CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A Tri-State woman with a love for fashion decided to take a leap of faith and follow her dream, and now, she is doing more than she ever imagined.
Alishia Lee started sewing and crocheting with her mom when she was a little girl. Recently, she decided to launch her own label, Me By Lee Boutique. One-of-a-kind pieces that take you on a journey are what you will find from Lee’s label.
She says each garment she makes tells a story. “Right now, I’m just inspired by whether it’s art of like a painting I might see or nature,” Lee said. “I really love the texture of fabric, so I use a lot of Ankara, which is an African print, because I like to incorporate my heritage. My oldest daughter is half Vietnamese, so I’ll make kimonos with African print to marry the two together.”
Sewing and creating art have always been a part of Alisha’s life since she was a little girl watching her mother hand sew and work a sewing machine. She picked up the skill first only making outfits for herself while she worked a 9-5 for talent acquisition service. That all changed while she was out shopping.
“I was actually in a TJ Maxx with a shirt I had made and a woman asked me to buy that shirt right off my back,” recalled Lee. “I was like this is weird but sure and I went to the changing room had a t-shirt underneath, gave her the shirt, and sold it to her. This was a sign I need to be making clothes like for real.” That’s when Me By Lee Boutique was born.
After five years of runway shows and festival appearances, she was just nominated for the best designer in Ohio by the Buckeye Awards. She’s also now being recognized around the world.