The Hero’s Journey of Imani Lanier

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I appreciate the constant change in the world that inspires my work on a daily basis. I must accept change and adapt it into my work in order to stay relevant with the times.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Simplicity of life and stimulation of the mind while exploring and discovering this spaceship we call earth. Oh, and a ride or die lovely by my side.

What is my greatest fear? Failure

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My sensitivity , although you could say it is a good quality.. but sometimes it holds you back.

What is my greatest extravagance? I never want to repeat my own work or copy someone else’s work.. I want to innovate in my field while at the same time staying relevant with the times.

On what occasion would I lie? When the truth would create an even worse outcome for all involved.

What is the influence of role models, in my work and in my life? I am not really a follower, so I take what I can from others accomplishments and try to see how that may fit into my journey.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Politics, vanity and lack of substance.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I was very happy when I was designing for Nike Asia Pacific. The team was amazing and collaborative. We also had the ability to fly off to any Asian country on a whim at anytime for a much needed break.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Career wise, I tend to keep it just a little too real sometimes. People don’t always appreciate the truth.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I have a few… I developed the first Cut & Sew products for the Supreme NYC brand. I designed the first premium denim collection for Levi’s ( Red ) and my time at Nike was a very special time.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? It depends on what type of inspiration I am in need of at the moment. When I need spiritual inspiration I tend to drive into Malibu to a secluded area to take in the energy of the sea. When I need to be inspired for work I may spend the day hitting up spots across the entire city of los angeles.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favorite is a local taco spot called Esquela Taqueria  http://escuelataqueria.com/

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partner Matt Bloomingdale who operates our Showroom Season After Season. http://www.seasonafterseasonshowroom.com/

Whom would I like to work with in the future? I’m a serial entrepreneur … So my real interest is in collaborations with people I respect. I’d love to do something with Stone Island, BYBORRE, Nigel Cabourn to name a few.

What project, in the nearby future, am I looking forward to work on? It’s a secret

How can you contact me? https://imani-lanier.squarespace.com/

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