For the majority of women pants shopping is among one of the biggest struggles we have to endure. Trying to find the right pants is comparable to getting a bikini wax, visiting the DMV or getting your oil changed as far as motivation goes.
For us women 5’8″ and taller, shopping for pants can be twice the work. And if you have any type of curve, you’ve probably attempted to pass leggings off as pants at least once. Personally, I love a good high-waist pant and a crop top. However, being 5’11” makes it especially difficult to pull off this look because high-waist pants usually slink below my belly button. Pair long legs with a butt (thanks mom) and I’ve resorted to wearing dresses whenever possible.
A few months ago, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across the Chèlbè Fashions Illusion Palazzo Pant and instantly fell in love. After visiting the website I was faced with a familiar dilemma: “Do I order the pants online and pray for the best?” Luckily, I didn’t have to because the long-leg goddesses answered my prayers by sending Chèlbè Fashions to a pop-up in Venice, CA. After trying on the Palozo pant (over a pair of shorts, by the way) I was shocked to find that the pants fit PERFECTLY, something that has never happened to me.
After meeting the founder of the brand, Diana Delva, I decided to get to know her and the clothing line a little better. As a tall-girl who was familiar with the struggle, Diana decided to create a solution through her clothing line. Long story short, over the past few years she’s been able to successfully develop her own brand and was even named one of the top emerging designers at New York Fashion Week 2017. So yea, she’s pretty legit.
“Chèlbè is a creole word meaning tastefully elegant, graceful, or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.”
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your professional background?
I was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Growing up a tomboy I put my attention into athletics and never looked back, earning a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Hartford. I graduated with a degree in Marketing, completing my internship at DSQUARED2. There I had my first encounter with fashion, gaining a first-hand glimpse into the fashion world and a new fashion sense that allowed me to stand tall. Since college I continued to play basketball overseas, starting Chèlbè close to 3 years ago.
What is Chèlbè Fashions? Where did the name come from?
Chèlbè is a creole word meaning tastefully elegant, graceful, or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc. It was a word my mother used to say to us when we were well-dressed. It always gave me a sense of poise and confidence that I translate into every piece.
What motivated you to create Chèlbè Fashions?
As I became more comfortable in myself I found it hard to find women’s tall clothing that matched my growing style. Not having a closet that matched my new-found sense of confidence lead me to create Chèlbè.
Describe your personal style.
My style is always changing. I would say my go to is definitely Chèlbè, but I love to switch it up depending on the trends. I try to make clothing versatile that can be styled in many ways.
How do you keep up with fashion trends?
I look at all the major fashion shows during fashion week. I like to be fashion forward and make things that can be worn throughout the seasons. I like to forecast trends of tall fashion that women would have trouble finding.
“My dream is for Chèlbè to be the ZARA of tall women. I want to provide on trend clothing that accentuates and accommodates tall women at reasonable prices.”
What do you hope to achieve with Chèlbè Fashions?
My dream is for Chèlbè to be the ZARA of tall women. I want to provide on trend clothing that accentuates and accommodates tall women at reasonable prices. I hope for it to be the one stop shop for tall women’s clothing online.
“Entrepreneurship teaches you a self-sufficiency and responsibility that can be passed on throughout our community.”
We love black owned businesses. Why do you think individuals in our community should explore entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship is a great way to turn your passion into a job. Putting your work in your own hands minimizes social limits put on those passions, especially in the work field. Entrepreneurship teaches you a self-sufficiency and responsibility that can be passed on throughout our community.
What advice would you give someone just starting their own business?
Stay true to your vision. A lot of times I would look for outside approval on things I would be working on. Constructive criticism is a great tool to aid you along your journey, but sometimes only you can fully see or understand your ideas, and that ok.
What’s your next move? Expansion?
After a successful summer I want to continue to get Chèlbè out there — appearing at festivals and events; making the brand more visible while interacting with potential customers.
Where can people go to keep up with the brand and purchase items?
You can purchase all the items at Chelbefashions.com and on social media @Chelbefashions.
What’s your motto?
Fashionably Tall. Being tall can be many things, we make sure your Chèlbè while doing it.