We had the good fortune of connecting with Sa’Dreaka Cavone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sa’Dreaka, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is that I don’t quit. Quitting is not an option. You will never fail if you don’t give up. Eventually, I was going to get to where I need to be if I kept going. God doesn’t put a dream in your heart and not provide you the tools to fulfill the dream.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a custom fashion designer that creates customer one of kind pieces for my clients. I believe what sets me apart is that I didn’t create a collection, so you won’t see anyone else rocking the same garment. My designs are made to order. I meet with my clients for a consultation and we discuss their ideas and I bring it to life. I like to meet my clients to get a feel of their personality and then create a masterpiece just for them. I started my career professionally by attending the fashion design program at Houston Community College. Fashion has been my interest since I was about 9 or 10. My aunt taught be the basics like sewing on a button and zippper. She also created some of her own clothing, curtains, bed shams, etc. My mom was also into rock n roll back in the 80’s and she would put together these fly outfits with outrageous colors! After dabbling in a few unfulfilled careers, I returned back to my passion of creating. I started created pieces for myself and friends and people started reaching out to me requesting custom pieces. Getting into the fashion industry is definitely not easy, there were more no’s than yes. My focus is to shed light on the undiscovered talent Houston has to offer. Since Houston doesn’t have a big fashion market, I had to seek fashion opportunities elsewhere by traveling and participating in fashion shows all over the world. I’m most proud of being offered an opportunity to show my designs in New York and Paris fashion weeks. This was like a dream come true! If you would have told me that my designs would be featured in the most popular fashion shows ever, I wouldn’t have believed you. The lessons I learned along the way is to never give up, seriously. I know it sounds cliche but it’s really not. If you keep going until you fulfill your destiny then you won’t fail. Of course there will be several bumps and bruises in the road but it makes you stronger. I got to this point in my career by trail and error. I want people know that my brand is for everyone! There is nothing that I can’t create. I try to bring out the creativity in my clients and make them stretch their imagination. My clients never have to worry about seeing anyone else rocking their garment. I never create the same thing twice. So when I say my garments are custom made, they truly are.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston has so many hidden gems! I would take my friend to hang out with the locals, not the tourist spots. I would take them to one of several black owned restaurants. We would also catch brunch at Lucille’s downtown or Grace’s and listen to some live music. Go take some cool pictures by the Water Wall and the Houston Is Inspired mural. Then do a little shopping at some local boutiques.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my mother Alma, who bought me my first sewing machine and who always shares my designs on social media. My aunt, Sharon who taught me the basics of sewing. Shout out to all of my instructors at Houston Community College in the fashion department. And to all of the models that have rocked my designs on the runway. I couldn’t have done it without any of these people!