Hi Janae , so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am an author of 5 books. I started doing Jane’s Closet as a way to widen my brand. I also wanted to promote an urban streetwear brand that motivated people to love themselves. Love their culture especially the black culture. I believe self-pride and confidence is more important than how you look on the outside. Self-esteem is very important it basically is a catalyst on how you conduct your life. I design the clothes with the intent of bringing confidence and a sense of pride or fun to the apparel. That’s the brand of what Janae’s Closet is primarily focused on.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It certainly has not been an easy road. But nothing in life ever is. The struggles I’ve faced is just trying to spread the word and getting the name out. Fashion is such an over populated industry so sometimes it’s very hard to stand out from amongst the crowd. But I’m hoping that Janae’s Closet can become one of those streetwear apparel lines that stands out and can make a bold statement. I really want our people mainly African Americans to know that there is a clothing line that just doesn’t want to make you look good. But make you feel good. Which is why we stand for FLY Urban Apparel. The fly stands for First Love Yourself. Because loving yourself first is a major component of how you operate in this world.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an author of 5 books. I’ve been in book publishing for almost ten years! My tenth year will be 2022! I can’t believe it. I am proud of every single one of my books. I told myself that I would publish one book by the time I reached 30 years of age. I’ve published 3 by that age and now I am working on book #6. To me, that is quite the accomplishment. I would say what sets me apart is my ability to let my creativity speak boldly. I am learning to be more confident with my talents. I am not afraid to touch on certain topics that some may find taboo within our community such as, mental health, HIV/AIDS/child sexual abuse , domestic violence and many others. These things happen in our world and I want to shed light to those issues so that it may impact or change someone else’s life in a positive way.
Janae’s Closet has only been in operation for a year so I have a lot to learn and we have a lot of growing to do! I look forward to seeing how my fashion line grows over the years!
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Community, and self-pride matters most to me. Having pride within yourself and your community can take you a long way. Having that same community of supporters can take you so far. Which is why Janae’s Closet’s brand is so strong on having pride within self and growing that within our community.
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