We had the good fortune of connecting with Kumani Mendes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kumani, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always had entrepreneurial skills but actually starting my own business came to my mind around the start of COVID. I was going through a lot in that point of my life and I got laid off from my job at the time. I sat back and thought to my self, “it’s all or nothing”. I took the biggest risk of My life and now I am a fashion designer and I also own a food truck
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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 from others is that for me, my point of view is business isn’t a race or a competition between me and others, It’s a marathon and I’m competing within myself to go harder and accomplish something new everyday . It’s definitely not easy being a business owner, anything in life isn’t easy you have to work for it.
What i want the world to know about me and my brand is that I’m self made and my brand came from square one and if I can do it you can too. Believe in your dreams and stay consistent and blessings will come your way !

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I usually hang out downtown, I like to go eat at restaurants that have good food. My favorite restaurant is shell shack because they have tasty seafood and great drinks ! The food in Houston is unlimited and unmatched!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So on my journey of becoming who I am today, my family has been my biggest support system. My sister, Brittany Strong, is always pushing me to be better than I am the day before. I would also like to give a big shoutout to astonishing apparel and Foreignmade for guiding me in the right direction and allowing me to see how designers operate.
And last but not least, I would like to thank god because without him, none of my accomplishments would be possible !

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