We had the good fortune of connecting with Tenisha Granville and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tenisha, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
That everything needs to be in place before you start. Yes there’s certain things that you should have in place but you don’t need everything in place. One advice I was told was just start. And it’s true, once you just start things tend to fall in place. You probably have a million things on your task list that you want to accomplish before you launch but there will be even more ideas you haven’t even thought about once you start. So I say just go for it.
What should our readers know about your business?
“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.” — Coco Chanel
We chose the South African meaning of “Kai” which translates to “beautiful”.
KAI LABEL was created with inner beauty in mind and with the idea to translate divine feminine beauty into fun, flattering, and colorful women’s fashion!
Why? Because we believe in being beautiful inside and out.
With curated pieces inspired by the feminine essence of women, KAI aims to not only make a woman feel beautiful within her own skin, but to encourage her to feel attractive in every sense of the word. Attractive in her personality through her kindness and wit, through her knowledge and intelligence, and through her natural, feminine elegance.
KAI LABEL was born in January of 2021, but the idea began back in 2009 with the desire to create a clothing brand that was fun, feminine, and above all, beautiful. With her family’s roots in Jamaica, but born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, owner Tenisha Granville relocated to Texas in 2014. She’s had a career in hospital accreditation for nearly twelve years, but KAI LABEL has always been her dream. Considering KAI a fun outlet, she hopes to fulfill her creative side through this new venture while bringing women gorgeous luxury brand clothing they can feel beautiful wearing.
KAI LABEL features a mix of flowy, figure-hugging, and colorful designs that call on summertime, tropical vacations, and memorable nights. KAI also brings to mind the confidence every woman feels when she’s wearing the perfect outfit, whether it’s a gorgeous evening dress, cute weekend outfit, or work-appropriate attire that boasts a bold personality!
At KAI, we hope to help you express yourself through our clothing, but above all, we want to help you look and feel as classy, confident, and beautiful as we know that you are.
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?
I still have a lot to learn about Houston and all the gems it has to offer. I know there’s many areas in Houston to enjoy, but I mostly love a nice semi-outside patio or rooftop, live music while enjoying good food and company.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s so many people and experiences to mention throughout my life that contribute to where I am today. But, I believe my work ethic and my current and future success comes from my mother and father. I’ve witnessed them work hard every day no matter if they are feeling ill. I knew one day I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Just by witnessing my dad in his many entrepreneurial initiatives I knew one day I would be. Over the years, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to get into or focus on, but I knew I wanted to tap into fashion at some point. I know there’s more that I would get into and this is just a start.
Pictures: Right Time Solutions @righttimesolutions Makeup: Starr Charles @trans_look Suit dress: KAI LABEL @kailabel_