Today we’d like to introduce you to AK Brown.
We’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been always wanted to be in fashion ever since I was a little girl and knew that it was something I had to have my hand in. Ever since I started the AK Brown brand, actually during college, I’ve done everything from being a fashion blogger, influencer, stylist, product developer, creative director, and more.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t believe anything you do in life is ever easy. For me, it’s been hard for a number of reasons. From constant imposter syndrome to personal relationships interfering with my professional development, to health issues as well.
The main struggle that I think most of us have dealt with is COVID. My position was eliminated in April 2020, but it ended up being the blessing I didn’t know I needed. At my previous job, the environment was so toxic where I was not able to balance work/life and really focus on my businesses and brand, I felt like everything was slipping because of what I was dealing with at my job.
Once I was fired, that’s really when everything came full circle and I was more motivated than ever to really push my brand.
So if anyone can learn from me, roadblocks are only temporary and set you up for things you pray about, just be ready to receive them.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a fashion visionary, style architect, and creative director. I’ve done a lot in this industry that makes me more of a fashion connect if you will. My experience ranges from micro influencing, personal styling, editorial styling, creative directing, fashion branding & public relations, and even product development/sourcing & manufacturing.
I think what sets me apart from others is I’m not afraid to promote the multiple things I’m good at in this industry. As the saying goes “jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”. Because of my versatile and diverse experience, I’m able to help & connect a bigger group for the overall goal at revitalizing the garment district in St. Louis.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Don’t be afraid of investing in your brand and business. There are a lot of business coaches who cost money but have a proven track record of scaling businesses.
In regard to networking, no one is going to promote your business over you, and you’re the first point of contact for your brand. Research events where people in your industry, niche, and target market are, go and mingle. Research Facebook groups that align with your business and network online. Connect with like-minded individuals on Linkedin and Clubhouse. However you do it, get your name promoted in the rooms that make sense for your brand and business.
- Wardrobe Consultations-$100
- Product Development Consultations-$100
- Fashion PR Consultations-$100
- Fashion Branding Consultations-$100
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- Website: www.akbrownstl.com
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- Youtube: www.youtube.com/akbrownstl
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