We had the good fortune of connecting with Kennedy S and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kennedy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Since a young age, I’ve been a lover of fashion. I come from a family that loves fashion and expressing themselves through clothes just as much as I do. My grandmother was a well-to-do seamstress in Detroit, MI during the 80s. This is where I picked up an interest in learning to make clothes. In high school, I joined a fashion club where I learned how to sew. Ending each school year we had an annual fashion show, which was everything! After our fashion program was cut, I lost interest in making clothes and fell into my first love, which is merchandising. Boutiques are really popular in Detroit and during high school, working at a boutique was an “it job”. I grew a great relationship with the owner and employees of a popular boutique and learned a lot of helpful information. Surprisingly I’ve only worked less than a year in retail and realized that I wanted to be my own boss. Fast forward, I now have my own boutique which I am actively growing!
What should our readers know about your business?
I started my boutique Luxxury Tax, in early 2019. Initially starting off I didn’t receive the support that I expected, which was very discouraging. I lost focus of my business due to being a full-time student and working a full-time job. After a life-changing event occurred, I tapped back into my purpose. From that point on, I’ve been back on track with Luxxury Tax. I began doing pop-up shops and market days at Spelman and Clark Atlanta. Being interactive with customers at the pop-up shop gave me the feeling of having my own store and motivated me to want a physical store. With being a business owner consistency has been my biggest hurdle. It’s important to keep pushing on your slow days, as you do on your busy days. Knowing and accepting the challenges of entrepreneurship will allow the process to go by smoother. Trust the process & remember why you started!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I have free time some of my favorite things to do are try new restaurants, juice bars, outdoor activities, and home decor shops. I love trying new places. recently’ I’ve eaten at Osha which is a somewhat new sushi spot, they have really cute drinks, great food, and has an esthetically pleasing atmosphere. As it goes for activities I’ve recently joined a yoga class called Burn! such great vibes and so much fun expanding my workouts. hanging out, I love a lounge vibe! Any lounge with good food and drinks is my go-to! I frequent a lot of inner-city establishments or places I’ve seen on tik tok. My goal is to support a black-owned business as often as I can, , especially being a black business owner myslef.
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?
In this current era, women have been a leading force in entrepreneurship! Through decades of fighting for equal rights and creating a voice for ourselves, I would love to dedicate my shoutout to women as a whole! I believe that it’s important to encourage other women whether we’re friends, strangers, or in the same field. Women rule the world, the sooner we tap into our power and know our worth and ability the stronger we’ll be!
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