BM: What motivated you to start Confiance?
MG: Growing up, I always had a passion for fashion. I remember digging into my mom’s closet and finding pieces of fabrics and asking her to sew Barbie clothes for me. I also got accepted to fashion school after graduating from UCSD, but I decided to get my MBA instead. After I completed one of my first paintings, Evil Eye, I thought about how cool it would be to put it on t-shirts because I had never seen clothing with the evil eye on them. The thought lingered for almost 2 years and one day I finally decided to look up manufacturers and get the shirts printed. Then, the opportunity to participate in the 4th Annual UCLA Fashion Show benefiting the Persian American Cancer Institute (PACI) came along and gave me the perfect excuse to delve into creating new designs for the show.
*Confiance was launched in April, 2010, and in January 2011 it was one of the sponsors for the HBO Luxury Lounge in honor of the 68th Golden Globe Awards.
MG: YES! Besides the Miss CA USA pageant that I just got back from I’ll be exhibiting at the WWDMAGIC Show in Vegas this February, and I’m planning an art exhibit of my paintings for some time in March. *She had a solo exhibition in Tehran, Iran.
Interview by Nikki Neil, Photos courtesy of Maryam Gueramian