Let me start off by saying that this is like the 5th time I am writing an "About me" section because I have re-designed,
re-launched, re-created and re-everything'd my website about 5 times now! I will also mention how as you grow and go through the various life phases we encounter if you pay close attention to YOU, you get to know yourself better. Your likes, your dislikes, your beliefs and your WHY become more clearer than ever. And this is where your "About Me" section gets more genuine and real. So, with that said
I will also not be referring to myself in third or second person knowing fully well I created this whole website
(with the help of GoDaddy and Website Builder of course) and also because I, myself am writing this paragraph or more likely essay.
Now allow me after that brief prelude to Introduce myself if you're still reading, I am Sandra! Most preferably MARI. Yes, Mari.
Which is where my business name comes from. Mari Sabe. Mari cause that's me, Sabe cause in Spanish that means "know." Mari Knows everything! Yup, the cockiest name to a business but wouldn't have it any other way. In Mari we trust... and my skills and abilities to make clothing. Haha. Anyway, I am currently a full-time Front Office Supervisor at a PT Clinic, a part-time fashion designer of my own creative ideas and as a beloved hobby I am a Fashion Influencer and Blogger. After much debating in my own head and going back to the roots as to why I started my whole journey with fashion, I have concluded that this is the best way to describe myself. I'm owning it.
Let's take it back to 2003 though, when it all really started... My mother caught me cutting up clothes that I did not like and felt no
longer served a purpose in my closet. See, I wouldn't just "cut them up" as my mom thought I was, I would in my mind at the age of
12 or 13 "re-design" them and create something better out of them. My style at that time was honestly vividly wild and
probably be considered too bold for today. I would create bandanas out of my shirts, I would add some funky ruffles at the bottom
of my skirts, I would split the bottom part of my jeans in half... it was like Tommy Hilfiger had met with Lisa Frank and invited
Balmain to have dinner. Crazy to say the least but what led us to 2010.
In 2010 I graduated from High School, as most graduating teens I was confused as to what I wanted to do with my life and like a God sent epiphany I realized I wanted to go to fashion school! I mean this is what I loved! I loved putting outfits together, I loved tearing up clothing I no longer liked and turning them into something new. I loved scheduling my daily outfits while I was in school (yes, I did that.)
I loved fashion! And so yo girl went to college. While there I learned a lot! My passion grew more as I learned about the business
aspect of the industry and how to manage a fashion business.
Fast Forward to 2013 I graduated with a Bachelors in Science majoring in Fashion and Retail management. After graduation I did become...
confused? I started working in retail (as in the mall, you know the people that say Hi to you when you come in to the store... that was me)
and quickly found that retail was NOT for me. I wanted something different. Although I knew that I could eventually move up to management it is definitely not what I envisioned for myself in the long run. So I stopped working retail and kinda just floated around different job titles that had nothing to do with fashion until one day I realized I needed to at least do something (even if it was part time) with my degree. By the way... you don't need a degree to do what I do, wish someone could've told me that sooner but hey! I'm still standing! That's when I remembered how great I was at "cutting up clothes" and started "Re-designing." Of course by this time I had a better sense of style and I used the momentum of the growing social media platforms to show off my work.
In 2015 I started posting my Re-designs as I would call them to my Instagram and Facebook pages. As I started becoming more involved I also started sharing more outfits and style tips, which then led to my Blogging. Through blogging and influencing I developed countless connections with not only other influencers, content creators and bloggers but small local businesses, entrepreneurs, local news reporters and avid artistic creators. And so with that I created a website and started writing (which is also a big passion of mine too.) In 2017 I decided to open up my online boutique and start selling clothes from third party vendors on my website and also pop-ups around my city. Around 2018, my mind once again started overthinking and realizing that I wanted more. Seeing as how many people started opening up their own boutiques I asked myself, what makes me different? It clicked. I can design my OWN STUFF! That's exactly what I did next. I decided to make my very own first collection and pull off a fashion show. By the grace of God it happened. May of 2019 I debuted my first Mari Sabe collection, which was an interesting one. Since I didn't have a manufacturing company or anything like that I decided to incorporate my "re-designing" techniques and take T-Shirts and make them into dresses, tops and skirts. I also played with other fabrics in that first collection but the emphasis was that I had created a whole collection from T-Shirt fabric! The most amazing part is that the show was almost fully sponsored by a lot of the connections I had developed.
And so here we are today, took a small break but it is 2020... A year that will live on for ages and the perfect time to make my small comeback (I sure hope it's not 2050 and I didn't forget to update this.) So in short, who am I? I am a Latina fashion designer, all of my designs are locally hand made by me. This year it is the first time I will be featuring men's clothing. My designs are not high-end fashion, they're not meant to be and they are also not sold by the bunch. My designs however, are unique, they tell a story and incorporate versatility and sustainability. As I have grown to love fashion I have also grown to learn how this multi-million dollar industry that we love has damaged our environment. While I won't tell you to not buy from certain places because I myself do so at times
I will tell you to do your own personal research into the matter and places you shop at and start there. Inform yourself and based on your current lifestyle and priorities make your own decisions. I will start here. To make a difference for myself and my community. This is why this time around this website is so special to me. It will not only include new and upcoming designs but also Re-Furbished fashion. Meaning that I will be creating and providing to you one of a kind re-furbished designs that you can either purchase straight from my website or pop-ups OR even have the option to use your own preferred fabric. I will also be opening the option for you to either donate gently used clothing that can still serve a better purpose or let me help you create something new out of a clothing item instead of opting to trash it. Together we can change the environment, which in turn changes the world.
I know I mentioned I work a full time job, while not fashion related I love the company I work for. I am blessed to be here. Is it my end goal? Not at all. I have always wanted something more out of life, to be an owner and not have to clock in anymore and to have something I can call mine. While God is shaping me and guiding me towards my purpose I hope I can inspire you to do the same too.
Don't stop, don't quit. It's okay to take breaks but DO NOT give up on a vision you see for yourself. Always remember though that the more you serve others the more fulfilled you will feel in life.
My designs are inspired by a wide range of experiences. While these designs are engaged in contemporary conversations, they are rooted in sustainable ideals. They pull from the aesthetics of the communities I engage with, as well as from fashion's historic roots.
Buying from independent designers helps you create a closer relationship with the things you wear every day. I am transparent with my designs and manufacture process. I am inspired by the relationships I have built over time, getting to see how my designs fit into your life.