We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittny Ray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind B Jolie was literally a dream. I have always been a creative person, whether it meant painting, drawing, coloring, or designing. I woke up one day and went out to buy everything I needed to make my first round of shirts. Everything was horrible, but it didn’t stop me. I went searching for any and every YouTube video I could get my hands on.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart is my focus to uplift people of color and the marginalized by taking their thoughts, mixing it with my creative spirit, and then displaying OUR art so they can wear it with pride. While B Jolie is my business my creations are inspired by and for my customers.
I am here today via this mantra “Hustle Hard and Stay Humble”. I even use this mantra as a design on various products offered through my website BJolie.shop and it is a top seller. It was definitely hard to get here. B Jolie started as a side hustle. I am a full-time teacher with Kipp Texas however after my first year I realized it was becoming a second full-time job. This did not happen by chance. I thoroughly enjoy being creative and presenting the finished products to satisfied customers so my business grew because I hustled daily. I hustled even when I had no orders. I just sat at my kid-sized card table with my computer, machines, and imagination. In the process, I learned to perfect my craft.
The lessons I have learned are many and I don’t mind sharing a few. One is in order to grow sometimes you have to be okay with being uncomfortable. Another is that starting over is not a bad thing. Finally, and most importantly Manifest that shit.
The world should know that I am a southern girl, born in Louisiana whose roots are strong and deep. The word Jolie of B Jolie is creole meaning beautiful. With my products I want people to be beautiful as their true and authentic selves.
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.
I would take my bestie to Urban Social. It is the newest bar in the city that gives you a neighborhood vibe. I then would make a point to pick up an order of sweet treats from Creole Confections to enjoy in the Montrose area park. All while hoping to catch a local artist playing for the crowds.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Olivia Jones is a 14yr old owner of Creole Confections. She is a south ore at Katy High, business owner, travel volleyball player, honor roll student, and currently in an Army Education Outreach Program at University of Houston.