Q. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Leisha Salmon- (Like the Fish) I am a Jamaican born Canadian Artist and Designer living in Toronto, Ontario. I am a formally trained artist I Studied at the Ontario College of art and Design after which I too up blogging while working part time. That was back in 2010 the blog salmonnaturals hair care. In 2011 I launched Salmonnaturals my handcrafted hair accessories and jewelry line. Now in year three I opened up my first virtual store on Etsy an online handmade shopping place for creative people. Although I am formally trained in graphic deisgn and have an award for my ceramic sculpting. My passion is art and I love being able to express it through fashion.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? How did you come up with the company name?
Salmonnaturals is a company where I design and manufacture one of kind peices my very unique style come to life for all those who want to be true to themself and do it in a Fab way.
I have been a busy bee getting my company off the ground from blog to business.
here are just a few of my sites
I came up with this name by combining my last name Salmon with Natural. Salmonnaturals is a physical represents of my natural God given talent for creating Art.
Here are just a few of my sites:
I think of all my creations as a piece of art that takes shape while I am in my studio surrounded by things that inspire me. There is something for fashionable little girls and big Ladies. I also have some simple guy friendly unisex designed trendsetting jewelry for fashionable guys too.
What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
The inspiration for designing hair accessories is thanks to my little sister since the age of 5 she has had her one style a mini fashionista in the making. She just love creating hair clips for her she has thick long beautiful kinky hair. Most of the products at the store would break in her hair so I had to set in and create things for her.
My jewelry is inspired by my beautiful lady friends every birthday I give handmade gifts and because of the overwhelming love from them I started selling both hair accessories and jewelry online in my virtual shop.
What distinguishes Salmon Naturals from other brands?
At Salmonnaturals everything is handmade by me in my studio. Handcrafted makes all my creations have a one of a kind, whimsical, imaginative and artful aesthetic. This is what I think distinguishes Salmonnaturals from other brands there is only one Leisha salmon.
What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
The challenges that I faced since starting my brand is getting into local stores. The competition is fierce in Toronto but I am lining up potential store. Learning from my mistakes and being positive.
What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
My biggest personal goal is to open up a store in Jamaica that would be so amazing and that is my biggest dream to date.
Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
The biggest advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is get your social media know how right of the bat it makes a big difference if you want to start out on the virtual web.
And finally, how do we get our hands on SalmonNaturals?
Salmonnaturals is available on the virtual store sites Etsy and Storenvy
Products have a soft pleasant scent!!!
Hey Chicas let me introduce this week’s GIC!!! Kelly Augustine of MASQUEmag.com is a beautiful Full-Figured Lady who’s not afraid to show off her curves. Kelly has a great sense of style (TRENDY~EDGY~TASTEFUL) which shows in her body of work!!! When I first saw this picture of Kelly I was blown away…confidence just oozed from this picture and “Get It Chick” was all I could say. To learn more about Kelly and her blog go to http://www.masquemag.com
Peace Kinks & Curlies today I will be starting a new weekly segment called “GET IT CHICK”!!! Basically GIC is where I pick a photo that just screams GIC. A GIC has a style of her own which she is very comfortable expressing. When I see a GIC, it’s like BOOM…Get it Like Me!!! If you think you’re a GIC submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with GIC as the subject!!!
I came across my first GIC when I was gathering photos for Im Just Jackie FaceBook page. At first sight I was like WHOA!!! Im loving everything from head to toe. The main reason why she is a GIC, when you look at this photo its like you can feel her energy. She owns it and the “GET IT CHIC” is all over her. From her hair to her taste in fashion…she is daring and not afraid to show it. LOVE LOVE LOVE this GIC!!! Let me know what you think!!!
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!