We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly LeDay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When i was ten years ago and my cousins, Bailee was eight years old we made their first product. It was a simple “potion”, which was just a fancy name for “a mixture of all the liquid soap in the house we could get our hands on.”
A couple of years later, that same duo created a whole business plan for a restaurant. It included every detail you would need to build, run, and advertise a restaurant, at least it included every detail a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old could think of. For years we continued to brainstorm business ideas, concoct new creations, and dream about someday having our own business.
In the summer of 2019, after years of fantasizing about owning our own business and planning things that were never implemented, we finally decided to hold a meeting and design our business plan and come up with a name for our business NOIRE Bath and Body.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently work as a coordinator for LSU’s Entrepreneurship Institute, where I plan events for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and community members. I have a background in marketing and event planning and worked for the amazing company, VAR Events, while I was an undergrad student. I’m most proud of my commitment to engaging with others and supplying both students and the community with resources that I am blessed to have access too. I’ve always been involved in events since I planning parties for friends in elementary school to my high school senior trip with 40 people by myself. I’ve always dreamed of becoming a great host and event planner for my jobs, family, and community and continue to be on that pathway. It came pretty naturally to me and that’s why I push myself to do even better when planning future events. Some lessons I’ve earned along the way was to be patient, not everything or everyone will move as fast as you’d like them too but that God has a plan. Also, be kind to everyone even when you aren’t having the best day, you never know if that person can change your life. I’d like the world to know that NOIRE is not only a handmade and vegan brand, but it’s a lifestyle. Our motto is,”EVERYDAY IS A SELF-CARE DAY,” and we whole-heartedly follow it and encourage others to do so. We love and promote body care but also promote the importance of mental, physical, and emotional self-care.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a pretty chill person now since COVID but I’m still a traveler and love to show my friends a good time! Since it’s a week long trip I’d have the itinerary:
Morning coffee/juice and breakfast – Southern Cofe in Main Street Market
Visit – Check out the lsu museum or art since it’s free on sundays
Shop – At Goodwill and other thrift stores (we love a good deal lol)
Chill – Movie/TV Night at home watching Euphoria and drinking margaritas
(this same order would apply everyday, except i’d switch out places to eat/drink and hangout/visit to the places below)
Places we eat / drink:
The Main Lobby (new)
Mid City Beer Garden (craft beer)
Ava’s (has some of the best Pho)
Solou (best Louisiana styled food)
Tsunami (best skyline view of baton rouge)
Cookies from Crumble Cookies
Places To Visit/Hangout:
Farmer’s Market downtown to get some locally grown wine, mushrooms, and plants
Live after 5 festival downtown on Friday
Attend and LSU basketball or football game
Yoga on the lawn at Tin Roof Brewery
Day trip to NOLA to view some art, party on Frenchman street, and eat in the By Water
Paint on the LSU parade grounds while listening to music
Have a dance party at my house and make s’mores outside on the deck
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to the most supportive person on the planet, Bryce Williams. He is a mechanical engineer AND up and coming cinematographer who is inspires to showcase the stories of local entrepreneurs and uplift younger people by encouraging them to take their passions and turn them into their dream job. He wants to showcase that you can work in STEM and also be a creative.
His brand is Chateaux Rouge Cinema
Facebook: Carly LeDay