HerStory

 

Tangee Massey is a proud military brat who traveled the world as a youth with her family. At the age of 12 while living in Germany, Tangee learned to crochet from her mother, Loretta Massey. Upon graduation from high school, Tangee attended Virginia State University (VSU) where she majored in Textiles Apparel Merchandising Management (TAMM) with a minor in Business Management.

The combinations of TAMM with her natural style instincts, influenced by her mom, allowed Tangee to explore, challenge, and expand the boundaries of her fashion acumen. Tangee became a sister of the world famous VSU Woo-Woo’s and a proud member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. First and foremost, Tangee is honored and most proud of being a mother of four children. In 2011, Tangee desired to supplement her families’ income hence the journey of Tangee’s Closet began.

 

Tangee takes great pride in volunteering with various non-profit organizations to raise awareness and money for charities focusing on NICU babies (March of Dimes/American Heart Association) and survivors of human sex-trafficking. As an avid crafter, Tangee teaches crafting to seniors and the mentally disabled.  Tangee hosts seminars for VSU’s TAMM Department sharing crocheting and her sewing skills. Tangee prides herself on her attention to detail through handmade, one-of-a-kind garments-from sophisticated gowns, stylish dresses, swimsuits, flirty skirts and tops to her best-selling hats, gloves, and scarf sets. Tangee’s commitment to the environment and sustainability enhances her ability to incorporate upcycling into her designs. As everyone was confronted with the changes to day to day life while combating COVID-19, Tangee again sprung into action leveraging her creativity to develop fashion forward crocheted customized face coverings that have received rave reviews and expanded her customer base.

Whether you’re headed out for a night on the town or relaxing at a beach resort, Tangee’s Closet is ready to dress you! In a Tangee’s Closet outfit, clients make their presence felt in any room. All eyes are on them. A Tangee’s Closet client is confident, bold, and ready to be seen.

After many years of drive and determination, Tangee has gained recognition in the fashion industry by participating in:

  • Harlem Fashion Week (2020)
  • Vogue Knit Fashion Show (2019)
  • Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Fashion Show (2019)
  • RVA Annual Beauty and Barber Awards Fashion Show (2019)
  • Poconos Winter Fest (2019)
  • The Finer Experience (2019)
  • Miami Take Over (2019-2018)
  • Prince George County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    • Posh, Pearls & Purpose – 43rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Benefit Fashion Show (2018)
  • Congressional Black Caucus (2018)
  • White Out Hair & Fashion Show (2018)
  • Fashion Night Out (2018)
  • Hull Street Festivals (2018)
  • Philly Fashion Show (2018)
  • Royals Fashion Show (2018)
  • RVA Fashion Week (2018-2016)
  • New York Fashion Week (2018-2016)  
  • Winter Wonderland (2017)
  • New York Summer Fashion Explosion (2017)
  • Teen New York Fashion Week (2017-2016)
  • Runways on Fire (2017-2016)
  • Myrtle Beach Fashion Week (2016)
  • Atlanta Fashion Week (2016)
  • AIMES Charity Fashion Show (2016)
  • Richmond Art and Fashion Week Show (2016)
  • The Art Rave (2016) 
  • Epic Curls Show (2015)

Tangee has received acknowledgment for her custom artistry as: 

  • Lion Brand Yarn's StitchAroundTheWorld Wild Card Category Winner (2020)
  • ACHI Magazine Fashion Designer of the Year Nominee (2019) 
  • RVA Annual Beauty and Barber Awards Fashion Designer of the Year (2019) 
  • Indie Fiber Artist of the Year, NY (2019)

Tangee has worked in the fashion industry in numerous capacities:

  • Provide clothing to celebrity stylist (Present – 2005)
  • Assist new designers with social media management (Present – 2010)
  • Assist TAMM VSU students in relation to clothing design, pattern construction, and assembly (Present – 2010)
  • Wardrobe assistant music videos (2017-2016)

Tangee’s radio and print publications includes:

  • Shi Show (2020)
  • Storyteller by Napoleon Complex Project (2020)
  • Bassline Sound (2020)
  • Vogue Knitting (2020)
  • Crochet Magazine London (2020)
  • Style Live (2019)
  • Luxe Kurves Magazine (2019)
  • CEO Magazine (2018)  
  • Crochet Mania (2016)
  • CBS News Richmond
  • RadioOne