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If you’re connected with us on Instagram, you know that we have a totally different conversation and often post/interact with a different group of people than our other social media channels. One of the perks of social media is that we get to engage with people and brands from all over the world, including St. Louis 🙂
We’d been following a certain profile that regularly posted pics of these AWESOME tshirts, and we just had to get in on the action.
My name is Patricia and I am the Owner and Designer of Global Couture. I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently reside in St. Louis, MO. During the day, I am a tenured college counselor and full time doctoral candidate completing my dissertation.
Tell us about your hair journey.
I am natural and love it! I don’t have the exact date I went natural but I believe my last relaxer was 2009. I decided to ‘go natural’ because I was tired of dealing with breakage and bad hair days from relaxers. I also was really frustrated with my hair because it “wasn’t growing” which I now understand is more of a retention issue. I transitioned with Senegalese twist for nearly two years and finally mini chopped my relaxed ends May 21, 2011. I was finally ready to lose the length and cut the relaxer out so after a few snips in the bathroom I decided to hop in the car and go to the salon nearby. I get there and the stylist said “honey we don’t do that kind of hair” and thought wow so salons don’t do “real hair.” I ended up convincing her that she could easily identify the relaxed (i.e., straight ends) and I ONLY wanted her to cut them. She did and when she was finished she picked out my hair and patted it down into a perfectly round fro. I liked it! I felt stronger immediately! I am most proud that many my sisters went back to natural!
What made you take the leap into entrepreneurship?
I decided to begin Global Couture 2.5 years ago, when I noticed I couldn’t find any accessories or natural hair apparel (mainly T shirts) I wanted to wear, that reflected my new consciousness.
What inspires you?
Much of my inspiration for Global Couture comes from the various natural hair communities (via blogs, natural hair meet-ups, and YouTube) which I so joyously joined over two years ago. Global Couture is an expression of my love for travel, self-exploration, cultural expression, and creativity. Global Couture designs hair accessories, jewelry, & apparel for the bold, chic, and culturally curious. Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair and its reflection of our history. “Loving your hair represents loving yourself.” Love your curls, if they are wavy, curly, kinky or coily. I would say going BACK to natural has changed my life. I want my work to create a dialogue around unchecked societal norms.
Do you think the increasing amount of people embracing their natural hair texture is a trend that will be out of style soon?
Going back to my roots during this natural hair journey has been truly self-affirming. Through this journey, I fell in love with the freedom, self-expression, and renewed confidence fostered by a simple ‘hairdo’ change. I found quickly it was more than a hair style change, it became a lifestyle change. I began to take more risks outside of the expected and mainstream forms in beauty, hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. I believe this ‘mini’ transformation paired with my travels through South American, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean has added to my appreciation for various forms of beauty, personal expression and culture expression. Global Couture is an expression of my renewed cultural appreciation. I know for me it will never ‘go out of style’.
We’re always exploring ways to keep you, our readers, in the know about the backgrounds, behind the scenes tales, and histories of the businesses that relate to our varied interests. It’s been awesome getting to know Patricia, and who knows, maybe you’ll see items from the Global Couture store available locally in the near future 😉
Be sure to check out the shop and let us know in the comments which items are must haves to complete your closet/accessory collection!
And don’t forget to Be Exclusively Inclusive!