Just last month, Kanye West announced a new grant for young creatives, allowing mentorship and financial assistance to budding designers. The first recipient is Maisie Schloss, a fellow Chicagoan, Parsons design graduate, and a member of the YEEZY team who worked on the label’s womenswear offering.
“YEEZY is a really special environment for growing and developing a career. When I started I was just an assistant, but the highly creative and unconventional atmosphere allowed for me to have visibility and input in a wide variety of projects,” says Schloss to Vogue. “Kanye very generously offered to support me; he truly cares about sharing resources, creating opportunities for creatives to grow and be recognized.”
The fruits of Schloss’ labor manifests in Maisie Wilen, a womenswear label that plays with materials, colors, and a distinct aesthetic inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. The brand launched last month in Los Angeles, showing its Pre-Spring 2020 collection at an event attended by key creatives in LA alongside Kanye West himself.