We had the good fortune of connecting with Gigi Panier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gigi, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
The habits/habit that helps me succeed in life , business, anything in general, I’d have to say would be my determination to do something with my time here as well as prove people wrong. A lot of people who are close to you, are CLOSE MINDED! They don’t understand your goals, your ambitions, the reason you believe in doing the things you do. I like to prove that I think the way that I do and I do what I do whether you believe in it or not. I’m determined to show you my why.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I selected other because I am a woman of many talents. I am a creative , a student , entrepreneur, consultant , and more. Once I set my mind to learning or doing something, I can obtain it. At the moment my main art is my brands, Kasual Krookz a streetwear brand which most may know from our last article and my new brand NKD Flaws (naked flaws) my upcoming swim line. I believe what sets me apart is my own purpose in life, my own mindset, and what I choose to do with my time here. I wanted a brand where most females aren’t in the industry or simply scared to dress in baggy clothing. A brand that is unisex and is able to attract both genders/audience. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far especially working alone. I am my own PR, Mailer , promotion person, customer service rep and so much more. None of this was easy or is easy. We’re all still learning, I know I am. Along the way I’ve learned to just pick up wherever you left off. It’s better to have failed than to not have tried. I would like the world to know , if May not be tomorrow or the next day, but these brands will be a success. It’s just something you feel!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we’d definitely take pictures, I’m a micro-influencer and all my friends know, one thing we’re going to do is take some great pictures. Whether it’s in Brooklyn , or downtown Manhattan. Kaws Museum if it’s still around is a great place for pictures and a bit of history,
To eat – Lagos in Brooklyn , Kokomos , Empanada mama in Queens, if you’re feeling fancy Del Frisco’s on the city.
Hangouts – A few hookah lounges definitely on Astoria!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate a shoutout to those who support me and have watched me every step of the way. Though it’s a small group of people, it’s all I need. My very close friends, best friend Roberta Harris who has supported me no matter what I decide to do, along with My close friends Roella, The twins ( Alexis and Dria) , Courtney, Shaveen and a few others. My boyfriend Jay R who actually had a part of naming this brand when it was to first begin back in 2015. My favorite cousins Alexa, Molly, Kevin, Angelo, Stephanie and her fiancé. Have all shown me the meaning of having support you don’t have to ask for. People who just do because they believe in what you’re doing and your mindset.