So...its February...Black History Month. So naturally I want to go out of my way to support a Black Owned company and highlight them as best as I can. I want to introduce you to Global Couture, an apparel and accessories company owned by a Naturalista. Do you want bold, chic natural hair inspired T-shirts, hair accessories, bow ties, earrings, necklaces, totes, iphone cases, and curly girl mugs? Then head over to http://www.globalcouture.net To get a 10% off discount, use code GlamLife at checkout (valid now until Feb 21st). Lets Support A Sista!!
Meet The Owner!
|Patricia, Owner of Global Couture|
My name is Patricia and I am the Owner and Designer of Global Couture (http://globalcouture.net). I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently reside in St. Louis, MO. During the day, I am a tenured college counselor and full time doctoral candidate completing my dissertation. I decided to begin Global Couture 2 years ago, when I noticed I couldn't find any accessories or natural hair apparel (mainly T shirts) I wanted to wear, that reflected my new consciousness.
Where did your inspiration for custom fashion come from?
Much of my inspiration for Global Couture (http://globalcouture.net) comes from the various natural hair communities (via blogs, natural hair meet-ups, and YouTube) which I so joyously joined over two years ago. Global Couture is an expression of my love for travel, self-exploration, cultural expression, and creativity. Global Couture designs hair accessories, jewelry, & apparel for the bold, chic, and culturally curious. Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair and its reflection of our history. “Loving your hair represents loving yourself.” Love your curls, if they are wavy, curly, kinky or coily. I also want my work to create a dialogue around unchecked societal norms.
Curly Ashley T-Shirt (painted by Ash The Painter)
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
My vision for Global Couture is to encourage others to embrace the natural beauty in all of us from the inside-out. For me, hair is the beginning of the conversation of self-acceptance.
It took a long time to launch my idea because I was afraid of the unknown. I still struggle with wondering if it’s good enough or the occasional fear of failure, but the support I get from customers has helped tremendously. For sure, connecting with customers and Global Couture blogspot readers is the most rewarding.
When did you discover you were passionate about your craft?
I would say going BACK to natural has changed my life. Going back to my roots during this natural hair journey has been truly self-affirming. Through this journey, I fell in love with the freedom, self-expression, and renewed confidence fostered by a simple ‘hairdo’ change. I found quickly it was more than a hair style change, it became a lifestyle change. I began to take more risks outside of the expected and mainstream forms in beauty, hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. I believe this ‘mini’ transformation paired with my travels through South American, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean has added to my appreciation for various forms of beauty, personal expression and culture expression. Global Couture is an expression of my renewed cultural appreciation.
|Naturally Revolutionary Tee-Shirt (available in all colors)|
Where is some where you have always wanted to visit?Where is the most exciting place you have been?
Traveling is my passion. I add stamps in my passport every chance I get! I came up with the name Global Couture and logo because I want my brand to reflect fresh, diverse, eclectic beauty and styles; I appreciate from around the world. I have a huge list of places I want to travel but if I had to choose two places (since I can’t just choose 1) that I really want to visit they would be Africa and Bora Bora. I want to travel to Africa for the cultural mecca and Bora Bora for the beach (lol). I am really a beach babe at heart.
The most exciting place I have traveled would probably be China. Asia is so different from any other continent, so it was interesting to see their historical landmarks and experience their economic social structure.
|Global Couture Curly Girl T-Shirt dressed with a black blazer!|
What’s your vision for Global Couture?
My vision for Global Couture is to encourage others to embrace the natural beauty in all of us from the inside-out. I want to continue to grow my business and expand partnerships with local and international charities.
What artist most influences you and why?
I don't think I could name just one artist. I would say I am influenced by many artists, designers, and cultural scholars. I grew up with original work from Arnie Barnes and Paul Collins in my family home so I was definitely influenced by their celebration of Black culture. My personal style has been influenced from urban street style, Afro Pop, and modern design.
|This Necklace & Bow Tie combo is to die for!|
What projects do you have coming up? What should we look out for?
I currently sell T-shirts, hair accessories, bow ties, earrings, necklaces, totes, iPhone cases, and curly girl mugs. I have over 200 additional concepts in the works for my T shirt apparel and accessory line.
Where can we find Global Couture ?
Global Couture is sold exclusively online at http://www.globalcouture.net
Follow the blog: http://globalcouture.blogspot.com
I can be reached by email: email@example.com
Any social networks?
Like Global Couture on Facebook, Twitter:@globalcouture1, and Follow on Instagram:@globalcouture, Pinterest:globalcouture1
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