I am Michaiyla Carmichael from Buffalo, New York. An eighteen year old currently living in New York City to study at Pace University. I recently created a brand, For The Culture Couture®, to present my custom clothing pieces. My designs consist of unique hand- painted denim jackets. As a young African- American woman, the themes of my work range from black power and unity to celebrating black culture and beauty. Being a political science major, I create political, sometimes controversial, pieces to bring awareness of the various issues of struggle. I strive to make the comfortable uncomfortable, to draw attention to my political messages. I design each jacket differently, making each piece a one of a kind.