Leading up to this year's Big Brain Awards, we're checking in with past winners. Up today: Keytha Fixico.
Since winning a Big Brain Award in 2013 for his work as a fashion designer, Keytha Fixico has gone international.
Not business-wise, but the creative has caught a bit of a travel bug, venturing to Paris and with plans to check out the Netherlands this year. Also on his agenda? Making more of a splash with his styles around the Valley.
What have you been up to since winning a Big Brain Award? I've been traveling to different countries. Since we last met, I've traveled to Paris. It was quite an eye-opening experience. And I have a trip planned to the Netherlands in May if all goes well.
What's your next big project? My next big project is getting ready to show this year's collection at a show I've been invited to. What a project! I'm hiring agency models (never done that before), I'll be planning on live-streaming my part of the show onto my Facebook page (I've never done before), and renewing my style and way of designing.
Where do you see Phoenix a year from now? In a year from now, I see Phoenix a little more technologically advanced. With the new Google fiber coming to the area, and with Apple bringing some of their production to valley.
Where do you see yourself a year from now? As for me and KEYTHA, I see my line being more recognized around the Valley and making ready-to-wear. I see myself gaining more knowledge in the merchandising and designing part of fashion.
Nominations for this year's Big Brain Awards are closed. Check back in the coming weeks for profiles of this year's finalists and information about New Times' Artopia, an evening of art, drinks, food, and music, on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $25.
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