Sometimes you meet someone who is so amazing; they need to tell their story. This is the story of Chelsey White, owner of Pardon My Fash-uhn. If you don’t know her, read on and then find her and meet her. Her energy is contagious, and she will instantly make you glow with her smile and fashion sense.
Hey, Suga’s! My name is Chelsey M. White I am the owner of Pardon My Fash-uhn. I’m twenty-three years of funk, soul, glam, and love. I’m an artist, fashion designer, seamstress, hairstylist, and eyelash specialist.
I’m not perfect, but I am a child of GOD and the best part of me? I’m a mom to an awesome four-year-old named Tyler. He’s my motivation, my pick me up when I’m down, he brings so much happiness and love to my life, and I’m truly blessed to have him. I became a mom at 17. I was three months away from being 18. I had just graduated high school, and I got pregnant my first year of college while I was finishing up cosmetology school.
Being a recent high school graduate, no one thought I was making the right choice to become a mom at a young age. They told me I couldn’t do it, that a child gets in the way, and that I would get nowhere in life. HA! That was such an understatement because look at me now. Becoming a young mom DID NOT stop me, it pushed me. It brought what I needed in my life at that time, and it still continues.
I grew up on the south side of Houston with my mother, father, and older brother. My parents got divorced when I was 5. My mom was an awesome provider she always made sure I had what I needed. She’s the real definition of SHE-RO. I call her my Pearls Of Wisdom.
I come from a very artistic family. It runs through my blood and soul. At a very young age, I knew I was a very creative individual. I was always into arts & crafts. I remember taking trips with my Gran or Aunt to the craft store to get the latest jewelry box kit, the art boards with the felt where you could color in between them, or even the sand vase makers. As long as it was artsy, I wanted it. The women in my family have a true impact on who I am today.
Without my family, I don’t know where I would be. We may not always agree, but we are always supporting each other every step of the way. They show me what A TRUE BLACK WOMAN is, what she goes through, what she can do, what she will do, and what she does to get there.
My African-American race, my African roots, my Black is beautiful, my melanin is on fleek, my brown as fuck culture is what inspires me as a designer. I take ‘me’ from history to the present and even show the ‘me’ of the future. Without black history, there would be no me. That’s what inspires me as a designer and a woman in America.
Fashion as my pathway is my natural calling. It is what I eat, breathe, and sleep. I’ve always been into fashion. In cosmetology school, we would do these huge hair shows where schools from all around Houston would come and compete. My senior year I entered in the Fantasy Category. The category allowed you to have full creativity creating whatever you wanted. Your imagination could run wild, and you could explore to do what you wanted.
I had so much fun using my hair skills, but the part that made it so unique was taking hair and making it into clothes. I was so good at creating that I won the Best of Show award, and I won 1st place for my creations. I told myself If I can do this out of hair just imagine what I can do out of fabric?
I started to learn sewing from my mom’s best friend, Anita McLaurin. She taught me the basics, and it stuck with me. It was like a door opened up and I knew it was here to stay and grow and build a home out of it. So I started to teach myself from YouTube videos and taking sewing classes at Hobby Lobby three times a week until it was time to attend the HCC fashion design program (the best fashion design in Houston). I learned so much from the program. It’s one of the best choices I’ve made in life.
Fash-uhn, as I like to spell it, is what you make of it. It’s a way to express yourself. It’s a way of introducing yourself without even saying any words. It’s a lifestyle. It brings meaning and character to the human body. It makes you feel emotion. It causes reactions. It separates you from one and other. Fash-uhn is timeless it will continue to grow, change, and inspire as long as the world goes around. Fash-uhn is a lifestyle that is a global connection.
In the future, I see myself as an established designer. I want to have my collection in multiple stores. My goal is to get a bus and turn it into a funky store on wheels. I want to travel with my son and sell my collection, art, and accessories worldwide.
I would love to show my collections at NYFW, LA FASHION WEEK, and AFRICA FASHION WEEK. I would love to be on the cover of Essence, Ebony, and Vogue. I want to be able to spread the knowledge I’ve gained and help other young artists spread their wings in the fashion industry. If I were given the opportunity to show my talent on a high-level platform, I would take it, show up, and show out.
As an entrepreneur, I’ve gone through a few names for my brand. But, after starting my first year of college after finishing up cosmetology school, I became friends with a girl name Jasmine Keese. She was unique to me. She reminded me of me. We clicked and decided to start a small business venture together.
We called it Junky Fashion. We would use our money to buy supplies, revamp it, and sell to customers. It was for a short period, but it was one of those situations that continued to motivate me on my fashion journey. Then I decided to go a different route and started to sew clothing. I was in fashion design school at HCC at this time.
I was in the beginning stages, but it was exciting for me. I was finally doing what I was called to do in life. Fashion design school was all about figuring myself out. I took it very seriously and knew that I wanted to be ONE OF THE GREATEST FASHION DESIGNERS OF ALL TIMES. I live by that motto every day and truly believe in it.
I did major brainstorming to create the PMF Brand. I sat in deep thought until I came up the right fit for a name. My mom was good at helping me with stuff like that. I keep throwing out stuff, but nothing was sticking. I was on Tumblr one day I saw a shirt that said Pardon My French. There was nothing new about the phrase, but the “Pardon My” felt right it was one of those good signs I felt inside.
I was into Fashion, so I wrote Pardon My Fashion down, but I didn’t like the way it looked. I decided to change the spelling of fashion to the way it’s pronounced in the dictionary “Fash-uhn.” I put it all together.
Pardon My Fash-uhn means excuse my Fashion whether you agree with it or not because I know I look good. I turn heads; I set trends, and I am not afraid to be me. It’s a catchy name, and I have built it up very well, and most people in the fashion industry call me Pardon My Fash- uhn instead of Chelsey.
Now do you see why you need to meet Pardon My Fash-uhn, or Chelsey?