We had the good fortune of connecting with Shauna Harper and Selena Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shauna and Selena, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Owners of Define Me Greek: Shauna Harper and Selena Young
As California, Bay Area natives and proud members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, we noticed nowadays it’s hard to find stylish Greek apparel that makes a bold statement and is tailored to each organization at an affordable price. Every organization is different and every chapter is unique, so we thought about creating a way for members to stand out in a positive light. Define Me Greek is the first Greek apparel company to specialize in signature definition tees and accessories. We pride ourselves on preserving the legacy and tradition of each organization.
Owning a Define Me Greek tee is an experience! Our designs don’t generally have the sorority/fraternity letters – and that’s intentional. Because of our unique concept, people often inquire about the meaning of your shirt – giving you the chance to define who you are and what you do as an organization.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are two Black female entrepreneurs from Oakland, California. We are both members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. We started our company, Define Me Greek, in 2012. It’s the first Greek apparel company to specialize in signature-definition tees and accessories. We started with $500 (individual contributions of $250 each) and grew our business to six figures. This year marks 10 years in business!
We have an extension of our brand called “Bossy Black Girl” where we support the growth of women-owned businesses by providing grants, hosting entrepreneurial workshops, sharing business tips and resources, and so much more!
We have the opportunity to create something magical! It’s very rewarding to start with an idea and bring it to fruition. We have a flexible schedule and have the opportunity to travel the world, design meaningful apparel, and give back at the same time.
We would love to expand our brand by helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch their businesses. We’re looking to invest in other companies/entities, participate in speaking engagements, and host business workshops to share our story and help others achieve their goals.
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?
We live in the Bay Area home of great music, art, historic landmarks, community activism, and amazing sports teams.
Some of our favorite places to visit would be, of course, our hometown of Oakland, Ca. We would spend the day visiting the home of the Black Panther Party, patronize several Black-owned businesses, partake in a picnic at Lake Merritt then head across the bridge to the city of San Francisco to ride a cable car and walk across the Golden Gate bridge. Next, we would take a ride up north to end our day in the city of Napa enjoying amazing wine and beautiful views!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to recognize our sorority. The root of our friendship was fostered through the essence of our illustrious sisterhood.
We also want to thank our fellow sorority sisters from around the world + members of the Divine Nine for supporting our endeavors over the years. It is because of their continuous support we’ve been in business for ten years!
Photographer: Aliah Husain @aliahbrandco