We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula (Miz Korona) Smiley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula (Miz Korona), can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Well When it came to the brand the thought process was for us to create a family owned fashion line that’s affordable yet very upscale.
My partners and I knew it would take lots of time, research and patience to get it off of the ground so we made sure we were all up for the challenge before releasing it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart as a creative is the fact that I can damn near do it all.
As a recording artist I can create the soundscape then tap into my photography and videography side to create the visuals,
as well as styling the looks I need.
It hasn’t been an easy ride at all. In fact I still consider myself an underdog in each of those creative circles.
Some of my projects have received lots of love and admiration and some have went unnoticed.
I’ve failed many times and I’ve succeeded just as many.
But that just makes me push harder to be successful because I know it’s my destiny.
Some of the lessons I learned along the way was not to share your ideas with everyone, don’t limit yourself to your market, be open to criticism and don’t give up on yourself.
The one thing that I want the world to know about our Triple Peaks brand is that we are playing for keeps.
And what that means is we want our brand to live on for generations like Ralph Lauren and Levi’s.
The goal for me when starting each of my creative businesses has always been creating generational wealth for my family.
And we’re hoping that this clothing line will be the starting point for that to happen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well seeing as though I do live in Detroit it would depend on the weather lol.
If it’s summer we would definitely have to visit the River Walk and attend the festivities down there.
That would include Aretha’s Amphitheater (formally known as Chene Park) for a concert or 2.
We gotta hit the museum district to take in some art exhibitions.
When it comes to food we would definitely have to go to American Avenue Bistro, even though it’s like 30 minutes outside of Detroit. The food and drinks are amazing!
Sweet Potato Sensations is a must, everything on their menu is cooked with (you guessed it) sweet potato’s. And it’s delicious. Oh and the pie is to die for!
For drinks, great music and fun we have to go to The Belt in Downtown Detroit.
I can go on for days.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, this list might be long because I have been blessed to have a great support system.
I definitely have to say my parents, they have supported me in every creative field I’ve ventured into. From my music career to the start of my photography company (Trigger Finger Visuals), and my the clothing line.
My business partners at Triple Peaks Clothing TyJuan and Madison who also happen to be my nephew and niece.
My sisters and my amazing friend circle/tribe.
And mostly the Creator!
Playground photos by: Miz Korona for Trigger Finger Visuals All Jeep photos by Liyongo