Former homeless Black teen who taught himself to sew now owns top fashion business

Former homeless Black teen who taught himself to sew now owns top fashion business

- A former homeless boy has braved the odds of life to emerge as a top fashion designer

- Jimelle Levon started his own small fashion business at age 14

- He taught himself how to sew after he used his small bedroom to open a sewing workshop

- Jimelle Lavon now owns his own fashion collection and has featured on top TV platforms including the Steve Harvey Show

- He is currently studying at the Georgia’s Clark University

After becoming homeless at 10 while living with his mother, Jimelle Levon, an 18-year Columbus Ohio native, has toppled life’s challenging moments to become a notable fashion designer.

Jimelle Levon had a tough childhood and had to live in shelters for the homeless with his mother. Despite the difficulty they faced as a family, a determined and hard working Jimelle would grow to become a highly-sought-after stylist.

The journey of what would become a viable business started from his home, when he turned his small bedroom into a sewing workshop to move his dreams into reality.

He began painting unique designs on shoes, shorts and even taught himself how to sew.

While the ideal name for his small start-up emerged later in his career, Jimelle was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s classic ''Coming to America'' to create a name for his brand.

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According to, Jimelle recreated the gold-sequined formal wear from the movie. He and his lovely date, Vanessa Bell, attended a prom night styled in his exclusive designs.

Pictures of Levon and his date quickly gained traction online and his inspiring story was amplified in various articles.

Jimelle’s custom made designs and photos earned the attention of Steve Harvey, who invited him to the Steve Harvey show, where he showcased only three designs because he received the invitation late.

The resilient teenager now has the dress his prom wore priced at $450 dollars and has also self-named an evening gown collection along with a sporty touch, ''KoldKut''.

Jimelle Levon is currently a student at the Georgia’s Clark University, studying fashion, working to improve his sewing skills and aims to have his dresses in mass production.

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian student from the Mankessim MA. School in the Central region has gained traction again following another adorable creative drawing of highlife artiste, Dennis Nana Dwamena, famed as KiDi.

The young boy first gained social media stardom when an artwork he designed of the late Ebony Reigns was shared in a popular Facebook page. reported earlier that Kwabena Atta Kakra, a teacher of the boy posted the toddler’s drawing in the group which went viral not long after the post was shared.

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