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Fashion Friday: Meet Phylicia Dove, owner of Black Monarchy

Name: Phylicia Dove, 31.

Who she is: Fashion designer and owner of Black Monarchy, a global artisan and fashion boutique at 527 W. Utica St. in Buffalo's Five Points neighborhood. The boutique specializes in custom clothing and jewelry from around the world, mainly Africa. The Brooklyn native graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., where she majored in social justice and advocacy. She earned a master's in executive leadership and change from Daemen College. Although at one time she considered pursuing a career in law, she decided to follow her passion for fashion. Black Monarchy grew out of her original business, I Am Phynomenal LLC, a wardrobe consulting and fashion styling business. She has won numerous grants and awards, including the Ignite Buffalo pitch competition. (The Ignite Buffalo program is presented by 43North in partnership with Facebook and others). She and her husband, Averill Dove, a Buffalo native, have two sons - Isaac, 4, and Nicholas, 2. You can follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

What she's wearing: A dress of African waxed cotton fabric and matching headpiece – both of which she designed and made (she's a self-taught seamstress); pink pumps with red heels, and three bracelets from India, sold in her shop.

Signature look: A headpiece with bow accent. "It's from a collection of head wraps that we then transformed into more modern pieces – called Monarchy Crowns. Each piece has a beautiful bow. They're made in different fabrics and designs, but they're mostly all bows," she said.

Fashion statement: "My fashion philosophy is to dress for the job you want, not the one you have. If you dress for the job that you want, that will be the job that you have," she said.

Last purchase: An "amazing" Dooney & Bourke work bag from Savers Thrift Store she bought for $29.99. It holds her laptop, books, pens.

In the market for: Fabric – and lots of it. All kinds, all colors. "What I've learned in growing Black Monarchy is that fabric speaks to people," she said.

Her signature "Monarchy Crown" that she designed and made. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Her shoes. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Her bracelets and an African fan from her shop. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Happy Fashion Friday! (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

 

In case you missed our last Fashion Friday:

Fashion Friday: Meet Katherine Kolber, marketing director

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