We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Tyler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Growing up, we lived a very nomadic lifestyle. My parents, still to this day, have never liked to settle down or commit to any one place for too long. We’d often travel with the few things that we owned, searching for the elusive place called “home” where we’d unpack and set up our little homestead. We’d have gardens half an acre in size, canned our own vegetables, made root beer, and raised our own chickens. We lived in different places all across the country, starting in Hawai’i, and always ending up back in Hawai’i. Some years we lived so remotely, that my parents just found it easier to homeschool us, which I feel, collectively, has had a huge impact on who I am today. Now as an adult, I’m able to carry on this lifestyle for a creative, slower, and more conscious way of life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been creating clothing since I was 7 years old, cutting, sewing, reconstructing anything I could get my hands on, but I never thought to pursue it further. It wasnt until my second year in college and majoring in business, that a fortuitous post to dorm bulletin board, lead to me to a design club meeting, which then inspired me to change my major to design the very next day. I think sometimes we have a hard time seeing what is right in front of us. I had been doing this thing I loved my entire life, but never thought twice about it. There was some sort of disconnect up until that point, but when it’s right, it’s right, and you cant deny the discovery of your truths. From then on, it wasn’t by any means easy, but I had found my passion, and that is what continues to drive me.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been so many people along the way that have helped guide and direct me on this path. Some in the best of ways, and others in the worst ways, but I’m grateful for them all, because wether its the direction or the redirection, they both have played a role it where I am today. From the job that, in so many words, forced me to quit, leaving me unemployed and terrified, that gave me no option other than to finally start my business. To the ex that helped me get on my feet, the friends that have lovingly supported me since day one, to my partner, the man that will go to any length to encourage, inspire and motivate me on a daily basis. No one goes unnoticed.
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