NEW WAY OF FASHION, NEW TYPE OF OWNER
When you hear the title “business executive” do you think of me? Do you think of a black, female entrepreneur, who, through fashion, is breaking down barriers and busting through ceilings to bring about a much needed change in the industry?
I ask that you do.
I’m Stacey Martin, founder and CEO of Stacey Martin Lifestyle, a Canadian Luxe Loungewear company that pushes the boundaries of fashion by combining comfort, sustainability and style in a way that inspires you to make your own rules, tell your own story and fall in love with your current moment.
"I started my career as a professional dancer and performing artist. I know all too well the importance of having clothing that moves with your body and I deeply understand this connection between clothing and confidence. I believe that what you wear impacts how you feel."
- Stacey Martin
FIRST A SPARK, THEN A FLAME
I can remember sewing with my mom every Saturday morning as we watched Fashion File and Women On Top. I was mesmerized by all of the beauty created in the name of fashion and by the strength and determination of the women taking the lead.
This was the spark that would soon become an untamable flame.
Dance, early on, captured my attention and I wasted no time giving it my heart.
I entered dance at the age of 4 and was competing by the time I was 11. At 19 years old, after a summer of dancing at Canada's Wonderland and a 6 month stint as a dancer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, I moved to New York City for the highest honour in dance: to be a performer On Broadway. The butterflies, the excitement and the years of training readied me to reprise my performance role in Saturday Night Fever. This marked the beginning of my 15 year career as a professional performing artist.
The movement, freedom and creativity breathed a life into my bones so rich, so powerful, that dance continues to be an extension of who I am.
"Dance is my expression, my passion, my release, my education. It taught me dedication, persistence, perseverance and how to have thick skin. It also opened my eyes to the gap in the market between fitness and fashion clothing. It was during my time as a dancer that I founded my fashion start-up: KANIA Couture Inc."
Fast forward to 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic Stacey Martin pivots her company.
"With only 14% of major fashion brands being run by a female executive and less than 0.5% of black females receiving venture capital funding, I am at a disadvantage but ready for change, ready to be an example of what's possible!"
"In dance and fashion, I very rarely see leaders who look like me. I want to pave the way for those who wish to follow.