Michigan may be known for its beautiful scenery and for producing some of the most powerful forces in entertainment, but there’s more to the Great Lake State than meets the eye. Michigan is home to prominent cities, such as Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids, all of which have burgeoning fashion scenes of their own. One designer from Metro Detroit, Desyree Nicole, is living proof that fashionable talent exists outside of populous areas such as New York and Los Angeles, as she’s the founder and creative director of Todd Patrick, an inclusive menswear brand. Today, Todd Patrick debuts at New York Fashion Week, and we can’t wait to see its new collection.

Desyree sat down with Blavity News to discuss Black women’s perspectives on menswear, inclusivity in clothing brands and how her upbringing in Michigan influenced the creative direction of Todd Patrick.