We had the good fortune of connecting with Trá Harriott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trá, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is flexibility. As an entrepreneur, everything will not always go as planned or the way you want them to be. Plus, times and situations change, for example, the Covoid-19 pandemic. You have to be flexible with your business and brand and be ready and willing to evolve and change when necessary. For me, the latter part of 2020 was pretty hectic with me being in the middle of grad school, handling marriage, managing multiple businesses, and tending to my mental and physical health, including pregnancy. I had to make a tough decision for the sake my health and business to take a break and rest. Eventually, I took a leave of absence from school and temporarily closed my businesses so I could focus on my break and my pregnancy,
Currently, I returned to school without setbacks, my baby boy is healthy and due within a few months, and I am re-opening my businesses (staggered) with fresh ideas, new products, and a clear head. It was very much worth it as I was able to enjoy myself again and regain focus.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business, Boss T’s Apparel, is an apparel company that promotes Black wealth, mental health advocacy and awareness, and Black pride. We offer a range of different clothing pieces including; hoodies, t-shirts, and sweatshirts within three collections (Afrodescendant Pride, Melanated Mental Health, and Black Economics). I’m very excited about the new designs and new additions added to the store that are underway for our re-opening in May and we’ll be celebrating 1 year in business in June! This business’s success honestly took me by surprise as I didn’t expect for it to be as popular or successful as it is, especially with it being created right in the middle of the pandemic. That’s definitely keeping the momentum of creating more powerful messages and wanting to promote to bigger audiences and expand my brand.
My other business, Boss Babe Boutique, LLC., is very personal to me as it served as a dream fulfilled from childhood. I’ve always wanted to own my own clothing boutique and I was very excited to take the first step and bring it to fruition. Boss Babe Boutique will be celebrating 2 years in business in September of this year, which I am absolutely elated about. I love being able to provide a way for women to look like a boss without paying the cost. Growing up, I always wanted to look good and keep up with the latest fashions, but I didn’t have the finances to do so as I came from a large family. Giving women the opportunity to look good at affordable prices has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done thus far.
In a way, I bit off more than I could chew balancing a mental disorder (bipolar disorder), school, multiple businesses, and pregnancy.However, as mentioned before, with flexibility, support, and break for reflection and restoration, I was still able to be successful and stay on course. It was not easy taking a step back from everything I worked hard to accomplish because I felt as though I was letting myself down and additionally, low-key felt I wasn’t fit to be a business owner. I had to give myself grace and compassion and do what was best for both myself and my businesses to ensure both operated at optimum competency.
What I want the world to know about myself and my businesses is that I am extremely resilient and it reflects in both of my businesses. There were definitely setbacks, but they weren’t greater than the comebacks. There’s a lot of myself in both of my businesses, so when you’re supporting the businesses, you’re also getting an insight into me personally. That type of vulnerability is something that would have terrified me years ago, but has actually matured me as an individual and as a business woman. I am proud of everything that I have accomplished this far, and I am excited for what’s in store in the future.
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?
My favorite place to visit in Atlanta is Atlantic Station; nighttime only. In a way, it reminds me of my home state, New York. It is also where my husband proposed to me so it has a special significance to me. Some places to check out there would be the shopping district (of course), the Millennium Gate Museum, the cinema, and restaurants Kilwins and California Pizza Kitchen are my favorites. Lastly, if you’re a nerd like me, you’ll LOVE the Bodies Exhibition. It’s an absolutely amazing site for viewing the inner-workings of the human body in realism without vulgarity. The lights at night just give a relaxing vibe whether you’re there by yourself, with friends, or with a romantic partner. You just have to be there to experience it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout would go to my supportive and very hardworking husband Trevaughn and my beautiful baby boy, Tariq, of whom I can’t wait to meet!
Instagram: @bosstapparel | @bossbabeboutiquellc
Feature photo credit: Mia Edwards of Emale Productions