Fashion student to launch online shopping venture

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    Some dream of becoming the next Rachel Zoe or getting into Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and Kaygan Tissue, a fashion merchandising student at TCU, is on her way to fashion industry.

    Tissue, a sophomore, has started by creating an online venture named Kissue with help from her parents and older sister Kailey, who is also her business partner.

    Tissue said the venture can be pronounced Kiss-YOU or Kiss-SHOE.

    The sisters said they traveled to the Dallas Market earlier this year to pick up on the latest trends for their website, which they said should launch in June.

    Tissue said the website would feature wholesale items that the women have chosen.

    Currently, Kissue is featured on Facebook, Twitter (@KISSUEtx), Pinterest and Instagram (@KISSUEtx).

    The first big interest came from Olympic gold medalist Nastia Luikin, who commented on a picture of merchandise. The Instagram featured a pair of vibrant, bedazzled shorts for a night out on the town and Luikin commented, “OMG. Love!!! I need these.”

    Tissue said her sister Kailey earned a marketing and advertising degree from the University of Florida and that her sister would be able to keep up with social media while she focuses on school.

    Tissue said she is currently enrolled in Fashion Communications and Illustration this semester. She said both classes will improve her visual and design skills.

    Tissue said she chose the university's fashion merchandising program because it is well known and has created outlets for her to grow as an individual.

    As far as her own fashion preferences, Tissue said she enjoys clean-cut lines, as they provide the structure that she and her sister love. She said she enjoys adding pops of color here and there to venture out of her comfort zone.

    Tissue said her inspiration comes from the late designer Alexander McQueen.

    “He is by far my biggest inspiration. His aesthetics and the way he creates pieces are a work of art. The way he envisions a garment is what I want to do," Tissue said.