We had the good fortune of connecting with Brice Everhart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brice, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind me starting my own business was wanting to help my mom because she was ill for some years and it resulted in her having to close her business. I saw and felt the impact of how devasting it was for her and the household. She was trying to do everything she could while fighting for her health. I had seen her work hard for years as an entrepreneur and also, witnessed my sister being a young entrepreneur. Instead of me just watching and not doing anything, I knew I could do something to help, so I asked my mom could I start a business. She initially told me she was not in a place to help me like she had helped my sister. I told her “I do not need your help, call your business friends.” She then asked what kind of business I wanted and I told her, “I will do something for men since my sister does not do anything for men and every time we go to an event, men are asking to buy something and she did not have anything.” I knew I could kill two birds in one stone- help my mom financially and provide men with custom men’s accessories. I told my mom “I will focus on the wealth and I want you to focus on your health!”
What should our readers know about your business?
Vallaire’s For Men provides quality handmade custom products that are uniquely designed for each customer by the hands of a young man who is inspired to address the limitations found in quality men’s accessories. My products first were created from remnants my sister used in creating her custom designs. I then started upcycling with materials such as old denim jeans, shower curtains, and paper products. I am most proud of starting a business at eight years old, and experienced how it opened doors for me to meet some of my idols such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Houston’s Mayor- Sylvester Turner, NBA Hall of Fame- Tracy McGrady, Chef Rey Reynold of the Houston Rockets, Actor- Fonzworth Bentley, Chef Jeff Henderson of Food Network’s reality series, “The Chef Jeff Project” and so many business and community leaders around the nation. I am thrilled about the number of relationships I have built over the last five years and the impact they have made on me and my business.
How did you get to where you are today business-wise?
I could not have gotten to where I am in business today without my family and community. Again, I have been blessed to meet some the most amazing and talented business and community leaders who were willing to take me under their wings and partner with me in learning (aka mentorship). I have learned a wealth of knowledge and wisdom from them, and in return, I have taught them that young people like myself are bright, innovative, and capable of running a business.
Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
No, it has not been easy, but very well worth every learning experience. I overcome all challenges through perseverance and keeping my eyes focus on my end goals. I have big dreams and aspirations for my life, and my business is just one vehicle that will help me to achieve my ultimate of becoming a business mogul and Dr. Brice M. Everhart by the age of 25.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
I have learned that remaining true to my WHY is my reason for starting/owning a business and it comes with great sacrifice and a significant amount of dedication is needed not only for your business, but to yourself as well. Other lessons are that relationships are essential in having a business, networking is key to expansion, and a team is critical for implementation and protecting your brand.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me a vision at an early age; my sister for being my role model; mom for being my WHY; dad for educating me about life, finances, investing, and becoming a man; late grand-mother for helping to cultivate me into the respectable and presentable young man and leader I am today; family and friends for the love, resources, and support over the years; community leaders and businessmen and women who mentor me and extended their networks; schools and organizations for inviting me to speak and host youth events; media outlets for sharing their platforms to share my story; but most of all- my Houston community for supporting my vision; and to all my valuable customers near and far who have successfully help me expand and grow Vallaire’s For Men over the last five years. I am so humbled and grateful for your continuous dedication ensuring I am a success story!
Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle