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Meet Saphyra Saint Fort

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saphyra Saint Fort.

Saphyra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My desire for design and fashion started way before I was born. My granny was a single mother of two, my mother being her only daughter. MY mother and granny did a lot of bonding while playing dress-up. My mom would tell me stories about my grandmother dressing her up like a doll and those were some of her best memories she held on to.

So being stylish and dressing up was already written in my DNA. I won best dress in High School, I started a styling service in 2012 and eventually decided to relocate to New York City to study Fashion Design at Parson “The New School of Design”.

I launched my brand in 2014, with the intent to create signature pieces, and help pay tuition. I started selling through social media and eventually built my website. I love telling stories with my pieces, giving them meaning, and allow my customers to engage in “dress up”, just like mother did when she was younger.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning, I struggled a lot with self-identity. I was so hard on myself and tried to fit in with crowds that really didn’t suit me. So it was challenging, I felt like my work had little to no meaning, so I would go on long breaks and not create.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
SAINT FORT represents, the “will minded” woman.

We specialize in signature pieces, pieces that literally causes the world to stop!

What sets us apart is we create a limited amount each designs, we create with the intent to inspire, we don’t follow trends and try to monetize on it. We design and set the tone for the next trend.

What were you like growing up?
I was such a bossy little person, I knew what I wanted, how I wanted it and If I couldn’t buy it I would make/create it. I loved RnB music, wasn’t the scholar in school but I managed to get through.

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