It was the day when my loving grandma Taisa passed away. She was 91 years old.

 

In her memory, I created a small collection and called it TAISA Collection.

I usually don’t post things like that publicly, but I wanted to take a moment and share her legacy and what she meant to me personally.

Giving birth to only three children, grandma left behind 29 grandchildren, 84 grand grand children and 4 grand grand grand children—total of 119 people.

 

I will forever be grateful to her for that.

 

She gifted me the most kindest, beautiful, smart, and loving cousins, brothers and sisters who live all over the world and do incredible things with their lives. These are the people who became my family, my co-workers, my friends for life.

 

Grandma taught me so many things. She taught me to have my own point of view, to always read, to be kind to people, to live with high moral standard, to have faith, and live in truth; to always be true (and honest) with myself first and foremost.

I will always think of her when I wash my face with icy cold water, because grandma would always say “if you want your face to look young, you must apply icy cold water first thing in the morning. Not warm, not hot—cold!”.

I also know that my love for clothes and fashion stamps directly from her intrinsic attention to detail. I think she would have been a designer in her life time, if opportunities unfolded differently for her.

She loved clothing. She had her own unique taste and style. Grandma would always point out when a women (or a men) is dressed nicely. She had an eye for things.

Since she was young, she was sowing her own clothing, and when she had kids—my mom, my aunt and my uncle, they looked like dolls. Neighbors in their village would often ask grandma to craft the same pieces for their children.

 

I will forever cherish my love for clothing and I will do my part to continue that legacy, to share my story—creativity as a form of expression through @eleventhboutique

 

“Forever in My Mind” — Song by Idealism, SwuM 🖤

12.22.2021

TAISA COLLECTION