Today we’d like to introduce you to Aiyla Parker.
Hi Aiyla, 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?
I started my brand 2 years ago, I started buying blanks from Walmart and t-shirt shops. I begin stitching my logo on the blanks and selling/giving them to strangers. I always had a vision of one day having my own website but the financial burden made me apprehensive. I prayed hard over my business and one day God made a miracle happen. I named my brand Konquér because of my mom. She passed away when I was 7 years old (while she was only 33), that lady survived and conquered a lot in those short years. I later learned in life that would be my story as well. Going through trials and tribulations and conquering them like it wasnt nothing. Survivor of nearly fatal car accidents and shootouts I knew my destiny was to Konquér & adjust to every environment.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth road? ABSOLUTELY… not. Lol, this journey has been far from easy but worth it? Yes! My main struggle in this business is balancing. I still maintain a regular job so it makes running an online business a bit complicated at times. Second but most importantly the lack of financial resources is also a tough cookie to crumble but being in this business I’ve learned to keep the faith because you literally never know what could happen!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have always been interested in creative arts. I’ve started a career in fashion however I also write music, sing, draw and I actually cook. I went to UMKC to study English creative writing emphasis. While in college I started to push the pen more toward writing poems and turning them into ballads. It became so easy for me I started writing songs for people I knew who rapped.
On the other side of creativity, I participated in a mural on Troost ave in Kansas City, Mo back in 2017. It was the first mural I ever participated in & I actually got so much good feedback it made me want to do it again. Although I didnt take a career choice in the drawing I knew I was good enough to do it one day If I ever wanted to. Lastly, I started my own catering business back in 2020. I called it #AwDamnEatz it was a great launch success until Covid-19 hit & I had to take my safety a bit more seriously. I’m proud of everything I have put my heart in and accomplished. Many can’t say they have the guts to go into every field and conquer it. I know my destiny is to serve God and others by providing my talents to make their day a bit more special. Im a Jane (Jack) of all trades and I know thats going to make me a millionaire one day.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I see my brands going places I never imagined. In the next 5-10 years I see multiple fortune 500 businesses under my belt. As long as I keep up with my vision and goals I want to see down the line I can make it happen. As of right now, it works nonstop time! I barely get days off and even when I do it’s all about bettering myself. My motto is to do different things to get different results. I can’t expect to move if my feet are still… feel me?
- Email: Konquerapparel2021@gmail.com
- Website: www.konquerclothing.com
- Instagram: @konquerlyfestyle
- SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/zoewap
- Other: www.instagram.com/awdamnchef