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Life & Work with Né Ameriise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Né Ameriise.

Hi JNé Ameriise, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Honestly being a fashion designer was NOT in my career plans at all when growing up. I mean, yes I loved to create, like literally almost anything and everything from diy projects, painting and sewing to cooking and baking but I had my mindset on working in the medical field as an anesthesiologist. SHOCKING, right… but the older I got and the more I experienced LIFE, I realized that I could still contribute to the health field in other aspects and still do what I wanted which was work for myself by creating my one of a kind luxury fashion brand — Ne’ Ameriise // Designs by Ne’ Ameriise — AND healing our community in more natural holistic way (more details coming soon). I got where I am today by living for me and not what the next person wanted for me, rather it was family, friends, a mentor or a manager at a job… I stayed true to my vision and my story is still being written; and I encourage whomever who happens to be reading this to do the same. <3 To keep up with my on-going journey, please follow me at… IG: @designsbyneameriise // @ne.ameriise_ FB: Designs by Ne’ Ameriise // Jhane’ Ameriise.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As much as we plan and hope for a smooth journey, it is never that simple. Initially, I went to University of Missouri- St. Louis where I began studying Biology, Pre-med… or at least that was the plan. By my second year, I realized that the schedule I was being given by my academic advisor wasn’t geared towards the major I declared from jump because I wasn’t a “foreign exchange student”… crazy right? From there, I explored other options and remembered how much I loved to sew from the electives I took in high school which encouraged me to switch majors, states and schools. In August 2015, I moved to Houston, TX, began to study Fashion Merchandising at Houston Community College and registered my business. I was excited more than ever for this huge life change. In May 2017, I graduated with an Associate’s in Applied Science for Fashion Merchandising and moved into my very first apartment the very same weekend. So excited to live on my own – I didn’t realize how challenging adulthood could be. From June 2017 to May 2020, I worked for various companies as a Visual Merchandiser and Manager. Underpaid and tired, I realized that I was literally just working to survive, help the next company grow and pay bills. Which forced my dream, my business, my goals to be put on hold. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still created, participated in fashion shows and networked but these “jobs” always came first which led me to feel stuck and depressed for three years. On May 8, 2020… in the middle of a pandemic, I quit my Essential job to work solely for myself and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life thus far!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Fashion Designer — Ne’ Ameriise, owner of Designs by Ne’ Ameriise. We create limited collections of luxury fashion designs and custom clothing for the middle to upper class demographics. We are most proud of the growth and knowledge that comes with having a black-owned business that not only does for itself but others around us. What sets us apart is that we don’t only create for our brand but we also support others by bringing their designs and ideas to life rather it be for a special occasion or their own brand/boutique.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me means putting forth your BEST effort every single day for a successful end result. Success does not just happen overnight, it’s the favorable outcome of hard work which happens over the course of time. Trial & error. Unlearning & relearning.

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Image Credits:
Armani Sharpe Hope Odoban Johnathan Morris Né Ameriise

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