We had the good fortune of connecting with Oyemwen Oriakhi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oyemwen, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I firmly believe that the way you dress directly impacts the way you feel. When you look good and feel good, you exude positive energy. And that significantly affects how you step into the world every day.
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.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
Answer: As a brand, I have always prioritized my clients. It’s not just about creating pretty clothes for me, I also want to make sure my clients are happy. The custom garments I design are typically used for special occasions, hence there is an immense weight each purchase carries and it will impact the special memory it has been designed to be a part of. It is truly an honor to be chosen to design a garment that will become a key part of that lasting memory for my clients. Hence, providing excellent customer service and wowing our clients every step of the way is very important to us. Getting phone calls, emails, and messages from my clients letting me know how much joy my creation brought them brings me the most joy. If my design can positively punctuate someone’s big occasion, then my mission is accomplished.
How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Answer: Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would pursue an artistic career. I planned to go to Med School so I only ever admired people who were in the artistic field. However, when my path started to change, I am grateful that I didn’t fight it. I welcomed new opportunities that differed from my plans open arms.
I have days when I doubt myself. However, I don’t allow it to hinder me. I welcome the uncertainty, I welcome the second-guessing because it forces me to check myself to make sure that I am following my path. With introspection, I can truly explore if I am going in the right direction or if I need to pivot. No matter how hard things get there is no room for giving up, only room to reinvent.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Answer: I have learned to trust not just the process, but trust that there is someone bigger, who has written our story. Everyone has their destiny and the path to get there looks different for everyone. There’s an ultimate story that we’re all just a tiny little part of. My biggest lesson is just to trust the author of my destiny, God. I wake up in the morning, say my prayers, and try to walk in the direction God has intended for me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Answer: Since the pandemic, life as we knew it looks very different. With lockdowns and limited access to a lot of Atlanta hotspots, I’ve learned to appreciate nature more. My two favorite places have now become the Atlanta Beltline and Piedmont Park. Waking up in the morning and going there for a walk on a Saturday, just sitting there or enjoying a picnic with my husband, listening to music, has now become part of our weekly ritual. What I love most is that it’s not just going to the park or the Beltline, there is so much to do and see there. From amazing artists throughout the entire span of the Beltline, live music, artists painting, craftsmen who sell stuff, to restaurants and eateries to choose from. There’s an array of things you can do when you visit the Beltline and Piedmont Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My faith has been a big part of my decision-making. It has become my compass not just in life but also in business. I am also blessed to be surrounded by strong, powerful women who have been amazing examples throughout my life. Growing up in Nigeria, my mother ran a merchant business in a very male-dominated industry. My sisters have also been instrumental, serving as both guardians and mentors along the way. Now in the fashion industry, The Fashion Bomb Daily team, led by Claire Sulmers, have been amazing partners and help as I navigate through. And of course, my amazing husband, who has served as my supportive partner, my biggest cheerleader, my best friend, my therapist, and a shoulder to stand tall throughout as we do life together.
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