Taylor Nikole, Booked X Busy, Fashion

Taylor Nikole, Booked X Busy

These Earrings Pay Homage to Iconic Black Women

Literal works of art.

9/18/2020 12:30:00 AM

Literal works of art.

TAYLOR NIKOLE's one-of-one, handmade pieces are wearable works of art.

Related |Seeing Red: Zendaya to the ExtremePAPERsat down with TAYLOR NIKOLE to talk about how her southern roots inspire her big city hustle and what it means to create earrings that empower, inspire and remind us that we're all art.What was your earliest exposure to art and fashion?

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Growing up my mom was a fashion designer, so I got a lot of my fashion influences from her.Your earrings are made by hand. What's your creative process?I look at shapes, colors, architecture and paintings to spark my inspiration. Then I start sketching out ideas and map out how I can turn them into an earring. From there, I just experiment with clay until I'm happy with the design.

Your pieces always make a statement. What should someone feel when they put on your earrings?They feel like art! That is the goal to make each person feel one-of-a-kind. When they wear a piece, I see that my customers feel confident and beautiful.What does it mean to be a Black-owned business, especially when the Black Lives Matter movement is getting so much attention?

It means so much to be a Black woman and lead a Black-owned business. More than anything, it lets me inspire others to keep going and chase their dreams. I feel so empowered and responsible to uplift my people.A lot of your earrings are named after iconic Black women. Who might be next in line to have a piece named after them and why?

I think the next earring will be named"Saint," inspired bybecause she is my idol. Everything she does is so powerful to me and unique, and I want to honor that.What from Black culture do you draw inspiration from for your designs?The culture of Black music and visuals. The way we carry ourselves and set trends gives me inspiration to stand out.

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