ST. GEORGE –A local designer whose models have been featured at fashion shows, magazines, music conferences and even New York Times Square, talks about how to overcome adversity and find success amidst the chaos.
Marie Nohr, whose experience in fashion design spans more than 15 years, told St. George News that she has faced several challenges since she decided to set up her own business.
“I’ve been in survival mode for many years, but I’m thankful that my family, friends and long-time supporters of my fashion artwork have never given up on me,” Nohr said. “I am grateful that I have never given up on myself.”
Nohr said she moved to Washington County eight years ago as an independent parent to be closer to her family during the divorce. Shortly after her move, her son was diagnosed with autism.
At the time, she had to navigate between multiple part-time jobs that would allow her to take her child, who was not eligible for daycare, to her multiple therapeutic appointments along with school obligations. She said that amid her mess, she started suffering from health problems and even experienced blackouts behind the wheel.
Nohr told St. George News that as a teenager, his original dream was to acquire a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, have a salaried job as a designer, get married, have children and continue his life as a stylist. She said that when she had to start over with just herself and her son, that future seemed unattainable.
“No, it didn’t happen overnight and there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that I’ve put in and will continue to put into my dream life,” Nor said. “I am grateful that I can show my son that strength is not perfect. “
Nohr said she initially started her fashion design business as a side job to her full-time designer jobs in California. You have worked for several fashion companies, dealing with everything from design to technical design. She has appeared in several fashion magazines in New York and Los Angeles and worked for big brands such as Rue 21.
Nohr said that when the pandemic hit, most of the part-time jobs he was working on at the time quickly ceased to exist. It was then that she decided to start making her own fashion masks on Etsy and was shocked at how quickly the business took off.
“I started my own business because I wanted to be able to create my own templates, modules from start to finish,” Nohr said. “I do my work with models, my drawings, my ‘clothes’. What I love most about my business is that I can become an artist. I design clothes and bring art into fashion “.
When she first brought Marie Nohr designs to Washinton County, she specialized in custom maternity designs, including nursing mothers dresses and shirts under the “MaLux” fashion label. She has since expanded her available models to include everything from shirts, dresses, skirts and more under the new transitional label “Marie Nohr Designs”.
Nohr pointed out how much waste of material he has seen over the course of his career as a designer. You said that when designs are cut from fabric and materials, especially in mass production, all leftover scrap pieces are thrown away. He didn’t want his business to add to the growing problem of design waste. That is why she has chosen to use advanced fabrics to design elastic, headbands, gains and more.
Nohr also said that the fabrics and designs for its product line are unique and availability is limited. She said she has what she calls a “dealer” in Los Angeles, who sends her photos of her of any fabric she receives and that once she cuts them for the designs, she is unable to get them to. more. She added it while she does it identified as a seamstress, she is also a designer, which means she doesn’t make alterations on other people’s products. She provides custom modifications to her designs.
To see the Marie Nohr models available for purchase, please visit Etsy shop or come and visit her at Tuacahn Saturday Market.
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