For some, talent just seems to fall out of the sky and right into their lap. As Demi Blvck’s creator Demetrius explains it, he’s a late bloomer in the world of fashion and design. He took to designing in his early twenties, and learned how to sew and construct luxury garments from the esteemed “Youtube University.” Self taught with an otherworldly imagination, I don’t think I’ve ever met a young designer with so much talent and ambition. He holds the winning cocktail for success, and his future is bright.
A few weeks ago, I dropped by the Demi Blvck Design studio for a sneak peak at the latest collection. I didn’t know what to expect, but my expectations were pretty high. Because you see, I’m pretty familiar with Demetrius and his work. After bumping into each other at a mutual friend’s wedding, he invited me by to check things out. Staying true to the ethos of his brand, there was a ton of bold eye catching color, mixed prints and textures. His designs are definitely not created for the modest. It’s a maximalist paradise. Imagine if Balmain and Versace had a lovechild - her name would be Demi.
Demetrius is calling Demi Blvck’s next collection “Chandelier’s Cry in Color”. The inspiration draws from the Japanese anime characters in the short stories he writes. He simply visualizes the characters in costumes, and creates them - no sketches or anything. Raw talent.
With only a few years under his belt as a designer, and having spent some time living outside Memphis, Dee, has made quite the buzz in the region’s fashion scene. Demi Black has been featured for the second year in a row on the runways of Memphis Fashion Week, Charlotte’s Fashion Excursion, and dressed WNBA’s LA Sparks baller Cathy Poindexter. His dream clients are those that are confident and aren’t afraid to take fashion risk; such as fashion killers: Rihanna and ASAP Rocky.
I asked what was to come for the brand, and Dee says he’s working to get his latest collection manufactured so that it can be made available to his clients. He wanted to also encourage the creatives here in his hometown Memphis to not wait, but to simply create.