someone who can doubt things or feel insecure some days,  but when I tap into my sensual side, it's almost as if the world's validation of me, loses power and that spark from the inside is all that truly matters. I find that spark by always looking inward.  When I spend time being introspective,  my foundational layer brings me back to my sexy, always. 


What does your creative process look like? 

When I’m designing pieces, I always go back to nostalgia. I’m always doing research on past times and eras. Styling is a similar process. I often joke that I design things for myself, so my creative process looks very similar each time I use any creative part of my brain. It goes back into time, it's staring at my reflection to see myself fully, it's almost always vulnerable and a bit messy. I need it messy, because the clean up always feels so much more rewarding!  

Have the constraints of this year shaped your creativity? 

My creative process these days holds empathy, as it always has. But this time that empathy is accompanied by patience, and perseverance. It feels survival, even. I’m looking for inspiration through a modest lens. Needing less on the mood board, but more on the heart. I am using grace and thoughtfulness in a deeper way than ever before. It feels good to be this centered creatively though. I've always described my process as visceral and innate and this year's constraints have heightened those adjectives for me. 


What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

I want my legacy to be authentic. I want it to be transported through both the work and directly from the artist. I want it to make you feel, to make you think, to make you be better. If my veracity can inspire people, then that's my legacy right there. 

How did you style look #1? 

These are Levi shorts  paired with a Sean John blazer made in collaboration with Macy’s some years ago. It's really oversized. And this felt right. Its kind of boxy, kind of androgynous and very simple. I love that! I kind of feel like with each of these looks, the bras do the talking.

How did you style look #2? 

This jacket is a JW Anderson x UNIQLO collaboration that is really the perfect fall and winter item. I decided to pair it with the underwear, as the juxtaposition between inner and outerwear seem to really make me giddy when meshed together. It's kind of genius! 

How did you style look #3? 

I love the way this high-waisted, wool blend  Michaeal Kors skirt looks on. It hugs my minimal curves in all the right places. I feel so sexy everytime I find myself in this skirt! 

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