Today we’d like to introduce you to Clorissa Wright.
Hi Clorissa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’m from a small town in North Carolina named Hillsborough. I’ve always been creative in art even as a child. I’ve always been into style and my appearance. In 8th grade, I started painting on jeans. Everyone loved them and wanted their own so I started making them for others.
This carried on into high-school freshman yr. I didn’t know a fashion designer was even a career choice. No one around me thought that big nor was I even into that kind of thing. I knew seamstresses but they were all older women who only fixed minor discrepancies for others or they sewed from pre-bought patterns with no designers. I wanted to be on the radio as a personality! I wanted to study journalism and communication.
Fashion was just a hobby something that I was naturally good at. After having no luck getting funding for any of the traditional colleges I had been accepted to I met a friend one day who told me that I should go to school for fashion. I found a school that applied was approved for the student loans and thus began my fashion journey.
My fashion career started in college in 2009. I was a fashion art student in Orlando FL. My first sort of career was as a fashion stylist. I loved high fashion and magazine editorials and wanted to mimic that vibe in my work. I started putting together looks and photoshoots on my own to build my portfolio.
I started collaborations with photographers, designers, and models to help with these projects for free! Everyone at that time was just looking for creative work to build their libraries too! I quickly built a network of other trusted creatives and still to this day have those connections.
Another student at my school started working for fashion week and that totally took my interest. I did some research and found a company in NY called “The Ground Crew” founded by the legendary Audry Smaltz. I began working with them in 2013. This was like a whole new world to me. I just remember coming to Audrey’s Manhattan apartment and feeling like I’d stepped into this ambiance of Vogue, Vanity fair, and the Harlem Renaissance.
This was my first time in New York as well so I was completely in love. This would be the epitome of my fashion career experience. As a backstage dresser for “The Ground Crew” I have had the opportunity to work with major designers and their teams such as Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Rhianna, Phillip Lim, Micheal Kors, and soooo many others.
I moved back to NC in 2016 and began focusing on creating my own clothing brand. CHICMOBB. Now in 2022, I’m focused on helping fashion and beauty brands manage and grow their social media and marketing. I have 2 kids a boy and a girl residing in Raleigh, NC.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have been many roadblocks throughout the years.
I’ve struggled with my identity and what it is that I really want to do. I feel as though I have many skills and focusing on one career within my lifetime is just not for me. I need work that I am passionate about and that allows me to help others.
Took me a while to finally find something that is fulfilling.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m known for being stylish and being the go-to girl for what to wear.
I specialize in marketing for fashion and beauty brands. I am proud of my resilience within this industry and being so adamant about finding my space my “lane”. My experience and forward-thinking have set me apart from others in my industry.
I’ve often had ideas that have far exceeded the present and have been adapted by major designers.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Everything is going virtual. Virtual fashion is the next big thing for the Metaverse and other ecosystems such as Roblox. Digital digital digital is a new age.
- Email: Rissasochic@gmail.com
- Instagram: @rissasochic