Today we’d like to introduce you to Ebonie Gholar.
Ebonie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a small-town girl from Prentiss, Mississippi with big dreams of high fashion. Juggling job to job, I decided to step out on faith and start my own business. Though it wasn’t easy, I continued to keep my head in the game.
Even as a child, I always visioned owning a clothing store, on career days at school, I would always dress up as a model dripped in the latest fashion trends. So, I’ve had an eye for fashion my entire life.
On one day with deep thought and intimate talks with God, I decided to take my talents to Los Angeles and expand my resources for my clothing boutique. My move to LA was so last minute and random, but it was the best decision I could have ever made. Any major change is always scary, but one thing I’ve learned is that you have to fight through your fears.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a boutique owner is not always peaches and cream, you have slow seasons and sometimes you’ll put more money out than you’re receiving in, but that’s with any kind of business so don’t let that discourage you. My advice to young women is to remain FOCUSED, I have to constantly tell myself that. In life, it’s so easy to be discouraged by so many things, and a lot of times things ultimately happen at some of our worst times. Don’t give up, it’s all a part of your journey, stay down until you come up.
What should we know about Ebonie and Ivorie Boutique? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Ebonie and Ivorie is a clothing boutique, I originally started it off as a plus-size boutique but now I’ve switched gears and now offer plus size and junior size clothing. As a brand I’m most proud of my hard work and dedication, I’ve always been a very impatient person. I have been in business for almost two years and my business has truly taught me the meaning of dedication. My bold and beautiful plus size pieces is what I believe sets me apart from others. I love to make statements and I love to stand out. So, when I’m shopping around looking for inventory, I like to find things that will make a statement or things that people won’t find anywhere else.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Yes, it definitely started within my childhood. When I was younger, I was a tomboy, I have a few brothers so I grew up around plenty of boys. I also have a brother that’s only three years older than me, so he and I were always together. We always played video games, race cars, basketball, etc. A lot of times, I even wanted to dress like him, I wanted all the new sneakers, I wanted starter jackets and everything else he would wear. But my mom, she wasn’t having it, she would make me wear trench coats, skirts with stockings, beret hats. She kept me dressed up, and I use to hate it!! But as I got older and started to understand fashion, I fell in love with clothes and my mom was happy about. We would go to the mall on weekends and shop all day long. Even while in high school, I had to wear school uniforms and I would still dress my uniforms up with a blazer, or a major statement purse or just anything to accessorize my uniform.
- Website: www.ebonieandivorie.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @ebonieandivorie_
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