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Touched with Style L.L.C and Tangeia Smith are multifaceted brands that intertwine to promote self-expression and self-love through encouraging to live as an original and authentically as you can. Touched with Style L.L.C includes makeup artistry, custom apparel and décor, as well as novelty and memorabilia items. The newest subset addition to the TWS brand is the Nine.Twenty-Nine Beauty products. Nine.Twenty-Nine Beauty includes super finely milled extreme shine glitter pigments, eye catching chunky cosmetic glitter, high sparkle hydrating lip toppers/gloss, High quality 3D strip mink lashes, and a 15pc complete complexion brush set. The Tangeia Smith is an individual becoming a brand. As a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle influencer and YouTuber.Read More
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This week we sat down with the amazing Brooklyn based brand Vedazzling Accessories Boutique.Vedazzling Accessories Boutique is an Accessories boutique owned by a Woman of Color with Handmade Accessories by Artist of color. I specialize in bohemian styled one of kind handcrafted pieces providing a platform for artist to showcase their line. Located in the Heart of Dumbo Brooklyn. Take a look at our exclusive interview with Vedazzling Accessories Boutique CEO Velvet Lattimore.
Velvet Lattimore, CEO
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO) : At Vedazzling Accessories we look to align ourselves with organizations that believe in our platform. We are a boutique that showcases handmade designs by Black Accessories designers. I usually meet other organizations through business colleagues or through market places that house handmade artist .
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What three pieces of advice would you give to other children who want to become entrepreneurs?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): First be passionate about any business or path that you are choosing. Passion will lead to money it's never the other way around. 2. Be prepared to have rejection no hard feelings in business so you can't get in your feelings about every little things. Always remember it’s just business . 3. Never lose your integrity how you treat people in any industry goes along way people will always remember how you treat them it's a small world.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): I actually would keep my all the mistakes I made during this journey of building my brand. Some mistakes lead to success and I have no regrets.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur ?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): For my line of work as a fashion retailer you need to be personable because building relationships in retailing is everything. You must be organized and you must have skills in sales.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): When I first started getting the boutique off the ground I had several set backs due to raising money . With any setback you must learn to develop a plan and a push on to plan B. Don't take to long feeling bad about the setback or mistake trust in the process and know that GOD has something bigger in place.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How many hours do you work a day on average?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): As a small business owner running a Brick and mortar store is not easy nor are there breaks I work 7 days /50 hrs a week. I am a one man show with limited staff so I work round the clock.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): I will need to give you the edited version a retailers life is non stop. I open the boutique at 12 noon and set up the merchandise make sure the boutique assistant is set up to go. Some days I need to attend meetings to acquiring new designers into the shop . I also run a non profit called Black Accessory Designers Alliance a community for Black Accessory Designers to help elevate their profile and also have them featured in the boutique. So I have days where I need to leave the boutique to meet with my co owner and take in other meetings. When I am at the boutique I run sales transactions and come up with sales strategies to bring in more foot traffic. I Develop social media strategies for the boutique and that 's just by the afternoon. We close at 7pm but I do leave and attend other fashion events for networking purposes and building relationships for the boutique. Along with sending out invoices for pop up events , paying for wholesale deliveries and sending out pitch emails to press there is never enough time in a day.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): Being a small business owner does not allow you to do small things that 9-5'ers get to do . I miss out on a lot of baby showers, birthday parties , family gatherings and that is just a few. The big holidays like Christmas Eve are big sales days so I have to share that day with my store and family . I don't get to travel for leisure anymore or just hang out for happy hour. If you are not willing to give up your free time being an entrepreneur may not be the path for you.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): I generally love what I do and of course money is the number one motivator I really love my customers and how they respond to my products sold at the shop . I am supporting other black artists at my boutique by having their products sold here which then helps my community and helps a Black artist to get some shine. Most boutiques will not give black designers a chance and that keeps my motivation going .
Fashion Gxd Magazine: How do you generate new ideas?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): I am very lucky to have a great circle of creative friends who I can bounce ideas off of. I will come up with something and they will add to it or tell me if it doesn't sound like a good idea. But either way brainstorming with my circle generates most of the ideas.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): The ups and down of money have led me to making major cuts in my life to be able to fund my business. Giving up leisure things like in my home like cable tv, trips to the nail salon and dining out with friends.I have occasionally taken on all kinds of odd jobs to bring in revenue for the business just to keep my business afloat. My boutique is 100 % funded by me no loans or investors. The grind is not easy but I am never above making changes to help bring in revenue for my business.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Velvet Lattimore (CEO): In 10-20 years I would like to have a larger storefront with a full staff . A larger location that holds more people to host interactive events for Black Artist. And I would like other locations throughout the United States.
