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Washington Roberts

From a very young age, designer Washington Roberts has always been influenced by fashion, which is now his career and passion. Born in Lagos, Nigeria on January 12, Washington was raised by his grandmother Beatrice, a devoted seamstress whose influence has impacted his life and career and continues to serve as his inspiration.

Beatrice’s attention to detail, steady hand and highly coveted seamstress skills were studied keenly by a young Washington, who adored his grandmother but had no desire to follow in her footsteps. Instead, he enrolled at Igbobi College Yaba as a science major where he graduated in 2000. Upon graduation, Washington left Nigeria for the US to further his studies in chemical engineering at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York with plans to transfer to Albany University.

After a year, Washington dropped out of Borough of Manhattan Community College to reflect on his financial security and future. When he later returned to Borough of Manhattan Community College he realized that he no longer had the desire to become an engineer. During his hiatus, he became a lot more involved in designing his own clothes and collaborating with Italian tailors. A blazer for his 23rd birthday was the first article of clothing Washington designed. At his party, everyone commented on their love for the blazer and wanted to know where they could buy one, a hit to say the least. At that moment, Washington realized his true passion and talent was in fashion. Washington then enrolled at Katherine Gibbs School for Fashion but decided he preferred a more hands on approach coupled with real world experience.

Washington decided to intern in different areas within the fashion industry to gain broad experience and perspective of the industry. He worked as an assistant stylist to Stylist Kithe Brewster, an internship that later on turned into a freelance job. But this was not enough, Washington wanted to learn how to interact with buyer to better understand the business side of the industry, as a result, he applied for an internship position in sales at Showroom Seven. After his internship, he moved on to Paris68, which is presently home to William Rast and J.Lindeberg. Washington also served as a denim designer at American Rag, which is sold in all Macy’s nationwide and now works as freelance designer at Tory Burch.

Washington takes pride in all of his creations and picks only the finest materials. He designs pieces that compliment and accentuate a woman’s body. He believes all women should try to look their best everyday and for Washington, that does not always mean following trends. “Fashion is about creating your own style, knowing what works for your body. Finding a few trends that you like that can be incorporated into your own style. When Women look their best so that they also feel their best.”

Washington also believes in the famous Coco Chanel quote “Fashion fades, only style remains the same” and it shows. The Washington Roberts Collection is elegant, sophisticated, and modern, striving to make a woman feel beautiful and confident. A WR woman lives her life with impeccable taste and style.





Country: Nigeria