Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenesha Lewis.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My obsession with fashion started in middle school, when fashion shows were shown on TLC and Stacy and Clinton were changing lives one closet at a time. Boy do I miss those days! To tap into how obsessed I was, I would write down my outfits in my notepad weekly for school from shoes to accessories. I would look to shows like Lizzy Macguire and R&B artist and groups for fashion inspiration. So, fast forward and my love for fashion has not wavered. I embarked on my fashion career working with Home Shopping Network as a merchandise assistant in the apparel department and was promoted to a buyer role for home decor and I could not be happier. But I was missing something and was not happy. I wanted to be involved in fashion in a more rewarding way, which lead me to blogging. My motive for blogging was to share my style and life lessons, inspire and connect with other bloggers with a passion for the fashion industry. I am so happy with the journey and for all the connections I have made. After 26 years on the east coast, Florida to be specific, I decided to transition to San Diego for a job opportunity with an open heart and curiosity. It has been amazing and made me more intentional in my life, creating a life I love in blogging and start a career in styling. It’s very new and exciting but I am ready for what’s to come and excited for the opportunities that have already come my way from pursuing what I love.
Has it been a smooth road?
As with anything in life, you will have some good experiences and some challenges. My biggest challenge in adulthood has been realizing that it’s okay to re-route and switch paths if that path is no longer serving you. Growing up, we are often asked what do you want to be when you grow up and it becomes such a theme as you get older. It puts a lot of pressure on you to lay out what you want your life to look like. Although, I knew I loved fashion I didn’t know in what role. School was very important in my household so I knew it was not an option to not go to school, but fashion schools were way out of my budget. I was told by a friend that a public school in Florida had a program for Retail Merchandising and Product Development and my journey started. I decided that I would love to be a fashion buyer for an apparel company and what I quickly learned was that everyone in my major wanted to do the same thing. I mean how cool would it be to make the decisions for what clothing girls like you were picking up at their favorite store at the mall. I was so optimistic and driven to start my career. I interned, was hired and then promoted to a buyer role with Home Shopping Network and I had finally made it!!
After countless hours of studying, working two jobs, interning and job searching I had finally landed my dream job. But what were these feelings I was having; stressed, not being able to sleep, running on tight deadlines and working long days. My dream job was not fulfilling me and I was hating the person I was becoming; my mood was all over the place and I was no longer that eager and passionate girl I once was. I was completely lost and while all my other peers were in their roles in their respective fields, enjoying what they did, I had to admit that I couldn’t do this anymore and needed a plan B! It took some time to get to where I am and I still have ways to go to but I am so much happier to be creating my own fashion path.
My advice to young women is:
1. It’s okay to reroute and go down another path if the original path didn’t work.
2. Surround yourself around professionals or friends in the industry you are interested in to see what the day to day involves.
3. Intern, intern and intern! I cannot stress this enough, once you graduate, you will be up against many other graduates looking for a job and having internships and making connections will set you apart and make you more appealing to companies. They will love the fact that you sacrificed your summers to gain experience and develop your skills instead of partying with your friends.
4. Grow through what you go through, it will not always be sunshine all the time, take the good with the bad, it is all part of the process.
5. Have fun, explore and try a new hobby, you never know what could come of it and where it will take you and that’s the fun part.
6. No one has it all figured out so be easy on yourself.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Style Statement – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am most proud of my blog because it is my own and I work hard to create content and share my love for style with others. It is more than just blogging about fashion to me but more so, about connecting with other women who are navigating through adulthood and share a passion for style. My style has always been a part of my brand and who I am. My friends know that I will always be put together and they can call on me for any style tips. I am pursuing a career in styling, I have always styled my friends and always very interested in taking it to the next level with styling for editorial shoots or personal styling. I am unique in the sense that; I am a people person and I am always wanting to create an experience for others in a world that is always on to the next thing and easily distracted. I am all about genuine connections and paying it forward. I always want to make sure, I am making an impact or helping someone who is considering a career in fashion.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
As much as there are challenges, I do feel like women have opportunities and I am inspired by the movement and the collaborative spirit amongst women. I have always worked in a female dominated industry and seen women hold high positions which has been an inspiration to me. I feel like more and more women are creating their own path and I am so happy about that. I feel like women are more well positioned to have more than one role, mother, wife and business woman, instead of being put in a box. Women are no longer feeling obligated to be just being a wife and a mother.
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