Exquisite, bold and sophisticated — just a few words that describe designer Shemeka Buckner’s clothing for the trendy full-figured woman. Shemeka, a Chicago native, dreamt of becoming a runway designer at a young age, with a niche in seasonal designs. Having immersed herself in books and magazines related to fashion, vibrant colors and abstract designs are what grasped her attention.
At the age of 17, Shemeka’s unique talent and designs became increasingly popular by friends and family, whom after seeing Shemeka sketch prom dresses, encouraged her to take a step further and create her own brand.
Since then, Shemeka has grown and expanded her vision in Chicago, leading up to the launch of her own Kiyoko Linden clothing line in 2005. The Kiyoko Linden brand still exemplifies her initial love for bright colors and patterned fabrics, thus encouraging curvy women to promote individuality and confidence.
Kiyoko Linden has been showcased in numerous fashion shows within the Chicagoland area, including Beau Ideal’s Larger Than Life runway fashion show and “Survive!,” a pink and white party benefiting breast cancer awareness, produced by bridal designer Robert Sharod.
In the summer of 2014, Kiyoko Linden will be featured in the Indie Designer Showcase at Full-Figured Fashion Week in New York City.
Shemeka said: “Kiyoko Linden is the embodiment of my dream — I’ve always wanted to create clothes that help curvy women feel confident and stylish. Full-figured fashion has come so far, but it still has a long way to go, and my line pushes it to the next level.”