Q. What is your name and where are you from?
Hi Guys! My name is Séan Marie. Séan is not pronounced like Shaun, but like Saun. I am from Baltimore, MD and currently reside in the DMV area.
<div style=”font-weight: bold;”>Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
My company is GRITT. GRITT sells affordable cutting edge jewelry and accessories and will hopefully branch out into clothing in the near future. I’ve sold jewelry and accessories for over a year, but didn’t start selling my own creations until October 2012.
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
GRITT started very humbly. I am a HUGE accessory freak and one of my many shopping sprees I stumbled on button stud earrings. The earrings were “cute” but my personal style is a bit more edgy and I love patterns. So instead of purchasing earrings that I thought were only so-so, I decided to make my own. I had no idea that they would take so fast! I’m extremely thankful and humbled by the support I have received.Q. What distinguishes SÉAN MARIE presents Gritt from other brands
Edge. I’m not a conventional person when it comes to personal style so I really try to push the envelope when it comes to the accessories I create. I love love love patterns and I truly enjoy mixing pattern ideas. The Queen Bee GRITT studs I created were so different and while they are 2 different pattern ideas they went perfectly together. That was when I knew I was on to something!
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
My biggest challenge was getting exposure. While I can’t share my “secrets”, I will say this: Don’t be afraid to hear no” and “Every opportunity should be explored, small and large.” Often times we find ourselves saying we are too good to do this or that and when it comes to creating a brand, you in my opinion are never to good. Know what lines you wont cross and be selective of who markets your brand, but never box yourself in and never be afraid to expose yourself.Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?Personally, I would like to expand my brand. I love tee shirts and have been exploring different tee ideas. I hope to have a few in the line up by the end of the year… I’m saying it out loud so that I back it up!Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
Know your worth! Not every boutique is worthy of carrying your brand. Success only comes from hardwork. If your sleep by 10p, then my guess is you aren’t grinding hard enough!Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on SÉAN MARIE presents Gritt?Check out www.seanmarie.bigcartel.com be sure to also follow me on Instagram @_seanmarie_ and like my page on FaceBook, Facebook.com/accessoriesbyseanmarie*For your loyal followers please use this code to get 15% off your total purchase. This code will be good for the entire month of June!!!Justjackie*
Q. Also I know you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural?
Wow! I’ve been natural for about 9 years! To be honest, I didn’t decide to go natural for any one particular reason. I just decided that my hair was good enough for me and that perms weren’t necessary. Sticking to team natural has not been easy! But I wouldn’t trade the experience, tears and all!
Q. Did you transition or did you big chop?I transitioned until I couldn’t anymore. I had decided on a protective style of micro braids and made the mistake (depending on how you look at it) of going back to the braid shop to have them taken out. My hair at the time was a little pass my shoulders and by the time I left the shop I could barely get my hair into a ponytail because they cut so much of my hair out. So that decided what my next step would be. I went to a local natural shop in Baltimore and the stylist cut out all of the hair that was still permed and gave me comb twists! I was shocked at how much I actually loved my shorter natural hair and never looked back.Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?People. For some reason, people think I have this magic secret when it comes to natural hair maintenance and while I don’t, I always answer any questions. I recently went to an Oyin bottling party and met some of the coolest natural hair women! I’ve actually kept in contact with one of the women and we are partnering on a Natural Lifestyle event that will be held in Baltimore on June 22nd. If you are in the area and want some additional information check out the site http://naturalconceptions.wix.com/natconceptQ. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?Learning my hair texture and what products actually work well for me. I think every Naturalista has this challenge. But once you overcome the challenge, the options are endless!