Today we’d like to introduce you to Okera Banks.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a native of Washington D.C., was raised in Charleston, S.C.
I earned a dual degree in Fashion Design, Merchandising and Marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to completing my education, I took an internship as an assistant fashion editor in New York with Mirabella Magazine, a leading fashion publication.
Upon completing my studies, I relocated to Los Angeles and quickly became part of the fashion stylist machine were I began my career as a stylist and costume designer for Hollywood and dressing some of Hollywood’s Elite and Costume Designing Television Shows.
My transition to fashion designer was natural and organic. I have worked with stars such as Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Craig Ferguson, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Wanda Sykes. My clothing line has been worn by Mel B., Zendaya, Angela Bassett, Christina Milian, Cee Lo Green and Celebrity Tattoo Artist Kat Von D and more.
Today I am the CEO of my company K.O. Banks Productions, the creative designer/President of my clothing line OTG Essentials, OTG is the acronym for “On The Go” a collection that caters to today’s swagged out, sophisticated entrepreneur and the Host/Executive Producer of my lifestyle podcast STYLE LOUNGE with Okera Banks found on YouTube, SoundCloud, Podcast Apple and Podcast.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Has it been a smooth road? I don’t believe anyone’s journey getting to their dreams is smooth. haha.
I believe the obstacles I encountered were lessons to give me experience and prepare me for the next level, to be able to maintain and grow. There were so many struggles that were necessary and appreciated. The obstacles keeps you fresh if you are willing to welcome the ride.
However, the toughest struggle that I had to learn to embrace fully was reinventing myself as an entrepreneur, host and lifestyle expert. I almost held on too long being one thing when it was preparing me for my next phase. And the phase has been beautiful.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about OTG Essentials – what should we know?
K. O. Banks Productions, which encompasses OTG Essentials, is my entertainment and design company. As the founder and CEO of K.O. Banks Productions, I produce lifestyle, entertainment, fashion, design for distribution across various industries through the “Style Lounge with Okera Banks” Podcast and OTG Essentials. It encompasses a movement of a lifestyle and good living leading with my mantra “Stay Ready Be Ready In On The Go Style”.
My brand is known for Comfortable, Sexy and On The Go Style with my classic essentials from my clothing line as well as my personal lifestyle movement in my day to day living.
Style is all about what makes one feel comfortable, confident and sexy; whether on a set, walking the red carpet, or simply on the go. The key lies in building trust with my clients and customers, creating a style and designing an image that enhances one’s overall persona. This philosophy inspired OTG Essentials a clothing line geared towards all walks of life who desire chic, light, comfortable, sexy essential pieces of clothing to be worn as a uniformed lifestyle.
OTG Essentials is a cohesive collection of interchangeable pieces for men and women that can be worn a multiple of ways throughout the day and into the evening’s most festive occasions. OTG Essentials is the perfect must have for people on the go who turn heads and are noticed for their fashion savvy.
“STYLE LOUNGE with OKERA BANKS” Podcast bridges the conversation in an episodic format where I discuss fashion and trends and how both have a tangible impact on family, life, community, career, politics, social and pop culture.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality and characteristics that have been important to my success is hard work, staying consistent, being persistent, remaining focused, constantly evolving, always learning, my passion still drives me and fulfilling my purpose.
- Swagg Jag – $125.00
- Swagg Girl Pant – $125.00
- Fly Girl Jumper – $95.00
- Website: www.otgessentials.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @okerabanks
- Facebook: Okera Banks
- Twitter: @okerabanks
- Other: www.okerabanks.com
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