We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Bosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been a creative person- I attribute that to my mom. Looking back throughout my life I’ve always been happiest when I’m creating- whether it be through my fashion, spaces in my home or making a meal for my loved ones- creating has always been a part of who I am but always as a hobby. I got my license as a dental hygienist in 2020 and after about a year, it became very clear that I needed to embrace my creative spirit in a more full time way. I truly believe that when you’re doing something you’re meant to do, the doors open just at the right time and that’s exactly how I feel about Abner Hats.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Abner Hats came from a place of wanting more from my life. I can’t say that my passion has always been hats or hat making or hat accessorizing- if I’m being honest before I started Abner Hats I probably wore a hat maybe 5 times in my life. To me, Abner Hats isn’t just about the physical aspect of a hat, it’s about creating something for a woman that makes her feel confident. I once had a fellow vendor tell me after a market that all day they were captivated by my booth because every woman that left with a hat had the biggest smile and they could just tell these women felt so confident and beautiful and it truly brought me to tears- and still brings me to tears! That’s what drives me. Getting to this point in my business, even though it’s still very new, has definitely come with challenges- a failed partnership, struggles in finding a work/life balance, exhausting days, endless trial and error. I’m empowering myself and the women I meet to feel confident in their own skin, to be bold and maybe do something that makes them feel a little uncomfortable and there’s camaraderie in that. At the end of the day, I’m proud of what I’m creating for myself and for the experience I’m creating for my customers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston hasn’t always been home for me. I grew up in a small east Texas town and moved to Houston with my husband in 2015 and at first the city was overwhelming, and kind of still is. There is so much to see and do and eat- there’s a lot of things to eat which is great because I am foodie at heart for sure! For restaurants my go-to spots are Anthonie’s Market Grill, Fat Bao, Joy Love Burger, Crawfish N’ Noodles- I love anything that’s local and unique. I’d definitely have to take someone to my favorite local shops- The Flora Culture, Wildflower Threads and Kalos Eidos Wild Blooms. Truly, the best thing about Houston is there is so much diversity and culture here which means the possibilities are endless.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it weren’t for the overwhelming love and support I receive every day. I am so fortunate to not only have my family and friends cheering me on but the community of small business women that I’ve met through Abner Hats is second to none. To know these women is one thing, but to be able to create alongside them, learn from them and watch their hard work pay off has been the most encouraging and priceless part of this experience. I think the saying “it takes a village” applies to so many aspects of life and I am so so thankful for the village I have!
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