Today we’d like to introduce you to Richelle Denise.
Richelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
If someone would have told me I would grow to become a designer, I would have laughed in their face. I have always fancied myself a creative but growing up I was determined to become a lawyer. I was going to be the female Jack McCoy (Law and Order) by any means necessary, although I think down deep I knew that wasn’t what I really wanted to do with my life. When I was in high school, I took apparel and learned the basics of sewing and reading patterns and after I finished that class, it would be years before I sat in front of a sewing machine again. To say that there was some profound thing that sparked the love of creating back into me would be a lie. I just live my life by the mantra, “If it feels good do it”, and right now in my life, this is what feels good.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has been as smooth as any road of growth can be. Have I gotten things right along the way, yes! But have I gotten things horribly wrong- hell yes! Nevertheless, my struggles are my favorite part of this journey. To go into something without the presence of struggles is a turn off for me. I have the tendency to excel in many of the things I set forth to do, not because I possess some superpower, but rather the fact I don’t let the idea of a struggle turn me away. I live for the challenges and yes I fail and I fail often might I add, but I keep getting up. I would never cover up my struggles to make things look easy because we all have the potential to do great things if we understand that we will fail along the way.
Please tell us about County Road 46.
County Road 46 is an exclusive clothing brand that expresses my eclectic spirit. I specialize in a range of designs from crochet pieces, everyday wear to formal wear. In a nutshell, I make things I would want to wear. What makes me most proud when it comes to my company is that it is truly a representation of me. I am from Tuskegee, Alabama and I am extremely proud of whom in which I come from. My grandma lived her entire life in Macon County on County Road 46 and I am blessed to have had her see the birth of my company as a homage to her. Grandma’s have the power to bring the best out of us and that is the goal I strive to meet – to always put forth my best.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from my childhood would have to be playing in the dirt mounds with my sisters and cousins in Alabama. For some reason, the city or whoever would unload a huge mound of Alabama red clay dirt in my granny’s front yard and I just remember the cool feeling of the dirt against my hands on a hot day.
- Website: www.countyrd46.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @richelledenise
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/countyrd46
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