We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe leaps of faith are risks worth taking. In 2020 after much thought and prayer, I decided to take a costly risk. During the global pandemic, at the age of 40, I decided to leave my corporate job of 13 years to become a full-time entrepreneur. I had no clue if I was making the right choice, but I knew I had to do it.
I was burned out at my job. I think between the pandemic and the stress of the changes that my job was experiencing, I couldn’t continue to risk my happiness and my mental health doing something I grew to hate. I wanted to continue on my own path, with my own intentions. So with taking that risk my business had to work.
What should our readers know about your business?
Tahylor Made Apparel is dedicated to introverts and those who love bold expression. That’s what truly sets us apart from other brands. Our brand creates a safe space for black men and women who may not be comfortable speaking their minds, our tees start the conversation.
It warms my heart to get messages from customers who love the brand and products. I’ve gotten so many messages from customers who’ve worn our tees and have gotten not only compliments, but many have said it has helped strangers feel safe approaching them.
My journey to this space of my business was not an easy one. My business started off in 2017 under a completely different name and mission. I was still learning the business and had no clue what I was doing. There were times no one purchased, no one visited the site. I felt like a failure. I wanted to give up but I just couldn’t do it. So I wrote out a plan and decided to rebrand the business in 2020. I decided to stay true to who I was, and it took off instantly. We’re now a 6 figure brand.
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?
A few of my favorite restaurants would have to be South City Kitchen, EAV Thai & Sushi and SpiceHouse Buckhead. One of the places I absolutly love is SpinArt Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest support comes from my family, partner, and my dope clique tribe of friends. They’ve been with me from the inception of the business. If I ever needed opinions on a new apparel design or just encouragement they’re right there. No matter what time of day, they were there from the start. I appreciate each one of them and thank them so much for being my support.
Also, my biggest inspiration was my grandmother. She was the best example of an entrepreneur. She had multiple successful businesses and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.
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