“Someday, one day, one of these days” is supposed to be the litany of dreamers. Fashion school graduate and fashion entrepreneur will have none of that! She is the CEO of her own fashion and jewelry line G’s Addiction.
She’s mighty serious about her craft, overseeing her hip goodies at fashion shows, at fashion industry events, and managing her e-commerce website.
She has much to teach us Glamniacs about managing a fashion line, and to think she’s just a few years out of high school!
Tell us more about your line G’s Addiction?
G’s Addiction stands for
“Gayel’s Addiction”. I am addicted to my jewelry pieces, fashion and clothing, and it is something that all my clients share. Everything is pretty much unique and can be created with your own taste. Light wrists are never an option with G’s Addiction. You can’t just have one bracelets and that’s the addiction.
Who was the person who had the best wardrobe you knew growing up?
My mom had the best wardrobe. I always loved watching her get ready for work. She had the privilege to make her uniform in her own style as long as she kept the assigned colors.
And what did you like about her wardrobe?
The vests that she threw on her shirts were marvelous looking, with gold buttons. Her heels are always stylish and perfectly matched her outfit and always smelled good. I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them – they are individual fashionistas.
You have your own jewelry and clothing line, and you graduated from high school not too long ago. Where does all this drive come from?
My Father taught me that opportunity and responsibility go hand in hand. I think we all act on that principle; on the basic human impulse that makes a man want to make the best of what’s in him and what’s been given to him. The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad! Just keep your eyes on the prize. No job is beneath you.
What goes into running G’s Addiction on a day-to-day basis?
The daily operations of G’s addiction is pretty tedious. A lot of promotions are done with my Team (I.E.E) International Events Entertainment. I also do a lot of preparations. Ordering supplies, taking new product requests, and of course, the making and shipping of the jewelry pieces. I also meet with a lot of potential partners and employers who are interested in having G’s addiction at their events.
Growing up, who was the most stylish person you knew? What was that person’s style like?
My grandmother was probably the first person who I thought was beautiful. She was incredibly stylish; she always had a different hair style, colorful heels. I was probably 3 years old, but she was like a cartoon character. She’d swoop into our lives with presents, cakes since she was a backer and she always smelled great and looked great.
Who gave you your sense of style?
It’s a mix of my grandma’s old fashion style and my own. I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original. My greatest tip is to always have your own sense of style. Never let people tell you what to wear…it is important to have your own vision.
What are some of the biggest business lessons you’ve learned in terms of G’s Addiction?
Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not excited by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Is there a fashion mogul whom you admire? What do you like about this person and her achievements?
I admire Murielle Leconte, she lives in Miami. Murielle is one of the most strongest and artistic person that I have seen. Her line is called Murielle Creation. It was created in December of 1990 and also she has a modeling agency. She designs clothes, accessories, and also does home decor pieces. She’s not only a designer; she is a civil engineer.
How do you come up with the inspiration for your pieces?
I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer and mostly when I am in pain and turmoil.
If you were giving advice on how to run a business to someone who’s just starting out, what would you say?
If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.