With a passion for social justice and sustainability, Blakeley Rogers uses fashion as a vehicle for making a positive impact on the world. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Blakeley has always been exposed to a diverse range of fashion. Blakeley believes that clothing is a form of self-expression and that everyone can be “fashionable” if they wear their clothes with confidence. After all, money can’t buy style.
Cultural appropriation is a continuing problem in the fashion world. Pulling inspiration from various cultures in the name of fashion can be a beautiful thing when it’s done correctly. After four years of membership in Appalachian African Community, a Service-Learning trip to Uganda and a lifelong admiration for African culture, Blakeley Rogers decided to create a line inspired by African culture. She hopes to encourage others to educate themselves before taking cues from other cultures. It’s all about giving credit where credit is due.