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Community Highlights: Meet Briana Parnell of B’s Unique Boutique

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana Parnell.

Hi Briana, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up, my mom always had to alter my clothes in order for them to fit me correctly. I’ve always been a really petite and my mom knew how to sew. However, it has always been a joke among our family that my mom takes a really long time to alter the clothes. My dad even jokes, “You’ll never see those clothes again.” That’s where it all started – I wanted to learn how to sew so that I could alter clothes to fit me. On Christmas 2018, my mom gifted me my first sewing machine. My dad being the jokester of the family said “ She’s going to give it back to you, she won’t use it.” Even though the joke wasn’t true. There is irony behind my dad’s statement, I did end up giving the sewing machine back to my mom- so that she could sew all bonnet & durag orders for me while I focused on the clothes. And with my mom’s assistance, we purchased a higher quality sewing machine for me. And that’s the birth of B’s Unique Boutique.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If anyone was to ever tell me that entrepreneurship is a smooth road, I would know they’re lying. This journey has included numerous obstacles to overcome. A predominant struggle is ensuring all orders are shipped in a timely manner. Because all clothing items, bonnet, and durags are made to order, it can take a good amount of time to finish an order. When sewing and creating a clothing item, attention to detail is vital. You need to ensure each stitch is perfect and straight. There’s an immense amount of work and thought process put behind each item. And it’s mainly me who’s doing everything, the marketing, customer service, sewing, packaging orders, etc. That’s why I am so grateful for all the help I get, whether it’s from my mom or my friends.

As you know, we’re big fans of B’s Unique Boutique. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
B’s Unique Boutique is a clothing company that focuses on providing unique, sexy, and girly fashion. These are clothing items you won’t be able to find at your large fast-fashion retailer. That’s what I believe sets the company apart from the competitors. When people wear B’s Unique Boutique, I want people to know instantly that it’s from us- just based on how unique and stylish the item is. As of right now, we offer commission services, such as alterations and custom outfits. Commission services are only open periodically, so it is imperative to check our social media to know when they’re open. We continuously have fashionable + cute clothes for sale that cater towards each season, the perfect outfit for each event.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
There are two components that make designing and making clothes so exciting. The first is the freedom to allow your creativity to flow and create something entirely new that you envision in your head. The second is that there is always something new to learn when it comes to sewing. With that being said, I love any opportunity to work with another designer. I love bouncing ideas off each other because that’s how you come up with great ideas. Additionally, working with another fashion designer gives you the opportunity to learn other tricks and techniques for sewing that.

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