Brooklyn-born and bred Nia Hooper-Mason is no newbie to the fashion scene. The Howard University graduate has over two decades of experience in the fashion industry. She’s worked in corporate fashion for Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Bally, Furla and the Banana Republic, to name a few. Nia also had her own company as an image stylist and has worked on films such as Just Wright, Next Day Air, Notorious, and more.
It wasn’t until she gave birth to her triplets Cole, Amaya, and Noah in 2014, whom she affectionately refers to as her LOVE JOYs, that she found her true purpose. Nia realized that she couldn’t find culturally affirming clothing for her triplets and wanted to create a brand that not only made high-quality essentials for children but also affirmed them.
LOVE JOY ORIGINALS was conceived in Brooklyn in Summer 2020. Nia worked with artists, printers, creators, and thinkers in her community to create a sustainable childrenswear brand that creates premium essentials that inspire. All of the pieces are made locally in Brooklyn.
We had a chance to sit down with Nia to discuss her inspiration, why she created LOVE JOY ORIGINALS, and how mothers can affirm their Black and Brown children.
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SOURCE: Travel Noire, Kelsey Marie