Montgomery Village resident Reginald LaVincient Wilson always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but only recently made a career jump to pursue his passion. After almost 20 years in Education teaching children in Mississippi and Washington, D.C., Wilson gave up teaching to become a stay-at-home dad. He and his family moved to Montgomery Village in 2015.
At that time, he started sewing when he was passed down an old Singer sewing machine. Wilson quickly mastered sewing from patterns and in no time was sewing clothes for his whole family. Before long he traded in his old, used machine for a professional sewing machine. After watching a few videos on draping, he purchased his first dress form and began sketching and creating his own designs. Wilson creates videos of his progress and encourages others to drape and create along with him online.
With an interest in learning more about the fashion industry, he set out to volunteer behind the scenes at Baltimore Fashion Week. Wilson showed off some of his designs during an interview with Umbrella Foundation founder and creator/producer of Baltimore Fashion Week Sharan Nixon and was invited to show his collection at this year’s Baltimore Fashion Week.
On August 11, Wilson debuted 13 unique and original garments in his signature style he calls “Southern fare, with modern flair.” While at fashion week, he met with various industry professionals, including Technology and Fashion Senior Editor of “Elle” Magazine Jenna Blaha. Nixon invited him to show his collection during New York Fashion Week 2020, and he will also show at Deck the Runway Fashion Show in Orlando, Fla. in December. He will also work with both Nixon and Blaha to create a sustainable brand and collection.
The buzz around Wilson and his unique take on updated southern style is poised to take the fashion industry by storm. Wilson’s clothing line, LaVincient, is known by its signature purple and silver logo.