Alright, so this post isn’t necessarily about travel but it is about exploring my friend’s journey to successful entrepreneurship. I wanted to highlight women who are “doing their thang”! Shannon Anderson is the owner and founder of Prissy*ness, an online and mobile fashion boutique. Yes! You heard right! She has a mobile boutique; a concept I have always adored. What I love most about the fashion truck is that you can find many unique pieces.
Shannon has always had a love for fashion and beauty, a passion that was passed down from her mother which Shannon has passed on to her daughter. Her background in fashion merchandising and business has given her keen eye on what’s hot and fueled her desire to start Prissy*ness.
Tahlee Mambia: How did you come up with the name “Prissy*ness” for your mobile boutique?
Shannon Anderson: The original name was going to be “Vain-ish” but it conflicted with another friend’s business so I scratched that and decided to go with something that was a bit more personal. Growing up people would call me prissy and it stuck. So my business is a reflection of me.
TM: The Prissy*ness vision has changed and evolved over the first 10 months you have been operating. Tell me about that.
SA: Yeah it has, a couple things have changed. I started out with jewelry, beautiful statement pieces that would make any outfit. However, as I started to attend more trade shows I decided to expand by adding wardrobe pieces to my collection. The clothes have taken the forefront of my business. It was at that same time I decided to make my online store a mobile store as well. Now I have the Prissy*ness Fashion truck.
TM: Tell me about the clothes and jewelry you pick. How do you decided what you will show case?
SA: “You will buy a statement piece not a whole outfit”. So I pick pieces that are ethnic, majestic and unique; that’s my formula. For the DC market, most of the time I go with a Bohemian look. So pieces with a Turkish, African and Tibetan influence. However, I’m not limited to that.
TM: You buy your pieces at trade shows correct? What trade shows do you attend and how often?
SA: The trade shows I attend are based on proximity. I hold a full-time job and I’m a mom of two, so attending these shows has to work with my schedule. I usually hit the shows in New York City. I’m on the first train Sunday morning and on the last train leaving NYC.
Every vendor wants you to buy something from them, I don’t have time to visit every vendor. Prior to the show I map out a plan of what vendors I will see. It’s usually based on what season I’m buying for and the price point. I have to make sure a piece is worth buying and if my clients will pay the markup price.
TM: What was your biggest fear with starting this venture?
SA: There were two: 1) Driving the truck because it’s so big. I drive like a “granny” when hauling it. 2) No one would buy my stuff.
TM: The fears you have can’t be your fears anymore because you have this truck all over the city, lol! And your pieces are selling, I know because I have purchased several!
What challenges have you had? If any?
SA: I have had other business ventures before, so getting “Prissy*ness” up and running wasn’t too bad. The challenges came with 1) finding vendors and merchandise that worked for my clientele, 2) choosing the appropriate venue, event or street festival that would appeal to my “target customers”; people love the idea of buying off fashion trucks but you have to find where those people are! 3) Filling the need of the “plus size” woman. Many vendors don’t carry many plus sizes which bothers me because I want to cater to all of my clients
TM: Being a mobile boutique, what services can you offer your clientele?
SA: I offer a few things, 1) I can set-up displays for private events at your home, 2) I also do open house/ grand opening events for businesses and 3) I can bring the “Prissy*ness” fashion truck to your home.
TM: Given your experience, can you share three pearls for entrepreneurs just starting out?
SA: Sure! 1) Don’t give up when business gets slow 2) Keep your vision! Don’t change it just because others don’t agree with it, it’s yours and 3) Do your research. Make sure you know how starting your business will affect your family life, identify your support system and it helps to have a schedule.
TM: Is there anything else you would like us to know about “Prissy*ness”?
SA: When I look at my collection, every item is a piece I want to wear. The items are unique and speak for themselves. My collection is one of quality and exclusivity, one piece alone can set your “look” apart from all others!
You can shop Prissy*ness and find Shannon at www.prissyness.com , on Facebook Prissyness and on IG @simplyprissyness
Enjoy the Journey,