20 Dec Dionne Ellison
What inspired you to create Vuliwear?
I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit and I come from a family of talented and fashionable women. My mother was a gifted seamstress who could sew without a pattern. I have a sister that’s an awesome fashion designer specializing in evening wear and another sister that is an artist/seamstress. Four years ago, I was at work surfing the internet and came across photographs of insects that were magnified so large that you could their compound eyes and the patterns and colors were strikingly beautiful. I believe it was a horsefly that really caught my attention. The first thing that popped into my mind was “Wow, that would make a cool pair of sunglasses!” I ran it by my sister and best friend and they initial responded with “eeww”, but once I was able to get them to see past the creepy crawly, they saw the beauty.
It made me take note and recognize all of the beauty that surrounds us, some we can’t even see with the naked eye.
I had no idea how to manufacture sunglasses, but I did my research, wrote a business plan, connected with some great people who were willing to help and blessed to have my boss at the time believe in me and Vuliwear enough to invest.
What advice can you give to people that have a dream or currently working on their dream?
Stop putting it off and telling yourself all the reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do it. We tend to be our own worst enemy. Also, keep your dream to yourself as much as you can at least until you get it off the ground. Friends and family can sometimes be discouraging, even if it’s unintentional. You have to stay focused and determined. Most importantly, have faith in yourself and a power beyond your own to guide you through.
You have to put in the work. What you put in is what you’ll get out and hopefully much more. I don’t want to grow old saying woulda, coulda, shoulda. I’m okay with saying it didn’t work, but I tried. We only get one life to live, so go for it!
Please share one of your favorite Christmas song and a movie.
My favorite Christmas song is Vanessa Williams’ version of “What Child is This?”
I love all of the old animated Baskin & Rankin Christmas movies from my childhood: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but my favorite is “The Year without a Santa Claus” with Heat Miser and Snow Miser.
African Twig Mantis
When you are not busy, what do you like to do for fun?
I love watching movies, especially Horror movies!
Do you have a quote or motto you go by that motivates you everyday?
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
I even have a ring inscribed with that verse that I wear almost every day.