Marquis Engle of Popular Culture on his journey as a designer and his latest collection

CMH Fashion Week launches on Sunday, Oct. 12, with a High Fashion Tea and wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 18, with the 5th Annual Finale Runway Show. Ten local designers will send their looks down the runway, as will headliner Althea Harper. Here, meet designer Marquis L. Engle.

Name: Marquis L. Engle

Age: 23

Residence: Ohio & NYC

Credentials:Popular Culture is a menswear label. We specialize in one-of-a-kind high-end pieces. We are honored to be chosen as a featured designer for CMH Fashion Week for the second year in a row.

My story:Growing up, I was anything but popular. I can remember being bullied for bring gay and teased for wearing second-hand clothing. After recieving my HIV diagnosis, I had to find an outlet for that pain and that was fashion. Fashion saved my life.

Personal style:Relaxed and effortless

Style icon:Lenny Kravitz

Favorite designers:Jeremy Scott, Kanye West and myself

Favorite three pieces in your closet right now:A worn leather jacket, a worn pair of white winged tennis shoes and an orange Members Only jacket

True style is … individual and effortless.

This collection: Answers a question that I asked myself a year ago: What is Popular? Everything that I have been through is what ultimately made me popular.

One celebrity you'd like to see in your designs:Kanye West

Are items shown in this collection for sale? Yes, they will be for sale at Milkbar Boutique and are priced between $125 and $400.

Do you do custom work? Rarely. Prices start at $500.

Personal website/contact info/social media:

IG: @PopularCulture_
(614) 579-0116

Photos courtesy Scott Cunningham/CMH Fashion Week