Dorian and Tawana Rhodes are not only married and in the fashion business together, they are best friends that share the same vision to design clothes for men, women, and children. Not long after meeting, the Rhodes took the plunge and invested their time and talent into bringing fashion lines “Culture Banditz” and “Debutante,” to local shelves.
“He talks a lot,” Tawana states when I ask about who Dorian, the artist behind the designs, really is when they are alone together.
Every time I met with the couple, Tawana was happy enough to talk for the both of them. I had mistakenly assumed Dorian was shy. She gives me a look.
“No. He talks. He is so smart when he talks about history. He knows all about things that happened hundreds of years ago.” She shakes her head and smiles.
The Rhodes inspire each other. Dorian attributes his artistic inspiration to his wife who manages the finer details of their business. They see themselves opening up a store where customers can come in to have portraits done and browse their designs.
Dorian has been drawing for upwards of three decades and is ready to “reap the benefits” of a lifetime of creativity. He actively designs as often as possible and has recently been featured in the Laconic and on Northampton’s walls in an art show dedicated to student excellence. He has been a regular presence on our walls since he became a student in the summer of 2014. The Rhodes have had a taste of success and are not planning on quitting until they find themselves “on top together”.