Hello Columbus Socialites!
Are you ready for CMH Fashion Week? If not, it's time to get ready too. This annual event is only three weeks away and today I am happy to introduce you to Akili Jahi Cooper. If you haven't seen the line-up yet, you're in for a special treat. Jahi along with other local designers just got back from New York Fashion Week and they're excited to show you their new collections right here in Columbus, OH.
Akili Jahi (meaning wisdom and dignity in Swahili) is a 21-year old Fashion Designer who was born and raised in Columbus, OH. His brand, Jahi Designs highlights confidence, sex appeal, style, and glamour. As to date, he attends Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and plans to transfer into the Fashion Merchandising program at Kent State University next year in 2015.
“The perfect model will have the whole spirit of Beyonce’ in her. Her look will say I’m here without her saying anything. Your first impression of her will be, ‘Oh my God, just look at her’” - Akili Jahi Cooper
Jahi and I met at Easton Fashion Night Out, Thursday, September 18th at Easton Town Center which was hosted by Capital Style Magazine and CMH Fashion Week.
WARNING: If you ever plan to interview a local fashion designer, be prepared to be interrupted a few times at local fashion events. In every direction their were models, designers, and Columbus socialites stopping Jahi just to say hi and ask him about his upcoming collection. He's famous in the world of Columbus Fashion and I felt honored to get to know him and his aspirations as a designer.
His featured collection for CMH Fashion Week will debut seven different looks even though his entire collection includes eight. As the night continued, I truly developed a love and admiration for Jahi. He even gave me the exclusive to see three of his seven designs he'll be showcasing. Let me just say, his work is stunning and absolutely gorgeous. Can I get married in a Jahi Design?
Jahi describes his collection as white and opulent with soft textures. “I’ve grown so much in these past few years. I’m more business-minded. In recent times, I use to wing it. Now I’m more into design and the aesthetics of fashion," stated Jahi.
Me: Every artist has their muse, right? So who is yours?
Jahi: Well, I grew up with Destiny’s Child so I would definitely say Beyonce’ is my muse. She’s so into her womanhood, she has that inner woman power, and she doesn’t have to ask for attention. When she walks in the room it’s given. “
Me: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Jahi: I’m not sure if I have anyone who directly inspires me, but I do love Versace and I use to be a huge fan of Christian Dior when John Galliano was the Head Designer.
Me: How would you describe yourself backstage during an opening show?
Jahi: I’m focused on my models’ and making sure everything is perfect for the show. I apologize in advance if you catch me at a bad time (laughing). I’m not a mean person, but anything and everything will and can go wrong backstage.
Right now, Jahi is in the beginning stages of starting his own brand and learning who he is as a Fashion Designer. CMH Fashion Week will be his 39th Fashion Show since he started his journey at 16 years old. His ultimate goal would be to open up his own store along with giving back to other artists.
If you'd like to know more and keep up with Jahi Designs, please feel free to follow him on Instagram at Jahi_Designs or Twitter at Official_Jahi. Also, if you'd like to purchase tickets for CMH Fashion Week, you can do so here at https://cmhfw.combotickets.com/5th-annual-finale-runway-show
Thanks Jahi for a wonderful evening and all the best at CMH Fashion Week! I'll be watching!
Columbus Is Fashion,
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!