Wild Profile: Najva Sol, Freak Flag Fly
Who: Najva Sol
Where she was born: Somewhere on the borders of a suburb and the Capitol
Where she lives now: Brooklyn, Land of the artist.
What: Fashion Designer/ Photographer/ Recovering Poet
What she’s currently working on:
I’m working on the second collection for my brand, Vaunt & Sol. I started it last year with my best friend of 10 years, model Nicole Vaunt, and our newest designs use a commission from super talented (and babely) artist Monica Canilao. Trying to find eco fabrics and produce domestically/sustainably is a challenge, but it’s something I believe in.
What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
Too much: Waste. Too little: Smiling at strangers.
What she’d be doing if she didn’t have her current occupation:
Poetry professor, Photojournalist, or Therapist. Or, you know, a famous fine artist.
On her life-to-do list:
See my designs hang in Bergdorf. Experience the Northern Lights. Save a life. Travel to the Far East. Buy a magical country house. Get my own solo show. Have a kid. Hire a full-time employee, because that’s when I’ll finally feel like a real adult.
If she were president:
I have a long list of things like free healthcare, support for the arts, and abolishing student debt, but having worked in the political world, I know that it’s almost impossible for a radical president to pass all those dreams through the House and Senate. So first thing would be to attempt to unlink the corporate influences through some serious financial overhaul. Not that it matters because a Persian, Muslim-raised girl won’t be voted president any time soon.
Her most striking moment:
In third grade, when a girl called me weird and I said, “Thank you.” Learning to fly my freak flag early was a life saver.
What she considers a fashion faux-pas:
Buying cheap, poorly made, new clothing and boasting about how little you paid. There’s nothing to be proud of when you support unethical practices. There’s a trash pile the size of Texas in the ocean, let’s not add to it. Gross.
What cracks her up:
I read somewhere that children laugh 100 times a day on average and adults only laugh 10. So now it’s my life mission to embrace all the funny.
The WILDEST situation she’s ever experienced:
My life, luckily, is massively wild. Most recently, I was traversing WILDLY & illegally through abandoned buildings in Chelsea, and up the scariest ladder of my life, to dance and drink at a pop-up fancy whiskey bar hidden inside a water tower.
What she can’t live without:
Surprises. Life can feel terribly mundane at times, and if it weren’t for the wonder of it—the good news, the serendipity, the romance, the passion—then I suppose I just wouldn’t see the point.
With whom she would like to grow old:
A person with passion, dedication, (lots of) patience, a sense of inner peace, great style, liberal leanings, and devastatingly good looks who enjoys balancing out my chaos. I would also take a unicorn. Whichever comes first.
Her next challenge:
Making my clothing line a smashing success. There’s a revolution happening right now in both domestic manufacturing and luxury women’s wear that prioritizes comfort, and we’re part of it. Nobody said it would be easy.
Najva’s WILD Wish:
Can I give my wish away? I really want my little brother’s startup to get funded and reinvent the way journalism is experienced. If I had to keep it, then I wish that the creative class didn’t have to bend to the almighty dollar.