We had the good fortune of connecting with Lenese Calleea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lenese, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am a big risk taker. I don’t live my life in fear. I believe that as an entrepreneur you have to be a risk taker, because if you continue to overthink, nothing will be done. At that point you are only a thinker and not a doer. The beautiful thing about taking risk is that it exudes confidence. I believe in myself and that I can do anything I put my mind to. I move to NYC alone. No friends, No family, No Job and No money. I found a job the first week. When I started my businesses, the risk of failing will always be there but you have to over come that. Nothing beats a failure but a try. In my life and in my business the only thing I know is risk taking. I got laid off from my job the first week of January 2020 and I decided that day to bet on myself. I didn’t look for another job or file unemployment. I started doing everything on my goal list and in 3 weeks, I made my first 30K.
What should our readers know about your business?
LC Apparel Consulting was birthed as a resource for emerging fashion designers & creators in order to expand product-development for black & brown Designers, Creators & Visionaries. This goal is achieved via a blend of consult services & educational offerings. LC Apparel Consulting takes joy in educating clients, thereby empowering them to bring their Fashion Dreams to LIFE. In addition to product development consults, we offer production services, courses, mentorship packages, workshops and New York garment district tours. The fashion industry needs to be diversified and made affordable for designers, creators and visionaries to create brands and products from all walks of life and economical status. We want to increase visibility. Our direct competitors do not offer payment arrangements, education, customized learning initiatives and do not cater too black and brown designers.
This was not easy but I have allowed purpose to lead my passion and continued to invest the money I was making back into the business to grow it. I have learned that not all money is good money and that I can not accommodate every client. I want the world to know that dreams come true and black girls design too.
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.
When my friends and family come to visit NYC my go to spots are all black owned and located in Harlem and Brooklyn. I’m really a foodie and I love a good cocktail. My favorite spots are: Ponty Bistro, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Harlem Shake, Harlem Hookah, Brooklyn Beso, Nostrand Station, The Sex Museum, The Brooklyn Museum.
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 like to dedicate my shoutout to my Senior Manager Hadassa Dorcean. She was my first mentee, turned intern, turned first employee, turned Senior Manager. She has been with me from the very beginning and has contributed dedication, loyalty and time to building this business with me. She is the one of my youngest employees but she now manages a team of 14 employees. She demonstrates leadership and structure that has grown this business tremendously. I would not be able to do any of this without her.