Wevly Wilson’s journey began in a small southern town along the banks of the Mississippi River, where she dreamed of designing beautiful gowns for celebrities in New York City. After going the more traditional route of earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees and working in human resources in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, she decided to uproot her comfortable life by selling everything and moving to New York to attend the world-renowned Parsons School of Design. While Wevly’s interests evolved into shoe and accessories design, she actually studied fashion and spent a summer studying at Central Saint Martin’s School of Design in London, where notable alumni include Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. She also studied the art of shoemaking from Cordwainers (also in London), where Jimmy Choo honed his skills.
After interning at both Donna Karan Collection, under Paul Andrew, and Calvin Klein Collection, Wevly gained valuable experience designing footwear and accessories for Ann Taylor Loft, Lands' End Canvas, Joe Fresh, Ralph Lauren, and most recently Coach. Wevly is currently a footwear design recruiter for Nike and also teaches an accessories design class at her alma mater, Parsons.
Wevly has focused much of her free time now on giving back by founding Fashion Designers of Color, which is an organization created to support fashion designers and other fashion professionals of color with career advancement.