19 year old T’yanna Wallace is making some big moves in the fashion world with the launch of Notoriouss Clothing. She’s reviving her late father’s, Brooklyn Mint, clothing line which hasn’t been a talking piece since the rapper’s death in 1997. T’yanna is currently a freshman at Penn State University with the hopes of focusing on fashion. Kudos to her!
I keep trying to tell everyone that my cousin has the best boutique(s) in Philly! He is known as the “jean guru” and I love every purchase that I have made. He’s been featured many times for being the “Best in Philly” and here is the latest article from Philly.com. Check out the article below by Michael Hinkelman and if you are in the Philly area, be sure to stop and shop at “Charlie’s Jeans”:
SEBASTIAN McCALL, 39, of Northern Liberties, owns Charlie’s Jeans, on Market Street near 2nd in Old City. He also has a smaller store on Chestnut Street near 17th in Center City. In May 2010, McCall launched his own designer denim brand, which retails for $165 and up, and comes in a variety of cuts, sizes and colors.
Q: Tell me about your shop and your own denim brand.
A: We opened in Northern Liberties 15 years ago and moved to Old City. Denim is the best place to be, because you interact more with the customer. It’s a different challenge to make jeans fit properly. I wanted my own jean. I didn’t know where to begin, but I really knew the fit. One of my vendors allowed us to do a fit, and after that I got the bug.
Q: Tell me about that.A: We went to California, set up shop there and started manufacturing our own jeans.Q: Why California?
A: Every brand we carry is made there. If your seamstress is sick, you can find another. Our denim manufacturer is in North Carolina. We brought them in, sampled 100 fabrics, model after model. I wanted jeans that would satisfy all our customers.
Q: Who are your customers?
A: They’re probably 80 percent women, ages 22 to 55. They’re professionals, judges, lawyers, doctors, people in the pharmaceutical industry. Our customer comes from all over – New York, California, D.C. and Boston
Q: Why is your brand special?
A: We go from size 00 to 18. I wanted a brand that women could easily fit into. So if she says, “I want to feel sexy, slim, I want my jeans to fit perfectly and I want made-in-the-USA quality,” we have that.
Q: I hear you’re called the Jeans Whisperer.
A: I guess it comes with making shopping easy. I grew up in a hair salon and my mother always said, “It’s not how she looks when she walks in the door, watch the smile on her face as she leaves.”
Q: So how many pairs of your brand have you sold?
A: We’ve sold 16,000 pairs of Sebastian McCall jeans, and that doesn’t include 2013. That’s over $2 million in sales since I launched. About 75 percent of my jean sales are my own brand.
I have several friends and acquaintances whom are looking to start their own business. They want to supply everything from clothing to jewelry and even offer services such as hair, make-up, etc. I, myself, have never been too big on starting a business, but I’ve always wondered how someone might embark on such a journey. I came across a hilarious YouTube channel, NeeziieBabiie143 (http://www.youtube.com/user/NeeziieBabiie143), and for some reason could not stop watching this tiny little thing talk about how to get a bigger butt or what’s wrong with some men (haha). It was entertaining to say the least! At any rate, I did some digging and found out that her name is Parneet Kaur and she has her own jewelry line, Pure Karats, (I already brought some fab earrings).
She also has her very own threading salon in Sacramento, CA, Threaded Beauty, where she turns her clients from meek to chic. Just knowing this, I knew she’d be a great person to gather some start-up business information from and to also share what she’s experienced on her journey thus far. She’s worked with top selling music groups and artists such as Bruno Mars; Parneet must be doing something right! I’m trying to stress the fact that all it takes is a dream in mind and the drive to make it happen! Check out what tips she has to offer those of you looking to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit (see the bottom of this article for information about her company and jewelry line):
Where are you originally from?
I am from Sacramento, California. Trying to put us on the map! So much talent out here, but for some reason we as a city don’t support each other like we should!! Trying to change that!! : )
22 years YOUNG!!
Honestly, I love looking Glam and Fab, jewelry was a perfect way to offer that to all the women out there that want to feel the same way. I want women to feel comfortable in their own skin and accessories can do just that. With make-up we cover up imperfections, but jewelry only adds to US!!…Jewelry is just a way to build my brand PARNEET KAUR INC. I have a corporation and everything falls under that. Working on “Pure Kosmetics” and soon a clothing line “Pure Klothing” (S/o to Ms. Nessa creator of Rich Girlz jewelry that is killin the game with all her stuff on VH1 and MTV, my biggest mentor/inspiration).
I am gaining so much attention and just confidence to move onto other projects that will give men and women other options to look glam and fab in their own skin and allow them to step out of their comfort zones. My Pure Karats jewelry has been styled on “The Charlies” who are with ten #1 singles, three chart-topping albums, a best-selling book, a hit reality TV show in Iceland, and having worked with producers such as Bruno Mars, Cee-lo, and much more, Sacramento Fashion week, on our local news station KCRA 3, and in a bunch of local clothing brand photo shoots. I would say PURE KARATS is starting off on the right track. I started this business at the end of December 2011. Pretty new.
