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

Hi Kia, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My journey into entrepreneurship was not intentional, it grew on me. It started in 2015 through my own desire of wanting a product like what I now create, a BowTie. Not just any BowTie, I wanted a something different and complimentary. I could not find what I wanted, so I created it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a creative, I specialize in handcrafting BowTies that are eclectic and diverse in style. These BowTies compliment anyone’s style and definitely set the tone in fashion, One thing that I am most proud of is the ability to mobilize the business and gain support from individuals all over, including some major influencers. Mobilizing the business by attending different events , in different cities and settings is what has helped me get to where I am today. Creating unique designs that are tailored with everyone in mind, is what sets me and my brand apart from others.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta is a city that has so much history and many great things to offer. A week with any visitor of mine would consist of touring the AUC, which is the home of some of the greatest HBCU’s, visiting the New Black Wallstreet Market, visiting Ponce City Market, hiking adventures, and enjoying ourselves at some of the many lounges within the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Entrepreneurship is a journey filled with many joys, opportunities, and challenges. Thankfully, it is not a journey that I’ve had to take alone. To my parents, who have been my boost since the birth of BowTie Shawty, I must recognize and express my gratitude for you. To my beautiful daughter Kynlei, thank you for your eagerness and readiness to help. You’ve operated both sides of the camera as the brand model and photographer. Your support is unmatched. Nilah, Tikiana, and Ajene, thank you for simply showing up without any hesitation. To my sister Rozz, who is also a faithful customer, thank you so much for every contribution you’ve made. To my aunt Janice, thank you for your knowledge and great teachings. Last and certainly not least, my customers, thank you all so much . Your support contributes to the growth of BowTie Shawty.

Website: Www.bowtieshawty.com

Instagram: @bowtie.shawty

Image Credits
Kevin Hayden Media

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