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Conversations with Breonna Hargrove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Breonna Hargrove.

Hi Breonna, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Breonna Hargrove, I started a women’s clothing boutique in 2015 named Amour Fashions Boutique. I started in our local flea market. I wanted to stand out from my local competitors, so I decided to try to sew which was very hard. Many nights I was so frustrated with sewing I gave up. But on May 4th, 2016, I lost my big cousin more like a brother to me to gun violence on my birthday. Dealing with his loss was very hard. 1 night grieving over his loss I picked up my sewing machine with hurt and tears in my eyes and I began to sew. Sewing became my grieving outlet. I soon caught on to sewing and began posting what I was making on social media and instantly the support from family and friends poured in and my business increased.

In 2017, I created The Bosses Affair Fashion Show, a platform were local models, designers, and performers come together to showcase their talents. Over the years Bosses Affair Fashion Show has grown into a household name with it being 1 of the biggest fashion shows in Saint Louis.

On February 6, 2022, I was involved in a life-threatening car crash. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the crash, but I was going the wrong way on a highway in Illinois and hit a semi-truck head on. First responders tried to pronounce me dead at the scene but by the grace of God, I survived it. I am still currently in the healing process, but it pushed me to go harder and to walk into my purpose.

While recovering, I managed to produce a solo fashion show “Walking on Clouds, The rebirth” with crowds of 200 + guests. Now I am on to producing a Bosses Affair Fashion Show Tour. First show will be Saturday June 18th at the Saint Louis Lambert Airport terminal 1., This show will consist of 10 designers, multiple performances, 50+ vendors to shop with and more. Our next show will be held July 30th in Atlanta GA.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This by far has not been a smooth ride, of course, the side of being a full-time entrepreneur most don’t want to talk about. It’s been times were financially I struggled and didn’t know where the next dollar was coming from, but I didn’t give up. It motivated me to do more. The recovery from the crash has been hard, a lot of silent battles I deal with daily that many don’t know about.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a seamstress; I specialize in clubwear and prom. I am known for making dresses with bling or sequins. I am most proud of my fashion show and how much it has grown over the years. My creativity, the experience I give to guest and clients. and my story sets me apart from everyone else.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was into the medical field, that’s what had my interest at a young age. I remember coming home from school at the age of 7 and looking at “the trauma life in the Er”. I was intrigued with saving people’s lives and when I was younger, I wanted to become an ER nurse.

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