Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Ann Cancel Gonzalez.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started doing fashion when I was introduced to KPOP music. I fell in love with the fashion that I wanted to be a part of it. I went to college and got my Bachelor’s in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Later I got a job working in the entertainment industry as a costume wardrobe craftsperson at a theme park. This is where I was introduced to making costumes and working behind the scenes of shows and parades. From there, I worked as a Wardrobe Supervisor for a cruise line and now I am a stitcher (seamstress) for the same cruise line. I open a fashion brand about two years ago called 2:twenty2 (2:22) but due to working on a cruise ship, I had to put it on hold. I have done various fashion shows in Orlando and I even did New York Fashion Week in 2019. Now that I am not on the cruises and work-based In Florida, I am planning a comeback of my brand soon in which I will showcase new collections inspired by the places I have been.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a very smooth road. I have done many fashion shows to promote my brand and nothing seems to have worked. I even do handmade jewelry and that seems to be hard to sell here in Florida. Still, today I struggle in getting brand back up and with covid happening, it will be a long road before I am able to be successful.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a fashion designer, artist, illustrator and jewelry designer. I love to create things and show it to the world when I can. I am the proudest of my fashion collections that I have been able to showcase in New York in 2019. My brand in a very bright and bold style that brings a mixture of prints in a fun and different way. I focused on women’s wear but I plan to venture into men’s eventually soon after.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
The only risk I took was when I was invited to do a fashion show in New York. I have never been to New York and never done NYFW. While it was fun, it was also nerve-wrecking as you never knew if that risk would pay off. I think you have to risk in order to see if you succeed or not. You never know if that risk you take is the one that will help you get in a good position for your business.