The traffic is more than I expected honestly. I was trying to stay on a local level just to gain experience, but I am getting traffic/attention from around the US which is amazing. I currently only have my jewelry online, but I do own a threading salon , Threaded Beauty, as well in Sacramento, CA that I want to expand to different areas. I will have more products in the near future. (Make-up, Skin Care, and Clothing). You can find all this in on my website www.ThreadedBeauty.com
Struggles that I have faced are HATERS!!! “Who does she think she is” “She hella ugly” “B!tch” blah blah blah. Every business has it’s start-up struggles. It’s not easy, but that’s nothing hard work can’t fix, but what could get to someone the most is the haters. I say f*ck the haters because at the end of the day haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves cause you’re a reflection of what they wish to be. Straight up. All you can do to succeed is stay true to yourself and stick to what you want. : )
One key piece of advice that I can offer is that if you really want success you have to wake-up and go to sleep with that “WANT” everyday until you achieve it and even then you should still strive for more. You can’t want to have a successful business one day and not the next. THINK like you’re always broke and want success, BAD!! Trust me you’ll get it : )
My ultimate life goal is to be remembered for the things that I have done for others. I want to leave a mark in peoples life. Whether it was making someone feel good when they put my jewelry on or giving them a good laugh with my YOUTUBE videos. I just want to be remembered and live a fulfilling life because we do only live once and I want to take all the opportunities I have in life to make something of myself. I am currently writing a book as well titled, “The Men that Made me.” This is being written to share my experience with men and to give women an outlet to understand that they’re not alone in a lot of the stuff they go through in relationships.
I think my God-given purpose in life is to give to others in any form that is helpful. I’ve always been that person that has looked out for others and am very giving, so being able to share and give people things that can make them happy and maybe even guide them in positive directions is very fulfilling to me.
Me and my best friend don’t ever sing songs all the way we just sing the damn add libs.. Ex: Trey Songz… all his oooooooos and aaaaaaah lmao just imagine us walking into a store and all you hear is funny ass noises. Yeh that’s us!! lmao I freakin laugh at everything… lol
No matter what your talent/trade, ANYTHING is possible! Adopt the mentality that you can do whatever you put your mind to and the rest will fall into place. It’s only a matter of time before you break into your industry of choice and show the world what you have to offer! Thanks for visiting my Dreamworld!
To check out/purchase some of Parneet’s jewelry, click below:
No matter what path anyone takes in life, it’s so important to give back. Give back to family, to friends, to strangers…to your community! That feeling of making someone happy can’t be replaced with anything else and sometimes it only takes a small gesture to make someone’s world a little better. With that said, it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to volunteer for the Uplifting Sisters “Prom Dreams” event!
I’ve always worked with youth of all ages while living in Philadelphia, so this was right up my alley and something I knew would make a big difference in the lives of young ladies! I’m open to helping any and everyone, but there’s something about helping young girls that has always been close to my heart and for that I commend Sheena Brown, founder of Uplifting Sisters, because there aren’t enough professional women GIVING BACK to our country’s future. Attendees were able to shop for dresses, jewelry, shoes, shawls and handbags at NO CHARGE! Everything was free to them and their families and it was all with a goal of doing something great!
No matter how tired any of us were, seeing the look on their faces was something that even I can’t describe! If you aren’t seeking to help others, you need to start because it will truly be inspiring for not only them, but for you as well. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Built on a positive foundation and a goal to merge cultures together through the expression of art and design, Cultures Clothing can very well be a fashion industry change that we need. Founded by Alloyius McIlwaine, Cultures Clothing began with a dream and enough ambition to start a movement. He’s taking his talent to the next level and beginning the process of mass production. However, in order to successfully catapult his company to the next stage, WE need to step up and help! Want to know more about Cultures Clothing and their current campaign to get kickstarted? Well, here you go:
What is Cultures Clothing?
Cultures Clothing is a line that uses art and fashion to show that all cultures have something beautiful or interesting about them. The line is representative of high fashion, urban wear, and everything in-between for Men, Women, and Children. Cultures Clothing also features aspects of society’s sub-cultures in its products…because your environment has just as much to do with who you are as your ethnicity. So for example, along with influences from different ethnic cultures, you’ll see influences from everything from fine art & high fashion to hip-hop in the clothing as well. The line also promotes positive and up-lifting messages…encouraging people to think outside the box and to reach for their dreams.
What is the Cultures Clothing Kickstarter Campaign?
The goal of my KICKSTARTER campaign is to raise funds for the Mass Production of Cultures Clothing. According to GSEA Fashion Group (a manufacturing company in NYC that I will be working with), Cultures Clothing will need approximately $5,000 for sample & pattern development, tech pack development, screen printing, pattern grading, tags and labels, shipping, etc. We hope to raise this money so that we can produce large quantities of t-shirts, dresses, polos, etc. to sell on our website & in stores/boutiques.
Whatever you can afford, please help to support this initiative. No amount is too small, just like no dream is too big. Click here to donate to the Cultures Clothing Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200018760/the-mass-production-of-cultures-clothing
Take a sneak peak at some hot new looks from Cultures Clothing!
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