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Meet Nicole Shante

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Shante.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Fashion has always been such a huge part of my life I feel like I started as a child, But I started my brand in 2013 shortly after my father passed, I found a video of my 9-year-old self-doing an interview with BlockBuster the person doing the interview asked what I wanted to be when I got older and I answered Fashion Designer, when I saw that my heart filled with so many emotions. I had already gone to design school because again, I’ve always known fashion was my calling so I started planning and Ended up moving to New York because every designer, I loved Donna Karen, Marc Jacobs all lived and created in New York.

Little did I know New York really is the concrete jungle OMG it was not the Sex and the City episode I though it would be, But I learned so much about myself I defiantly realized how determined I was for women to connect with my clothes and the brand, the thing is not one part of being an entrepreneur is easy, so I had to really perfect my craft learn every area of the business, and I had to fail so many times before I knew what I wanted for my life and for the Nicole Shante brand for me the 2 were hand in hand.

See I think every single thing about living your best life which to me is happiness, career, love, and relationships all take a lot of work. and once I realized that I’m not the only person working hard, but still getting knocked down the hustle became a little easier, fast forward to where I am now I focus on living my purpose doing what I truly love and God has blessed me with amazing opportunities to grow my brand the way I choose to.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Things don’t always work out the way you plan or think they should, it was a struggle for me to get back up with confidence and keep going, I struggled with being too hard on myself for too long.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Nicole Shante story. Tell us more about the business.
Nicole Shante is women’s ready-to-wear brand based in Los Angeles. We design, create and produce women’s clothing, accessories, and leather goods. I’m known for my suits, I add suits to every collection. Every boss needs a good suit

I’m proud to make women feel confident during some of their most memorable life moments. women email me all the time, because they wore 1 of my pieces to the promotional ceremony, or graduation, speaking at a seminar. I’m also really proud to help bring diversity to the industry.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God’s grace. Oprah said “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation” I believe that is true.

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