Howard University alum starts design business, heads to New York Fashion Week

One local business owner expands her brand beyond D.C. with her Simply L3ve line. (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Gibson designs her clothing for the ambitious dreamer -- a woman who appreciates the simple things in life, like love and nature. (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Gibson's summer line features her first-ever clutches made from recycled fabrics and plastics. "I want to change the perception that they can just be really cute clothes that so happen to be eco-friendly at the same time rather than it being in that niche market," she says. (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Gibson's line, founded in March 2011, has pieces ranging from $39.90 to $150. "We've actually done something unique in that we make three or four different price points," she says. "That way everyone can get a little bit of Simply L3ve." (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
"Lately I've really enjoyed being the model for Simple L3ve," Gibson says. "Right now, because the collection is coming out so sporadically, it's easy for me to inside the head so when I do find that model, I'll be able to explain exactly what I'm looking for." (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Gibson is dedicated to practicing made-to-order fashion in an effort to "slow down" the process and discourage mass-produced disposable wear. (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Each week, Gibson's summer collection will feature a new color. Her bright green and yellow pieces are now available online at (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)
Recent Howard University graduate Michelle Gibson is releasing pieces from her Enchanted Forest of L3ve collection each week throughout the summer. (Courtesy of Michelle Gibson)

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