We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristiana Remee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristiana, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The process behind of starting my business was because I couldn’t never find my size in anything. So I started to create 1 of 1 (1 self made product) getting inspiration from Vogue Runway, Tumblr, & the Underground Scene in Atlanta putting it into 1 piece. After creating my pieces alot of people ask me where i got them. When i told people that i made it myself, they were willing to pay me to make them these pieces . I did a test run of 40 hats & sold out within a 12 hours. That when I knew I needed to start my own business.
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.
About 2 years i was working as a assistant manager at a retail store and working at a nightclub in Charlotte, NC. I had the opportunity to come out to LA to assist style with my brother but since I was always working I never had that free time to do anything. So long story short I had a back to back day off. I booked my plane ticket to go to LA & the day before they told me it was mandatory work. So I told them I had to work in LA they weren’t letting up . So the next day , i was going back & forth just say forget everything and take this chance or to just wait on it. So i decided to just go out to LA. I looked at it as a sign and one time opportunity. I don’t regret it at all. That was one of the best decisions I’ve made. After doing being out there and coming back to Atlanta, Its wasn’t easy because nobody knew who i was and I didn’t have much content/experience under my belt. So i worked under people , went to alot of networking events, & branding myself by dressing up every single day putting out content on my Instagram feed. Then on top of that having COVID-19 hit making it even harder but at the same time easy because everybody was on social media the whole time after getting discover by my mentor she gave me a chance to prove myself by assisting her with shoots , booking & creative directing . The lesson I learn was to be patient and everything will fall into place. No matter out of all the things that are thrown at you is to make you into a stronger and wiser person then you were before. I want everybody to know don’t listen to everybody opinion there always going to be people in your ear telling you that you cant make it but it them seeing that you growing into a person that they want to become. WAKE UP EARLY & STAY UP LATE!!
BE ORGANIZED !!!
GET THE TASK DONE
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To eat we would go to Iron age, basically all you can eat Korean BBQ *Chef Kisses ,to hang out we could go to Little five point hangout shop, stop bye my favorite store currently : N0 Signal , Hype 24/7, Goodtimes Atl, Veruez, & Full Circle maybe slide to Fourth Ward Skatepark walk the little long trail look at the graffiti / art along the way .For entertainment there a new mini golf place called puttshack grab drinks & at the end of the night we can go out to the club called revery
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?
Theres so many people I love to give there recognition too!
I would love to start off with my family . Thank you guys for being part happy, sad , mad , & all my breakdowns moments. You guys are the first people that see everything i create. Mom thank you for making me into the strong independent woman I am today, as much you get on my nerves I know you want me to succeed in this life . Jordan, He has pushed me to become the person I am today. He was the person who introduce me into the Styling world, My clothing brand “Ali” is named after him because he put so much impact into my life today good & bad.
Another group of people I would love to acknowledge is : Milan Hightower, Gnarl3y Boyz, & Sam Polley.
Milan Hightower & Gnarl3y Boyz gave me a opportunity to show my creative directing side for their famous halloween event “Sicko Mode”, After the event, I collab with them to design the woman’s collection for their clothing brand Rm 624.
Sam Polley is a icon stylist/mentor to me, since the first day I met him he took me under his wing and direct me in the right direction. He open so many doors for me with his advice and introduce me to so many people & resources that i didn’t think I needed. Thank you so much for everything you have done!
Lastly Zebo G! , Without Zebo i wouldnt be doing this Series right now , since the day I met Zebo it has been nothing but positive vibes and Cameras . Thank you letting me tell my story to Atlanta and even believing me . Been such a positive impact and never disappoint with your work, introducing me to dope artist you work with and letting me on your podcast. forever love and a bond that can’t be broken !
Instagram: @kristiana.renee @aliforeveryone
@mr.soc Sam Polley photographer , creative directing , & assist styling