STYLE: Olivia Anthony on HOA clothing collection
OLIVIA ANTHONY: I'm the CEO of House of Olivia Anthony (HOA). I started HOA in 2012 as a junior in collegE as a street wear branD. HOA grew faster than I expected!
During this time I was focused on being a stylist, which was the reason I moved to the big apple. Relocating from Alabama to NYC was really challenging. Like most people I couched surfed for the beginning stages of me living here. I was working at Bloomingdale's and hated every bit of it, I was so discouraged. Between trying to find somewhere to stay and not hate my source of income, I continued to push forward and focus on my passion, that was the Olivia Anthony brand. Often, I assisted different stylists and even had gigs of my own! As time passed I realized that I still wasn't satisfied, I wanted to go higher, I wanted to expand the HOA brand.
I quickly decided to design a line that high fashion editorial stylist would die for, thus my couture collection was born.
The best rewarding moment for me was seeing mycollection in an overseas publication, COY, it was my first cover from my very first collection, such an honor. That was only the beginning!
I like to think that being myself sets me apart from everyone else. Its a little cliche to say but I enjoy being the fun, free and best version of myself as I can be. There will never be another Olivia Anthony.
Ziggy Mack Johnson