19-year-old entrepreneur and designer Despina Kotsis has just released her 2020 collection for her fashion label, MINX New York. We got an exclusive look at the new collection with plenty of photos of the clothing line.
We also spoke to Kotsis, a Greek-American, about her experience becoming a designer and businesswoman in her teenage years.
Kotsis started designing when she was around 9 years of age, sketching and coloring dresses and outfits. Although she asked for a sewing machine at age 14, she didn’t know how to use it. However, she didn’t let this stop her from her dream of starting her own clothing brand.
The MINX New York collection is a New York City-inspired streetwear brand. Despina draws a great deal of inspiration from her home city of New York as well as her Greek roots. She wanted to create a different style of streetwear outside the norm.
As she says, “I noticed that a lot of streetwear lines were just brand logos on all different types of clothes and I did not want to give off the same vibe. I decided to start MINX New York, which was inspired by my city, New York. I wanted to create designs that were colorful and looked upon as art, with meaning behind each one. I did not want my clothing line to be basic.”
Despite her youth, Despina is already deeply aware of the struggles of entrepreneurship. She spoke to us about making mistakes along the way, and trying to learn from both them and the more experienced people around her.
However, Kotsis also feels that young people, and especially young entrepreneurs, have ideas and thoughts that should be heard in many industries, including fashion.
As she puts it, “we might be younger but we have a lot of great ideas as well. We know what the trends are these days and what people are looking for in this generation. Social media has played a huge part within my business, especially with my marketing, so as a young entrepreneur I am really lucky to know how to use this as a tool to benefit my business and help it grow.”
Kotsis, who is a second generation Greek-American, visited Greece for the first time this year, which “really impacted [her] life,” she tells us. The 2020 MINX NYC collection is especially important to her because she drew inspiration from her travels in Greece for the new line. This made it a very personal collection for the young designer.
In her words, “there is a lot of meaning behind each and every one of my designs which people don’t know, and I think that is the beauty about being a true artist.”
As for her thoughts on being Greek, the Greek community, and her first experience in Greece?
“I am extremely proud to be Greek and representing the Greek community on this journey of mine. I know it has been very tough for Greece with the brutal economic struggle, but I know brighter days are coming soon…” she says.
“I was extremely grateful and truly touched to be visiting Greece this year and I am hoping I can visit a lot more. I truly want to thank the Greek community for the amazing support I have gained with this, they have been awesome and I can call them my family,” Kotsis adds with feeling.
To watch the full video of Despina Kotsis’ MINX New York 2020 collection, check out the video at the top of the page.