In June of 2011, I started this business under the name Coruscate Innovations. I had no training in creating clothing, but randomly decided that I wanted to try my hand at sewing. I successfully made my first dress, and the business kicked off from there!
At the beginning of 2012, I participated in my first fashion show at Quinsigamond Community College, where I exhibited my very first collection, “Royalegance”. As its name implies, it represented royalty and elegance.
Throughout this period I created 6 more collections(Sophisticated Glory, All That Glitters, Touch of Culture, Contemporary Africa, 2015 Collection, & “Unnamed” Collection), and participated in several fashion shows as well as RAW shows in Boston and Los Angeles.
In November of 2016, I had the amazing opportunity of being interviewed having my clothing shot for the Worcester Pulse Magazine. Initially, they were going to put all of the featured designers on the cover, but when the issue came out, my design was the cover! View the issue here.
I created a new brand called Cynthia Akita Couture because I wanted to focus more on creating gowns, however, I got sick of having separate businesses, and decided to blend them all into one under the new business name, Cynthia Akita Couture. After all, everyone could actually pronounce it.. haha. Along with this rebrand, I created a four attire “Couture” collection.
Yes, I have changed the name again! Hopefully, this will be the final time. I changed the name because I wanted to have the ability to show all the various things that I create which range from business casual, to bridal, to prom, bags, and more. I feel that the word “collective” encompasses all of that, and I am thrilled for the rest of the journey. We’re 7 years in!