Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight features a bomb designer born and raised from Washington, DC , Kima who is the founder and designer of unisex clothing brand Vinichi Minyon . Kima talks with us about her beginnings being a mother after graduating high school and how that motivated her to chase her dreams.
Dasia: Tell me something about yourself ?
Kima : Fashion is Kima, since a teenager I’ve had a love for it and I knew once I became an adult I would pursue my passion. Near my senior year I became pregnant , and on graduation day with great admiration I walked the stage with my daughter on my hip. Having my daughter early pushed me further to chase the dream I’ve had set for myself as a teen.
Kima: Vinichi Minyon (VM) isn’t just a brand , it is indeed a lifestyle; it is to be implemented in everyday life. VM launched in 2014 as an online boutique store catered to women. As time progressed it was time for me to scale up and take a more visual direction.At the end of 2015 I went into 2016 with a relaunch or my brand, and since then the brand has blossomed into something greater. We now cater to both adult men and women. Vinichi is an individual who is after success, works to their maximum potential, and have dreams of turning their passion into a lifestyle.
Dasia : What does entrepreneurship mean to you ?
Kima : An entrepreneur is a innovator, a risk taker! A person who creates what they love, and turns it into a business for consumers to enjoy.
Dasia : Describe any obstacles you’ve faced and how you overcame them.
Kima : I have experienced mistakes in production, and delayed deadlines. Just like any passionate business owner, I was upset. What I envisioned wasn’t executed. However I had to look at my company as a whole, and understand that the show must continue. So instead of removing the collection, I did more engaging things, to make my customers feel exclusive, when that item dropped.
Dasia : What do you like most about fashion ?
Kima: That fashion has no limit, it allows for one to be expressive.
Dasia : Favorite places to shop ?
Kima: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Chanel, and Gucci
Dasia : Favorite current trends ?
Kima: Boyfriend jeans , fitted shirt, with open toe heel (sexy comfort)
Dasia : What is some advice for anyone who wants to start their own clothing line ?
Kima : Create a line that’s true to you, and what you’d like to see more in the “Fashion Industry”. Find your niche in fashion, be inspired, re-create, but never duplicate.
Dasia : What are some of your goals for 2017?
Kima: Securing a brand ambassador, growing the brand outside of my hometown, launching new line “VM Savvy”, and enhancing and growing the V-League.
Dasia : Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Kima: Having a storefront , employing staff in a fashion forward workplace environment.
Dasia: How did you hear about Fxshnjunke ?
Kima: Social Media
Make sure to shop Vinichi Minyon at www.vinichiminyon.com and keep up with the latest updates @vinchiminyon and be sure to follow Kima @__kima_
edited by @dasiatheceo