13, Hauppauge, NY, #DesignerAkai
Favorite Designers: Ralph Lauren, Chanel
Design Aesthetic: Classic American
A’kai began learning how to hand stitch from his aunt at the age of four. At a ripe age of nine years old, he got his first internship with a local fashion designer, whom he interned with for three years, going into the studio every Saturday, learning how to sew. From there, he perfected his design skills by trial and error and watching YouTube videos. His style can be described as classic American. He is very keen on details on his own designs such as colors, textiles and silhouette. In addition to designing, A’kai participates in track and field, volleyball, basketball, plays the cello, and enjoys figure and charcoal drawing.