If you are a fan of Gigi Hadid (or just a fashion fanatic in general) you may have seen the internet bursting at its seams because of her latest appearanceat a V Magazine party. She did look amazing in her Re/Done jeans, bucket bag, tangerine pumps, and gold baby alligator shaped earrings. But, what really caught my eye was that top! Colored a bright, “I must be seen” orange, with translucent mesh fabric. The midriff-revealing stunner also had these luscious ruffled, puffy sleeves and I felt like I had seen that style before. Could it be Slashed By Tia?
Indeed it was! Those ruffled sleeves, reminiscent of 16th century Spain with an extraordinary modern twist, are hard to forget. That is Teni Adeola, a.k.a. Tia’s, signature. I have been following her work since her debut Instagram drop in 2016 with the ruffled red mini dress she created and posted with the statement “If it's not Slashed by Tia, I’m not wearing it”. No negative self-talk here! Although it has only been two years since then, her growth in popularity has skyrocketed and her growth as a designer is really something to behold too.
And Gigi isn't the only starlet rocking slashed by Tia, she has been able to dress celebrities like Amanda Steele, Karrueche, Lorde, and SZA just to name a few. In addition to this, she has been featured on The Fader, Galore Magazine, Paper Mag, and now seen in Vogue! To celebrate her success and this milestone I want to walk you down the brief but inspiring story of how Teni Adeola went from small-time Instagram shop to high fashion editorial.
At the age of 11 Teni moved from Nigeriato London where she grew up and received her primary education. As she approached her time for higher learning the original plan was for her to attend law school, as required by her parents. Teni, however, had other plans. She secretly applied to the Parson’s School of Design AND attained a scholarship which was the driving factor for her parents to loosen the reigns and allow her to drop the law school goal.
She was 8 years old when she started sewing. In Nigeria, her mom would collect beautiful fabrics. Teni would take needles and thread and pieces of the fabric from her collection to make extravagant dresses for her barbies. Later she took many textile classes during her time in high school. During her Sophomore year, then only 19, she began making silky, backless tops because she was allured by backless styles at the time. Then friends started taking a liking to the pieces, so she’d make the tops for them. A friend would tell a friend and it just grew from there. Instagram played a big role in the initial growth of Slashed. When she started, she made pieces and fulfilled them through Instagramordering.
Within just a year of her debut, Slashed by Tia had already garnered a dope following. It wasn't long after Instagram that the Twitterverse took notice of the majesty in her clothing line. She made the first yellow mesh set and featured it in a video. The video was retweeted all over and ended up going viral. SZA commented on it, which made Slashed get even more attention. Then the first celebrity sighting in Slashed arrive with girl group Little Mix in their video with CNCO, Reggaetón Lento.
Now in 2018, Teni is still in school, hustling through classes, designing, working with the press, and still building her empire. She even has Kali Uchis sliding up in her DMs asking to work on a custom-pieces for her tour. She says that was actually where her skort set evolved!
So, what is next for Slashed? Her dream for Slashed by Tia is to keep on making items suitable and affordable for every girl such as the reflective ruffle sets and the skort sets but her ultimate end goal has always been to make couture garments and to be commissioned by icons to bring her amazing ideas to life. She attributes her success to hard work and being able to create things that women really enjoy.
We wish her luck and offer continuous support and we can’t wait to see the next lines that come out.