Blasian Fashion Designer Launches Affordable Clothing Line
11/1/2013, 3:13 p.m.
Former luxury shop owner and Hollywood insider, Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin recently debuted her affordable ready-to-wear brand, China Royal in Las Vegas.
Ex-wife of Keyshawn Johnson and with exclusive consultation from cousin and Old Navy co-founder and former President Jenny Ming, China Royal features a collection of trademark insignia Chinese logo printed shirts, hoodies and sweaters for men and beautiful chiffon tops and dresses for women.
“My mom is Chinese and my dad is Black. I don’t meet a lot of people like me, but in Jamaica there’s a term they use-they call us China Royal. These two distinct backgrounds have made me who I am and is at the core of my clothing line. It’s a blending of cultures, and a lifestyle where you can be anything you want to be as long as you have a dream.”
As a woman of Chinese descent, Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin is proud to produce a line that bears the ‘Made in China’ label. Raised by her Chinese mother and black father in Berkeley, she was immersed in several different aspects of Chinese and Asian culture. As a woman who boasts her Chinese heritage she was disappointed in all the criticism about the lack of quality of goods produced in China, and wanted to transform the bad rep that the country has for mass marketing high-end knockoffs. She looked to her cousin, retail brand expert Jenny Ming (CEO of Charlotte Russe, former Old Navy CEO) to guide her in the sourcing and buying process.
A veteran in the industry Hightower-Gaskin has dressed everyone from Naomi Campbell, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Bijou Phillips, to Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston through her boutiques Shikiri and Golden Butterfly, in Los Angeles. She has even created custom pieces for several NFL wives, as well as music videos for Eve and Alicia Keys.