ANOMALI STREETWEAR: Urban Couture with a Conscience

Houston transplant and Chicago native Willi Styles brings his love of fashion, positivity, and God into his designs at ANOMALI streetwear. ANOMALI STREETWEARWhy street wear of all types of attire? I’ve always love to design them since I was a child. I’ve always wanted to do hats, sneakers, and shoes. I also have ideas for other types of attire but as for right now, street wear works well on a small budget. Describe your clothes in three words? Pensive, driven, and positive Where do you get your inspiration from? God. It has always been a gift and a dream– over 10 years ago, to design and create– to bring people to him. We all have our own gift, and I felt this was my calling. I don’t want to waste my talent. My work is not superficial. It does have a message behind it and it does open up a dialogue. As I am more established, these messages will come more to the forefront. How is the attire in Houston different from Chicago? I am from Chicago but I have been living in Texas for awhile. You can call me a Texan, only behind my back though! *laughs* As far as Chicago goes, people have to adjust to the nature of living there, so you see a lot more layering due to the weather. Trend-wise, I feel Chicago is ahead of Houston by one to two years. Also, Chicago is more densely populated than Houston; trends catch on quicker in Chicago. One person sees another person wearing something nice, it spreads much faster. What trend would you like to see become popular? I do not have a specific trend, but I do feel men should learn more from women. Designing and wearing an outfit is all about expressing you, and for women –they have so many options. It would be nice if men break out of the typical mindset and become more aware of their wardrobe and make it more versatile. Who is your fashion icon? Nigo, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrel, Jesse James (an artist), and Shepherd Farey. What motto do you live by? I use Spiritual scriptures as guidance. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. I also like to say “Where there is a WILLI, there is a way *laughs* and of course the guidance of God”. As far as my dreams go, I do not have a choice to quit. I have the dream and I have to constantly go at it and have faith that it will work out. Why did you get into this business? For various reasons – but I had a crisis in my life where my son was almost taken away. However, I won the case and now my son lives with me. After the scare – him being almost taken away – It put me in a whole new perspective. Nothing could be worse than having my son away from me, so I felt that with him by my side, I could make a leap and I have faith in God that everything will turn out fine. What life long goals do you have? I want to be a successful father and designer. More importantly, to be a good father. I want to make sure that my son has opportunities that I never grew up with and that I can live vicariously through him such as – attending a four year college, travel around the world, and to grow up in a nice house. Basically, to give him what I did not have. Who would you love to collaborate with? Shepherd Farey, Nigo , the brand Supra What is your favorite product from your website? My ‘bike chain’ and ‘hybrid’ rosary. I love wearing it and getting people’s reactions. I would also say next on my list, is the ‘screwed-up’ earrings. If money was not an issue, what would your dream occupation be? My dream occupation would have to be with designing. I love accessories but I would love to eventually expand and study fabric and cuts. I did start on a kid’s line- but I wanted to start off strong so I will launch it in the beginning of next year.- I will also have new tees for women, men, and kids. I also do want to eventually design furniture. Which demographic are you trying to gear Anomali Street wear toward? I would say between 18-40 year old men. It is a wide range, but the 40 year old men are still walking around in street wear. My womens line is called Luxe/Aire, which carries styles for women between the ages of 18-40. Where did you get the name from? It is from Anomaly- but I decided to give it a twist and substitute the Y for an I. It looks more poetic and unique, but the exact same concept and meaning as ‘Anomaly’.