Latricia Brown: A Woman in Charge of Her Dreams
In the business world, there is a low percentage of women-owned businesses. Among that low percentage of women, African American women make up even a smaller share.
The first year of owning and running a business can be the hardest, and it is during that first year that many businesses fail. There are many black-owned businesses that do not make it to the one year mark.
Latricia Brown is an African American woman who has shown the world it is possible to own a successful black-owned business.
Brown is a young businesswoman from Mobile, Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Fashion, and now she is the owner and fashion director of Trish B Stylin in Pooler.
Trish B Stylin offers bridal alterations, custom gowns and suits, and fashion directing services. Brown’s mission is to deliver consistently fabulous work and to help her clients express their creativity. Every man and woman has a sprinkle of creativity within them, and Brown helps her clients realize that and bring it to life.
Brown has been interested in fashion since she was a little girl, but her father would not allow her to show her creativity through her clothes. Instead, he told her that when she makes it in the world she could wear whatever she liked. Brown took what her father told her and ran with it. She began to show her creativity through her fashion style just like her father told her to do.
Where does her inspiration come from? Brown’s inspiration comes from other creators and even nature. Looking at art from other creators can spark an idea in her that she did not have before, and the same can be done by looking at nature. That spark can turn into her next big idea.
Over the last few years, Brown has been able to create many big ideas.
Being a business owner can be difficult for various reasons, but being a Black business owner can be harder. “Being a Black fashion creator can be difficult since there are some businesses that are not as open to African American women,” says Brown.
In the bridal industry, Brown says that they can restrict you from being yourself when creating fashion. They may make you feel as if you are trapped in a box and try to mold you into what they want you to be.
There may be some barriers within the business world, but they are not impossible to get passed, as Brown has shown through the success of her business.
Brown is a woman who any young businesswoman would be lucky to look up to, and she has a few pieces of advice for young women wanting to start their own businesses:
- Do not be afraid to reach out to other businesswomen.
- Remember that so much can be learned from other businesswomen.
- Be willing to ask for help.
If you are thinking about starting your own business stop thinking about it and do it. Become the woman in charge you were meant to be!