What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
Benjamin, the owner of Benjart told me, “Get your back office sorted. Walk into a corner shop and ask bossman how he manages his inventory, keeps on top of his stock and know what sells best.” I think this was pretty profound advice because I think the ‘back office’ applies to our lives too; how we discipline ourselves to wake up early, plan our days, eat well and so on. Getting the basics right sets you up to handle the future growth that’s next to come.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role to you?
Research your niche, what makes your brand unique, and how you’ll organically market your brand to your dream target audience. Keep them hooked.
Once you know your purpose and vision for why your brand is solely unique, explore your creative edge and sample every material and design you can come up with. Then it’s really down to your research on whether you want to source your garments locally or internationally. Both have their positives, but all decisions you make should tie back to your overarching purpose and vision for the brand.
Feel free to hit us up on our socials if you ever want any specific advice on what companies you can reach out to, we’re always happy to help.
Tayo is a member of The Kusp, a platform for diverse creatives across fashion, media and film. We have partnered with them to highlight some of their talented network. See more from Tayo and The Kusp here.