Hello Fashion Icons!
My name is Keyana (Key) Michel, and I’m a fashion blogger, a writer, a dancer, a humanitarian, an all around creative! Most importantly, I’m the creator of Key To Fashion!
I grew up frequently shopping in stores with my mom, almost every weekend loll. And traveling to New York to go to flea markets, to get some of the best gems!
But it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school, where I took the leap of faith to find my own personal style.
Similar to many fresh-meat stories, I was a follower when it came to my style!
The crazy thing about it is was the more I wore what everyone else was wearing, the more lost I felt. It wasn’t until I decided to take the leap of faith to find my own personal style, that I started to truly embrace who I was.
My passion for fashion lured me into gaining various experiences in the field, that have shaped my understanding, while deepening my appreciation.
Some of those experiences include working at retail stores such as Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and TJ Maxx. Interning for Karmaloop a streetwear brand in Boston; and the newmark showroom in New York.
Min college, I hosted the pre-show for the university wide fashion show at my Alma Mater Umass Amherst, where I also began my thrift journey!
My experiences in the resale fashion field include being an active thrifter of course, a resale fashion buyer for Plato’s Closet, where I helped innovate marketing tactics, and educated shoppers to become better sellers, to save the failing business at the time.
In addition, I’m a researcher and student of the field. In 2017, I went to a nationwide conference called The Narts Conference, where I got the opportunity to learn from inspirational resale fashion gurus, business owners and entrepreneurs.
I have thrifted all over! I make it a travel entity lol. Wherever I travel to, I try my best to find a thrift store! Loll . Some of my favorite places I’ve thrifted thus far have been California, Minnesota, Toronto, and London!
In addition, I’m also the founder of Blacks Who Thrift on Instagram, a community platform for Black thrifters and resellers.
Key To Fashion is a very diverse community, but as a Black woman in fashion, I think it’s vital that I also create spaces, for people that look like me.
Below is a podcast episode, where you will find out more about why I started Key To Fashion in the first place!
I think it’s so important for me to share my story with you, and my mission is that it inspires you, to trust your joinery, and to embrace what makes you unique!
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