Daykeyla (day – kee – lah) was a gifted child who began her artistic career at five, writing and illustrating short stories. After being teased harshly by other children for her size, her focus changed to fashion design. She began drawing dresses she believed would make the other children accept her and boost her self-esteem. By the time Daykeyla entered classes at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) in January 2007, she had binders filled with her fashion illustrations. Some of her acquired skills include pattern-making, draping, tailoring, garment construction, and fabric surface design. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Fine Art Fashion Design in May 2011.
In May 2011, Daykeyla moved back to Buffalo, New York unable to secure a job in her field. As a single mother to two young boys, she begins to work two low-paying jobs to make ends meet. The years of being overworked became frustrating. Daykeyla was afraid of becoming another statistic and she let that fear drive her into creating her opportunities. With a six-month-old on her hip and a five-year-old in her lap, Daykeyla established her self-titled fashion line on February 21, 2013.
Since then, she has produced two fashion shows and four collections. Partnered with Oxford Fashion Studio, Daykeyla’s latest collections were featured in their New York (2018) and London (2021) Fashion Week shows. She recently dressed radio personality Redd Roxx for the BET Awards 2022 and has now teamed up with Fashion Bomb Daily to be featured on their NYFW runway. Her designs were featured in Guild Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar Espana, and on various youtube channels such as the Fashion Network.