We had the good fortune of connecting with Teffani Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teffani, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My business gives back to the foster care community each month. A young lady currently in foster care is selected to receive a one on one mentoring session and free item(s) from Official Bonafide Boutique. Recipients are selected based on reaching teenage milestones associated with aging out of the child welfare system. As a former foster youth supporting this community means lowering risks of low self esteem, teen pregnancy, self harm or re-traumatization. Role models aren’t always available for these young ladies, by being a fashionable guide we create bonds and pull the curtain back on womanhood and being successful.
What should our readers know about your business?
Initially my business was a fun idea that I only fantasized about. The idea of owning a women’s fashion line in my dreams felt safe, but there was no growth in my dream. Writing goals down, doing product research, and actually paying for business owner expense gave my dream a presence in reality and motion. Learning to celebrate small victories are a huge part of my companies success. The day to day work when your business rises and sets on your time can be overwhelming, patting yourself on the back may seem elementary but pausing to appreciate the small accomplishments creates momentum for the next task. Taking the rose colored glasses off, starting my business wasn’t easy, I don’t usually share this part about starting my business but right before I got serious, my favorite aunt who constantly encouraged me to go into business for myself passed away from brain cancer Sept 2020. Having a heavy heart and hardly any motivation to do anything for myself let alone start a business, out of grief my business was one of the most positive things I used to redirect my focus.
The vision for my business could be as big as my imagination can create. Breaking the bigger picture down into small bite sized pieces helped me accomplish so much in a short amount of time. The power of delegation in my business supported my sanity, realizing I don’t have to be an expert in every area to have a successful business and asking for help is ok.
As an identical twin, growing up finding my own style was vital for my personal development. As a black woman who enjoys a posh way of life my appearance has been always important to me. Official Bonafide Boutique grew out of my desire to arrive in any atmosphere confident, beautiful and established. As the oldest child to a teenaged single mother, my eyes were opened to the responsibilities of life, watching my mother work 60+ hours a week was tough and made me face reality sooner than most little girls.
Official Bonafide Boutique is fashion designed for ladies of all classes and income levels to dress as feminine, elegant and unique as possible and showing up as the best version of herself as she reaches her goals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a native to long beach, Ca the city by the sea has some of the most relaxing beach vibes. When friends visit I take them downtown to Gladstone’s for upscale seafood. Plenty of tacos to enjoy at Hole Mole and a walk down shoreline village boardwalk might make guest extend their trips. The federal neighborhood bar plays the hits and after we danced until our feet hurt ending the night at skyline in signal hill for a romantic night cap.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is for the “HerShe” debutant program. Specifically created for young ladies in the foster care system. The women led organization supplied me with essential lessons about womanhood, health, finances. education and more. The mentors in this program were instrumental how I encourage, organize and apply myself to life.
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