We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen DeCharisse Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carmen DeCharisse, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book helped me to realize my personal legends. I was really inspired because when you really want something in life, the universe is here to help you and whatever your soul desires. It’s all about transforming the power of your dreams into reality.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being the founder & creative director of DECARMENAFRIK is my pride and joy. I literally seen my business blossom from selling “African waistbeads” into a international fashion brand. My biggest challenge was rebranding. I didn’t necessarily know which direction I wanted to take. Fashion has always been a passion and therapy for me. I didn’t want to do “ready to wear” I wanted my brand to be limited and exclusive. DeCarmenafrik was built as a tool to connect the diaspora and the continent Africa through fashion.

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?
Okay, we would go shopping first lol. My best friend already know that Zara’s is a must. Then we would probably go eat at my favorite Nigerian restaurant Buka 2. Then later that night we would go raving or chill at a lounge to have drinks and smoke shisha. Pasha Atl is really a cool and dope spot to go. It’s a diverse crowd and for the grown and sexy.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would say my mother deserves a huge shoutout. She has always been a listening ear and still is. Also, my best friend Earniece. She always reminds me how I’m the “It Factor” and how she’s so proud of me stepping out on faith & courage.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/decarmenafrik/?hl=en

Other: Personal Instagram @carmendecharisse

Image Credits
Junior @nomadcoder (IG)

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