To introduce myself, I am local fashion stylist and designer Kris James. I am delighted to bring a new Style and Culture column to the Natchitoches Parish Journal. I thought, what better way to start this fashion focused column than to tell my own story.
At the age of 17, I started my own business, at the time named House of D’laquor. Growing up in Campti, I never met a designer or stylist. I never thought it was possiable to make a career in the fashion industry. I had no one to look up to. Nobody was doing what I wanted to do but the real question was how to make my dream a reality. So I created my own clothing line and took the risk, never realizing my dreams would open the doors for others with dreams just as big as mine. Our dreams were bigger then the small time life that we saw.
After 10 years of designing and directing my own shows and countless other ventures, I took a break to focus on being Creative Director for my online store KrisJames.com. During this time I often found myself getting lost or not connecting to my audience anymore. I was becoming a victim of my small town life. Something I feared my whole life. There would be times I would catch myself walking down Front Street in Natchitoches, pretending I was on Madison Avenue or Rodeo Drive. At that moment I realized I couldn’t be the only one who fantasized about a glamorous lifestyle here in Natchitoches. I couldn’t be the only one who wished that there were others who loved having sushi and cocktails with friends like the ladies of Sex and the City.
I was told that fashion would never make it here, but I do not belive that. Natchitoches is home to some of the most artistic and creative minds in Louisiana, but most these achievements get over shadowed by sports and politics. Natchitoches has produced models who have walked high profile fashion shows and models who have been featured in major ad campaigns. Some of the best photographers and artists in Louisiana went to school at Northwestern State University. Let’s not forget about the directors and actors. These are all forms of Art that should be celebrated.
We are more then country life and historical landmarks. We have flavor and style. I plan on doing “Where’s Kris” segments and Artist Spotlights and of course, Trend Forecasts, giving me the opportunity to share “who wore what” and “who really has style.” Let’s make socializing stylish again!
“Glamour is something more then what you put on your body. It has to do with the way you carry yourself and the impact you have on others.”
– Tom Ford