We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Vinya J’adore a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Vinya , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Let’s kick things off with your mission – what is it and what’s the story behind why it’s your mission?
Growing up way too often the women in my life sometimes had to operate in their masculine, having to be strong most of the time due to whatever life’s circumstances through at them and the more I got curious about what is a woman’s purpose while here on earth? The answer became evident. God created women to not only be a help mate to a god fearing man, but to balance the man that is strong, prideful, and resilient. He wants us to live a graceful life, one of peace and harmony, where there is rest – plenty of naps, singing and dancing that keep our souls alive, playfulness, kindness, humbleness, and patience. The enemy alone can sometimes try to rob us of those qualities which is why I have always found it so important to nurture myself through every aspect of my life; through the foot soaks, face masks, taking naps just to restore my mental battery, and fine silks Adore J’adore Couture has to offer. I think this is key for a lot of women, it teaches you how self- love, and how to pour into yourself, speak kindly over yourself, and to even remind you of your worth.
Vinya , before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I am Vinya J’adore & I am the owner of Adore J’adore Couture, which is an online boutique where we provide clothing – being primarily silk that connects women back to their divine feminine. Since a young age I’ve always had a good idea about the path I wanted to take and when it came to fashion, I was all in. I began my creative career at SCAD in the Fall of 2019 majoring in Fashion Design, which quickly taught me I wanted to be on the business side of fashion if I was going to maintain that passion for sewing. From 2019, up until now I have had the time to use what I learned at SCAD and apply it to A.J.C. I am most proud of the people God has allowed me to connect with when it came to my boutique and the rooms he’s allowed me to walk in at such an early age along with my skill set I’ve been able to apply to my boutique.
Can you talk to us about manufacturing? How’d you figure it all out? We’d love to hear the story.
I thought this was a great question that isn’t talked about enough in this industry. When I first began Adore J’adore Couture all the way up until now I started out with a budget of $600 doing wholesale. It wasn’t until this year, I recognized the problem with wholesaling and that I quickly needed to find a manufacture if my brand was going to stay afloat and stand out. The problem I found with wholesaling was that sometimes it placed limitations on the design of specific silhouettes and even in some cases the product may not fit true to size especially when you put satin and silk into the mix since these are two fabrics that don’t hold much stretch.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
A lesson I had to unlearn was that you cannot do everything alone. That’s just not the way life was designed and being a person who has a hard time asking for help, the need was growing. Since I’ve had my boutique, I started asking God for new things to help me along my journey. For example, my prayer was that God would add people to my team who love him first and has the same passion and drive I do when it comes to creative thinking and I kid you not. My prayer was answered Nov. 6 of last year, I received a message from an old friend I attended high school with who had just launched her very own business of being a virtual assistant, which has been exact kind of help I needed.
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