This week we sat down with an amazing brand and its CEO , Erika of Earth’s Ambrosia Hair Care . Earth’s Ambrosia Hair Care by and Erika provides is a company that creates All-Natural Hair products that promote hair growth and healthy hair maintenance. All ingredients come from the earth and we never add synthetic fillers. We believe the Earth Holds Everything we need to have a well-balanced Healthy Body. Take a look at our exclusive interview.Read More
This month we sat down with the phenomenal brand KCV Cosmetics and their CEO . The KayCee V Collection specializes in cosmetics with nourishing and healing properties. Each product is enriched with Vitamin E and infused with Organic Essential Oils. The Collection consists of Natural, Certified Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty Free cosmetics. All handmade by KcV (The Owner and Creator). Take a look at our exclusive interview with the rising brand.Read More
Lotus By Alesia is a brand that prides itself in high quality hair and skincare products crafted from high quality natural ingredients. We also customize products for customers who may be allergic to certain ingredients. Take a look at our exclusive interview below .Read More
This week we sat down with the Founder and CEO of Uplifting Little Divas Inc, Shakara Carter 27, of Boston Ma. In honor of Cancer survivor Cynthia Carter. Take a look at or exclusive interview with one of the strongest CEO we know .
"Uplifting Little Divas inc is what we like to consider an expanding family. we embrace and welcome young girls from the ages 10mon-16yrs old to participate in our various themed beauty pageants. We were founded to promote inner beauty, self respect and academic achievement. A portion of our proceeds are donated to Children’s Hospital Boston. This is to honor and bring awareness to sarcoma cancer. The smiles on our contestants faces reflect the smiles on the faces of these little fighters. Join us in the fight to Cure with a Crown."
This month we sat down with Atlanta native Darryl Holiday Jr. Darryl has written and performed poetry for over ten years. A natural-born storyteller, Darryl gives his reader’s an escape from their first-person perspective- where they can analyze their own comparative situations from another view. Embark on journeys of time that you once thought would not be possible. Embrace his stories, wear his words, hear his thoughts.Read More
This week we sat down with an amazing entrepreneur Ashanti Lanae . Ashanti is the CEO of B. Lash. B. Lash is a company founded in 2017 by Ashanti Lanae that specializes in handmade 3D mink eyelash strips for cosmetic use. It is an animal cruelty free company located primarily in the New York City area. Although B. Lash focuses on mink strips during the next several months will move on too accessories such as eyelash applicators, glue and eyelash brushes. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the blooming brand .Read More
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Stepping into the world of fashion can be intimidating; from the countless overpriced designer pieces to the fast paced trend shifts. Vanity Vine is geared to provide your everyday woman with exclusive fast fashion and must have pieces at a click of your finger tips. We believe that there are 3 types of women in this world; The Careless Woman (Non believer of fashion), The Seamless Women (The Followers) and The Fearless Women (The Fashion Moguls). Our ultimate goal is to be able to provide women with the confidence to not only approach the fashion world, but to SLAY the fashion world. Buckle up! After this experience, you too will be FEARLESS! Take a look at Fashion Gxd Magazine's Exclusive interview belowRead More
This week we sat down with an amazing SHEO . Zakia Warner , the owner of Hot Thang Candles. Zakia hand pours soy wax candles and melts (the melted wax can be used as a moisturizer!) The candles are amazing and smell so good! These are feel good products and we all deserve to feel good. Also, the CEO and innovator makes an all natural lip balm. A vast quantity of clientele have proclaimed the lip balm " is the best they’ve ever had" . A $1 from each product purchase is donated to charity. Check out our exclusive interview with the amazing brand below .Read More
This month we sat down with the amazing innovative company Queen Maven. Queen Maven is owned by Lynka Lee aka “LyLy”. Queen maven was born in 2017 as an online boutique specializing in designer inspired Sunshades, mink lash strips, & custom virgin wigs. They are a newer business but, they are expanding with quickness. Bright futures are ahead for Queen Maven, they will be expanding to apparel in the next 6 months. “ We ask that you keep an eye out for lots of fashionable pieces.” . Take a look at our exclusive interview .Read More
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This week we sat down for the exclusive interview with Georgia's growing business ..Pretty Baked & Kakes is a catering company near Atlanta, georgia. Pretty Baked & Kakes is specializing in cuisines from around the world, and mouth watering, deliciously beautiful desserts. Take a look at the sweet peaches sweetest new catering business .Read More
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