All she wanted was a new dress for her birthday.  A dress that represented the new, bold confidence she found through her walk with Christ. Instead of a mundane trip to the mall, Karissa Lindsay chose to exercise her own talents to design this symbolic dress. The fabric of choice: Ankara.  Ankara fabrics (African prints) are so unique because of mesmerizing patterns and bold colors. Little did she know that this one dress would eventually evolve into a company called A Leap of Style where she leads as designer and CEO.

Boundless Infinity Jumpsuit in Swirl on ‘Em available at Photo courtesy of A Leap of Style.

A Leap of Style was created to help women feel their most beautiful and confident. “I’ve grown a fan base of beautiful, stylish women who love an original look that allows them to standout, but still makes sense. I strive to design classic silhouettes that work timelessly in a woman’s wardrobe, but pieces that also reflect her unique sense of style,” said Karissa.  The tagline for A Leap of Style is ‘Bold prints. Classic designs.’   By using Ankara fabrics in her creations, Karissa does just that.

Victoria Top in Yellow Dashiki available at Photo courtesy of A Leap of Style.

“I love using African prints in unexpected ways. I’ve got a new top called the Victoria Dashiki top and it’s my favorite right now. It’s the perfect blend of funky and fashionable, yet styled the right way it’s still a piece you can wear to work. Plus, it’s a really fun vintage-inspired take on the classic dashiki,” Karissa stated.  Her unique vision and creativity is why her fan base and clientele continues to grow. To accommodate the growth, Karissa plans to further build her team and expand her presence in boutiques around the world.

As a kid, Karissa dreamed of being a fashion designer. She is an excellent example for young designers and a testament that dreams do come true. Her advice to young designers and entrepreneurs is to just get started! Full of wisdom, Karissa says, “Don’t sit on your ideas because you’re afraid or because you think you’re not ready. You don’t have to have all the answers to begin to experience success.”

Well said, Karissa. Very well said.


Article Written by: Robyn Alright
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