Borris Powell’s Next Big Adventure

Borris Powell embarks on his new journey in Amazon Prime's Prana Warriors

Borris Powell embarks on his new journey in Amazon Prime’s Prana Warriors

Fashion designer Borris Powell is special – one of a kind. When I first interviewed him I was struck by his story; growing up in the projects of Alabama and taking a leap of faith to follow his dreams to be a fashion designer by relocating to Chicago. He left everything he knew to build his own fashion brand. His life is the ultimate testament to perseverance and optimism. And this Sunday, Borris is taking another leap of faith as he undergoes a new adventure – this times it’s a reality show on Amazon Prime called Prana Warriors. Borris will be traveling to Mexico, as part of a cast of four people – four survivors who have overcome extreme obstacles in their own lives – to inspire and serve orphans and make a difference in theirs.  Says Borris: “I signed up to do the show for a couple of reasons: one, it’s a positive show about giving back and paying-it-forward. This matters very much to me. Years ago, when I was first trying to get into the industry, someone I had trusted hurt me very much. In that moment I knew that I would never be the kind of person to say no to anyone in need. I have a chance to help others. The other, is to see if I can follow the practice of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation that will be the cornerstone of the show.”

A special fashion note: during the filming Borris will be wearing shorts designed by fellow fashion designer, good friend, and Project Runway contestant, Peach Carr (from her new line, ‘The Lobster Collection’).

Borris will alert me when the show airs. For now, I will wish him well as he travels to Mexico to begin the adventure. And once again feel inspired by his positive attitude and ability to take risks to make things better for himself and the world around him.

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Borris Powell’s story: From the Alabama projects to Chicago

Borris Powell

Borris Powell

 

Perseverance: Be steadfast or staunch or constant, keep going, stand fast or firm, show determination; endure, carry on or through, keep at or on or up.

On a day when you are feeling a little lost, that maybe your dreams can’t come true, or you don’t know how you will make them a reality – think about this inspirational story of fashion designer, Borris Powell. Borris has lived in Chicago since 1997 but that is not where his story begins. His story begins in the projects of rural Alabama. Everything that Borris has achieved has come from his attitude and determination and especially, his ability to persevere. He will tell you that there was one defining moment when he took a leap of faith to start his fashion brand, Borris Powell, but after hearing him tell his story I believe that his entire life has been a leap of faith – going beyond the expected to the unimaginable. Borris, a southern boy, tells how it happened that he left his home and ended up in Chicago …

I grew up in the projects of Alabama. Our town was so small that there were only 74 people in my graduating class. There were limited options if you were a boy: the way that boys were measured was their participation and success in sports. I had no interest in sports. I was interested in home economics but boys were’s allowed to be interested in home-ec …

My dad’s sister was a fashion model and she introduced me to the world of fashion, a world I had never seen before. When I was about 9 years old she took me to my first fashion show and I remember loving it. My mother was a seamstress and I was curious about her sewing machine, but again, boys weren’t allowed to be interested in sewing machines. As I got older and my mother became busy during our summer vacations, I would sneak and play with her sewing machine. That sparked my curiosity even more … Continue reading

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