We had the good fortune of connecting with Akirra Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Akirra, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance have definitely changed over time. I decided to go part-time at my job to focus more on my business. It’s working out so far for me, thank God. Cause I was nervous lol. But I’ve learned so many new skills since putting more time towards sewing.

I think balancing your regular work life and a small business can be a little challenging at times when first starting out. But you’ll eventually find your flow.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a fashion designer who custom makes different clothing! I’ve hand sewn dresses, jackets, hats, shirts, and other apparel. I’m a self taught designer, so I learned a lot of things from YouTube for sure. The learning process wasn’t easy but practice makes perfect. So the more I sew, the easier it becomes.

Some lessons I’ve learned along the way so far is to be patient with yourself and trust the process. Everything takes time and allow yourself to make mistakes.

I want people to know I started this brand to make women (and men) feel good about treating themselves to luxury. I believe in always rewarding yourself for all that you do.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s still a lot of places I haven’t been in Atlanta lol but I can base it off the places I’ve enjoyed.

I know the two brunch spots would definitely be Breakfast at Barneys and Milk and Honey. We would also eat at Agave in Atlanta and I love Slutty Vegan so them for sure lol.

As far as hanging out and exciting places, we would visit the Aquarium, the Belt line, 5points, High Museum, Botanical Garden, and maybe a few more.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a little recognition to Trevor Lawson, a fellow designer from my hometown. He was the first person to teach me how to thread the sewing machine and sew a straight line! I’ll never forget the lessons we had.

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