From the designer’s laptop, Safiya JihanIt all started at John F Kennedy airport in 1978, with a pair of high waisted When Doves Cry ivory trousers, a Caliente fire blouse, voluminous hair, Lady in Red nails, platform heels, sun kissed skin and an unparalleled zest for life. Yes ladies and gentlemen, that’s my Jamaican queen and mother, Joan Miller, during her senior year of college living life boldly and colorfully.
Yes, that’s my Mom, not me, lol. She’s the muse, along with my father, Winston behind my colorful resort line, SAFIYA JIHAN ™. My Dad actually chose my first name, Safiya, which means clear minded, wise and pure (lots to live up to, lol!); and my Mom chose my middle name Jihan, which was the name of President Sadat’s wife, a complete #bossbabe, and means the world (you see, being a wanderlust was in my soul).
My Caribbean heritage, my creative partner in crime Daren Miller, and my happy place (beach please!) all served as inspiration for my first line. From my Grandmother to my Aunts I come from a rich heritage of style aficionado; And as a Jamaican American and quasi-brasilera it was only fitting that my first collection center around vibrant resort wear. They say fashion repeats itself and as a tall stylist with curves that believes in highlighting the best assets of a woman’s body, my first collection had to revive my Mother’s high waisted trouser. The second signature item is a jumpsuit, because who doesn’t love a sexy, bold one piece!?
Bossbabe - I’m excited to share my journey with you, to learn from you, and to cultivate a community of #bossbabes that support each other! Take a look around, leave your thoughts on my Instagram, share something that inspires you that you see here with a friend and support a minority, woman owned fashion line thoughtfully designed and manufactured locally in San Francisco, California with your own SAFIYA JIHAN ™ piece. Beijos!
The SAFIYA JIHAN ™ Woman
The SAFIYA JIHAN ™ woman is bold. She works hard and plays harder. She colors outside of the lines. She realizes that YOU are your own best advocate. She’s optimistic. She appreciates culture. She’s ambitious. She’s fun. She’s a bit of a diva. She’s active and proactive. She likes to break it down on the dance floor. She loves a great [day] party and brunch as much as she loves a great #yogasculpt session. She lives to make a statement when she enters the room. She’s educated and curious. She’s a believer.
She’s a #bossbabe. She’s a multi-hyphenate, but she’s humble. She’s your source of inspiration and sprinkles a little magic in the lives of many. She’s beautiful inside and out. She brings more seats to the table and recognizes that there’s enough for us all to THRIVE. She believes that to whom much is given, much is required. She understands that favor ain’t fair. She knows that we ARE our own BEST advocates. She believes by faith, not by sight; And last but not least, she lives life boldly and colorfully!
Behind The Scenes #BTS with Safiya
Safiya Jihan Miller has been recognized as one of the top Account Directors at Microsoft, where she manages one of the largest accounts - which is both a client and partner - and has been awarded in the Circle of Excellence for the last 3 consecutive years. She is trilingual (she speaks Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, English) and a San Francisco based fashion designer and beauty/style consultant. Graduating from Harvard with a BA in Psychology and a Foreign Language Citation in Spanish, living and working abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then completing her MBA focused on Digital Marketing at Cornell, Safiya combines her unique international experiences and education to develop a canvas of opportunities in the fashion world. She’s also passionate about education empowerment and started the “No Boundaries” scholarship with her brother in 2012 to honor young people that dare to dream big and pursue America’s best post-secondary opportunities.
She hosts inspirational events and fashion shows for major retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue & Bloomingdale's and manages #safistylefiles content on her Instagram influencer account, all about living your best, bold colorful life.
Her work has been featured on Asos.com, Rent the Runway, The Grio, 21 Ninety, Yelp and her partnerships include Rebecca Minkoff, Urban Decay, Drybar & Bumble.