Tell us your bold boss story!:
I am an Artist and Designer. I create ethical fashion and jewelry for ENAMOUR Design House. A brand I created 8 years ago after showing my first capsule collection at Boston Fashion Week. After high school I attended Art school and received a BFA, but later, while teaching Art to middle school children, I attained my Fashion Design Certificate. For 2 years, I traveled almost 2 hours after work 3 nights a week to attend classes. During those two years I didn't mind the travel because those classes, both academic and studio were so inspiring. They solidified the inkling that I always had that fashion (and later wearable art) was my passion and calling. When I design its a time I feel the most confident.
My now husband- then boyfriend was the inspiration behind me starting ENAMOUR Design House. He saw my runway creations and things I was making outside of my teaching job- he even saw I had created a Wearable Art after school program for the students to learn textile manipulation, and he asked why I wasn't devoting 100 percent of my time to what I was passionate about. It was true, I figured I couldn't tell my students to move forward with what inspired them and I wasn't doing the same. About a year after I left my teaching job, I showed my first capsule collection at Boston Fashion Week.
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
When I first began designing I had broad expectations but no detailed idea of what would happen with my designs. I wasn't sure how they would be received and if they would be purchased, so there are so many things I'm proud of and more importantly grateful for in the form of experiences. I'm proud of the consistency in which I've kept up with my blog and how it has allowed opportunities to come my way in the form of affiliate marketing and collaborations. I'm proud of my earrings being worn and sold all over the world. I'm proud of my clothing being sold in boutiques nationally and my earring designs being worn on celebrities and seen on national TV and in publications because of the great relationships I've had with stylists over the years. But I think most of all I'm proud of being able to have my family moments without missing out on a creative career that brings me fulfillment. The balance of both has made me happiest, and in such a busy work filled world that, to me, is a huge achievement.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?:
There are so many things I've learned on this journey. But one of the most important is that your journey is YOUR journey. Definitely learn from others - I actually listen to the podcast "How I Made This" on a regular basis. It's one of my favorites because it illustrates my advice so perfectly. Everyone interviewed gets to their point of success at their own pace and in their own time, all of them are seen as success no matter how long or short the journey to get there was. Don't' rush through great moments on your journey because you are trying to achieve someone else's version of success.