Dante Dominique Thomas also known as Luchi TheDesigner ( born July 20th 1997 ) in New Orleans Louisiana, Is an American fashion designer and the founder of the handbag brand ATHENA. In just 11 months, Luchi has made his mark in the fashion industry with well known celebrities like Supa Cent, Keri Hilson, Regina Carter, Ari Fletcher, Chloe Bailey and more paying recognition to this young black designer
Early life and education
Luchi was born in The 9th ward of New Orleans in 1997, Raised by a single mother amongst his 4 other siblings and one step brother. His nickname Luchi was given to him by his cousin Kyriee who is now deceased. Despite having a rough upbringing and losing a few relatives such as his grandmother, grandfather and his father not being present in his life, Luchi manage to overcome many obstacles that hinder his success.
At just the age of 9 Luchi attended Ames Elementary where he was one of the top Artistic student’s within his class. Before leaving Gretna middle school and west Jefferson high-school Luchi help paint the entire classroom for his art teacher’s where his passion for art and design grew. At the age of 17 he graduated high-school and went on to attend college at Xavier university of Louisiana where he studied pharmaceutical while working for Walmart, something he ventured into as he searched for his path in life. In late 2019 Luchi moved to Houston Texas alone as a fresh start in life where he focus on building a business in the fashion industry. While still working for Walmart he saved money by sleeping on a air mattress for 3 months inside his apartment to buy a computer to study e-commerce and fashion. Luchi then open his first boutique called “Black Diamonds” where he drop-shipped fashion items, despite making a decent earning Luchi hunger for his own brand grew. Not many people knew, but Luchi work on a cosmetic makeup brand under the umbrella of his “Black Diamonds” company which he never fully released at the beginning of the year 2020. In may 2021 Luchi had his first and only child, his beautiful daughter Harmonia Thomas who sparked a even greater hunger to create a legacy for his child. Later that day Luchi was having a conversation with a friend, bouncing around business names and ideas which birth the brand name ATHENA, named after the goddess of all goddess which originally was suppose to be the name of a lash and hair company later turned into the Great designer fashion Handbag brand you know today. September 1st 2021 ATHENA was launched and the brand was born! Grown into the beauty we know today in the first month of business Luchi happen to catch the eye of none other then the beautiful ms reginae carter. She not only ordered her first bag but also did a unexpected unboxing which helped Luchi brand tremendously, she then ordered 2 more bags in December of 2021 and did yet another unboxing which helped the brand grow more and more. Luchi later captured many more celebrities attention and continue to do so with his amazing creativity and spark he gives to the handbag and fashion industry. Luchi has been featured in several articles, posted to several blogs and grown a wonderful fan based in just under a year. He’s not only made a mark with celebrities and fan base but with his community as well, for he is well known for giving back to the kid’s and single mother’s within the community. In November of 2021 Luchi went to footlocker and purchased $10,000 worth of new shoes to give to kids who had a spectacular year and good grades throughout the school year. In December of 2021 Luchi also gave away 10 PlayStation 5’s and paid single mother’s rent to help them with Christmas gifts for the kids in the community. This amazing designer and community philanthropist has a bright future ahead of him.