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Conversations with Chelsea Ruffins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Ruffins.

Hi Chelsea, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been on my creative journey since 2016 when I started my very first business venture selling handmade fur accessories on Instagram!

I’ve always had the aspiration of being a Boss. Now I am the owner of a clothing company which distributes garments for women, called Iconic Society.

Although I have faced a lot of trials and tribulations while navigating through my endeavors from the beginning I’ve always had a lot of support from my peers because of my authenticity and creativity.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My journey has not been smooth at all. Starting at 15 years old with no experience, I made multiple rookie mistakes.

My biggest struggle would be having to teach myself the game through trials and errors.

The greatest battles I faced were finding funding at such a young age and trying to balance school and being an entrepreneur. My grandma actually funded most of my supplies for my first business venture since I was only 15. I saved each sale until I sold out to see my whole profit.

This method helped me substantially with money management. I am now a Junior at Mizzou studying Visual Merchandising. During my years here, I’ve learned how to manage my time with my business and school work. One thing I can say is that all of those little mistakes I made are the reason my clothing brand has grown so much!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an entrepreneur who specializes in apparel & web design.

I am proud of my growth with both of my businesses because I am self-taught. I believe what sets my clothing brand apart from others is making low-budget photoshoots look professional and authentic.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
My mentor is India Ross. I met her on Instagram. I saw her post a story about having a meeting with her mentees, which led me to respond and enquiring if she would be my mentor.

My biggest advice to others would be to just reach out to them, you never know what they can say! I’ve met so many people in this industry by just simply contacting them on social media!


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1 Comment

  1. Katherine D. Beasley

    July 18, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Beautifully written article about Iconic Society!

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