Who is NEVA MARIE?
NEVA MARIE is an artist. Born into a family of creators in St. Louis, Missouri, Neva’s own creativity blossomed at the young age of 13 when she learned how to sew. Her aunt was a master seamstress and despite learning the skill at a young age, Neva did not realize that it was her true calling until 2001.
As a child, Neva spent the earlier part of her life in St. Louis and eventually moved to Gary, Indiana, a place she considers home. After graduating high school, Neva relocated yet again to Los Angeles, California, where circumstance would soon inspire her to begin creating again.
At the age of 24, Neva found herself slightly frustrated with the difficulties of finding clothing that fit her correctly and that also matched her style. Neva Marie ALWAYS stood out in a crowd. Labeled a “diva” from a young age, she has always used fashion, especially clothing and accessories as a way to express herself and is drawn to unusual prints, patterns and designs that most would never consider wearing. Neva’s outgoing, boisterous personality matches her style, which defies the notion that plus size women should shy away from bold transparent textiles, eye-catching designs and other “unflattering” styles of clothing.
Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye - Dorothy Parker
A problem-solver, Neva realized that with her own ability to sew and true sense of fashion, she could in fact create her own designs. Eventually, Neva’s wardrobe consisted mostly of pieces that were handcrafted by herself, Neva proudly walked the streets of LA, which to her, served as a personal runway. Before long, she noticed the increasing compliments she received on the items she wore and was flattered by the shocked reactions of inquirers who realized she created the designs herself. It did not take long for Neva to begin creating clothes for others and just like that, Neva Marie Designs was born!
Since its creation, Neva Marie Designs has helped thousands of plus size women look and feel their best with collections of classic, bold pieces that are comfortable and stylish. With over 24 years in the business, Neva Marie Designs has been featured in various fashion blogs and editorials such as Obvious Magazine and Essence Magazine. Influencers such as Nikki Free have proudly worn Neva Marie Designs as well as countless other fabulous plus size women across the country. Neva currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she continues to create eye catching designs for her business and hopes to eventually sell her designs in boutiques and online stores everywhere.
Neva continues to shape the world of Plus Size Fashion one FABULOUS design at a time!