Donald Mirander living his dream
The typical college student is usually unsure of his/her plans post university, but Donald Mirander is not the typical university student. At 22 years old, Mirander is living his dream everytime one of his clients wears an original Rednarim design.
Rednarim is the fashion brand under which Mirander designs a range of items for his expanding clientele.
Before the launch of Rednarim in 2014, the fashion designer had long been creating ready-to-wear pieces for his then small clientele which has grown significantly in a less than two years.
"I have been designing for persons for years because I became involved in fashion at a really young age, but I began sewing in 2013, and that's when things kicked into high gear," explained the University of Technology student.
Although a newcomer to the fashion industry, Mirander has been making a name for himself having dressed Miss Jamaica World 2015, Sanneta Myrie and runner-up, Royanne DeSilva, along with Rhodes Scholar 2016 Sherona Forrester.
The St Catherine native has cited social media as one of the most important tools in building his clientele.
"Social media is where I get most of my marketing done for my product and persons have reached out to me worldwide because of platforms such as Instagram. Probably 90 per cent of my clients have reached out to me because of my posts," added Mirander.
The apparel design, production and management major also spoke highly of the support from his family.
"My family was very supportive because they pushed me to go for my passion, thus facilitating my growth as a designer. It is good to have people around that enable your dreams," he said.
The fashion designer, who says Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez are the two persons he dreams of wearing his designs, wants to add wardrobe stylist and model to his repertoire in the near future.
Mirander advises young fashion designers not to be fearful in going after their dreams.
"Don't be scared to put your work out there. Believe in yourself and push fear aside in order to get your dreams," he encouraged.