Welcome to the forty-fourth episode of the Heart + Hustle podcast. Today we’re talking about building a clothing line with the beautiful Tennille McMillian of NAKIMULI. NAKIMULI is a clothing line that uses bold prints to set themselves apart for women who are into dressing for themselves. Tennille talks to us from her workroom in Brooklyn about how she got started working in fashion warehouses, how she grew to 50K followers on Instagram, how it’s imperative for black creatives to support each other, and so much more! Tennille is super sweet and we are so happy to have her on the podcast!
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About Tennille McMillian:
Owner + designer Tennille McMillan established NAKIMULI in 2009. Growing up in Brooklyn, Tennille always stood out as "the weird one" with her unique style of dress. She used that to her advantage and began teaching herself how to sew after graduating from high school at age 16. Tennille developed her skills by making clothes for family members and costumes for fellow dance students at Hunter College. After graduating with a BA in dance, Tennille decided to pursue fashion instead of dancing professionally. That is when NAKIMULI began to take shape. In 2012, Tennille began working with Erykah Badu, and still creates items for her. NAKIMULI has also been worn by Eva Marcille, Jill Scott, Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black), Jazmine Sullivan, and Merrill of TuneYards. Tennille still designs NAKIMULI in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
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“I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg