SOPHIE PATEL- THE AFRICAN QUEEN
SOPHIE PATEL- THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend !! Woohoo!!. Here we are with another episode of “Let me Shine” and today’s guest is a gorgeous genuine person. I’ll be the most selfish person on earth if i don’t introduce you to this beautiful soul. Now, let’s get to know miss Sophie and
–Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself ?
My name is Sophie Patel, born in Haiti, and raised in Haiti and in New York. I’m a very down to earth person, love to travel but I’m kind of an introvert believe it or not. And of course one of the things I love doing is design, it’s actually at the top lol.
– What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure, hmm I can’t really say that I have one. I look at things this way, even if i don’t really succeed at something it’s just a way of learning so I can do better next time or move on to the next. It’s not really failure, life is a learning process.
-Who has impacted you the most in life?
I know this might sound weird but my tribe, the people around me, my friends, and my husband. I have some of the greatest people in my circle, I watch them everyday take on life challenges, succeeding, they are all such inspirations to me.
-What is your greatest achievement in life?
My greatest achievement? I have so many of them, but deciding to listen to me, what I wanted, following my dreams and starting my Fashion line are definitely my top priorities; and Ginen Creations is just a little piece of it. So much more will come out of this name “Sophie Patel”.
-What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I usually like to read a nice book with a cup of tea or spend the time meditating. My life is really kind of boring lol. If I’m not traveling, working on Ginen Creations, spending time with my family, then that’s usually it. I love getting lost in books.
-You’re well known in the community as one of the top designers , how do you feel about that?
Well known wow, Thank you. It’s still kind of surreal especially when people recognize me while out or tag me because they recognize my work. I still have so much more to do, I’m not quiet there yet but I appreciate and I’m grateful for the love.
– What inspired you to choose that career?
My love for Fashion, and African and Haitian culture.Plus, I’ve always been obsessed with fashion. As I grew older, I fell in love with the mix of African and Haitian culture and that’s how Ginen Creations has started. I Went a different path over the years, ended up with degrees that had nothing to do with Fashion but in the end I found myself back here and realized that it’s my passion.
-How do you motivate yourself?
I think that when you love what you do it’s pretty easy. I often try to remember that I started this because it’s my passion, so many people believe in me, my husband, my daughter my day 1 supporters. That in itself is all the inspiration I need to push hard and take my empire to where I need it to be.
-What do you find the most frustrating aspect of being a fashion designer?
The most frustrating part is definitely the business aspect of it. Dealing with people who don’t understand your vision, who don’t respect your terms and values. I thank God for my great team of PR and Management ‘Atizan International’ been working with them since last year, they handle the business side now.
-Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
My goal for the rest of the year is to relaunch my website which we are working on now. I’ve been working on a lot of new pieces which will be revealed next year. I’m really focusing a little more on family right now. But I have a lot in stores. Just stay tuned
-Any advice for our young people out there?
My advice for any young person out there would be to always listen to your inner voice. To your heart, what it is that you want. Always follow your dreams and don’t worry about the outside noise.