As all of you know, travel is my passion. When I first heard of Global Couture, I was immediately interested in its owner Patricia, a natural who began this company 2 years ago when she wanted to represent a new natural consciousness on apparel. You don’t know how delighted I was to be able to share this interview with you. Patricia reminds me so much of myself and she is making my mission/dream come true with Global Couture. I hope that you enjoy this interview, and don’t forget to check out Global Couture @ www.globalcouture.net.
My name is Patricia and I am the Owner and Designer of Global Couture (http://globalcouture.net). I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently reside in St. Louis, MO. During the day, I am a tenured college counselor and full time doctoral candidate completing my dissertation. I decided to begin Global Couture 2 years ago, when I noticed I couldn’t find any accessories or natural hair apparel (mainly T shirts) I wanted to wear, that reflected my new consciousness.
Where did your inspiration for custom fashion come from?
Much of my inspiration for Global Couture (http://globalcouture.net) comes from the various natural hair communities (via blogs, natural hair meet-ups, and YouTube) which I so joyously joined over two years ago. Global Couture is an expression of my love for travel, self-exploration, cultural expression, and creativity. Global Couture designs hair accessories, jewelry, & apparel for the bold, chic, and culturally curious. Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair and its reflection of our history. “Loving your hair represents loving yourself.” Love your curls, if they are wavy, curly, kinky or coily. I also want my work to create a dialogue around unchecked societal norms.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
My vision for Global Couture is to encourage others to embrace the natural beauty in all of us from the inside-out. For me, hair is the beginning of the conversation of self-acceptance.
It took a long time to launch my idea because I was afraid of the unknown. I still struggle with wondering if it’s good enough or the occasional fear of failure, but the support I get from customers has helped tremendously. For sure, connecting with customers and Global Couture blogspot readers is the most rewarding.
When did you discover you were passionate about your craft?
I would say going BACK to natural has changed my life. Going back to my roots during this natural hair journey has been truly self-affirming. Through this journey, I fell in love with the freedom, self-expression, and renewed confidence fostered by a simple ‘hairdo’ change. I found quickly it was more than a hair style change, it became a lifestyle change. I began to take more risks outside of the expected and mainstream forms in beauty, hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. I believe this ‘mini’ transformation paired with my travels through South American, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean has added to my appreciation for various forms of beauty, personal expression and culture expression. Global Couture is an expression of my renewed cultural appreciation.
Where is some where you have always wanted to visit? Where is the most exciting place you have been?
Traveling is my passion. I add stamps in my passport every chance I get! I came up with the name Global Couture and logo because I want my brand to reflect fresh, diverse, eclectic beauty and styles; I appreciate from around the world. I have a huge list of places I want to travel but if I had to choose two places (since I can’t just choose 1) that I really want to visit they would be Africa and Bora Bora. I want to travel to Africa for a cultural mecca and Bora Bora for the beach (lol). I am really a beach babe at heart.
The most exciting place I have traveled would probably be China. Asia is so different from any other continent, so it was interesting to see their historical landmarks and experience their economic social structure.
What’s your vision for Global Couture?
My vision for Global Couture is to encourage others to embrace the natural beauty in all of us from the inside-out. I want to continue to grow my business and expand partnerships with local and international charities.
What artist most influences you and why?
I don’t think I could name just one artist. I would say I am influenced by many artists, designers, and cultural scholars. I grew up with original work from Arnie Barnes and Paul Collins in my family home so I was definitely influenced by their celebration of Black culture. My personal style has been influenced from urban street style, Afropop, and modern design.
What projects do you have coming up? What should we look out for?
I currently sell T-shirts, hair accessories, bow ties, earrings, necklaces, totes, iPhone cases, and curly girl mugs. I have over 200 additional concepts in the works for my T shirt apparel and accessory line.
I launched the Global Couture Foundation this year. I have ALWAYS been compelled to serve others through counseling (day job), volunteering, and donating. I think this desire has developed over the years, in part, from my extended stays abroad* in South America and the Caribbean, where my understanding of poverty and human fortitude was deepened.
The “I am Global” tee was created to remind us of the global connection and responsibility we have to each other.
All profits will be donated to UNICEF (and similar local charities with a strong history of positive contributions) this year.
Please support by purchasing the “I am Global” tees for men and women at http://globalcouture.biz for $20. It would be a perfect tee for your next international trip or just to the grocery store, lol.
Where can we find Global Couture ?
Global Couture is sold exclusively online at http://www.globalcouture.net & http://globalcouture.biz
Follow the blog: http://globalcouture.blogspot.com
I can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any social networks?
Like Global Couture on Facebook, Twitter:@globalcouture1, and Follow on Instagram:@globalcouture, Pinterest: globalcouture1
I really enjoyed learning more about Patricia and Global Couture. I definitely will stop by and take a look at some items to add to my personal collection. I hope that you enjoyed this interview also and I hope that you show your love and support of Global Couture by visiting the site: http://www.globalcouture.net, adding Patricia and Global Couture to your social networks or following the blog at: http://globalcouture.blogspot.com/
I’ll depart by leaving you with a few photos of items that Global Couture sells. I really love the chevron and kente cloth earrings/bow tie sets!
Until Next Time!