We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiana Goode and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiana, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to design and create from from discarded and repurposed materials. I envisioned creating with less waste, allowing for more imaginative designs. So, my designs consist of upcycled, vintage and new materials.
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.
I have been creating things from scraps my whole life. Whether fashion or food. I have a knack of seeing possibilities, where others just see leftovers. I Ieft the corporate world in 2017, relocating from Maryland to Texas. Moving from part-time to full-time was scary and exciting. DC had great resources for women businesses. I have not found any groups like that since I have been in Texas. So, learning new state laws and requirements have been a hurdle. You are left to do a lot of self discovery here (Texas). As my brand continues to evolve, I would like people to know that I make each piece with an eye of love. I do not typically create large quantities of items. I can produce multiples for custom orders. But when using repurposed materials, I let the pieces tell me what they want to be. Two years ago, I began donating proceeds from sales to support a village in Saboti, Kenya. I traveled to Africa for the first time in 2016. It was life changing. We have donated towards land, school buildings, food, agriculture and shelter. It has been amazing to see the transformation.
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.
Well, if the weather was nice – we’d head out to Surfside Beach for early morning activities. Guest always want BBQ, we would head to Truth and if it’s crawfish season, The Boot or Captain Crawfish. Then get a night cap at Urban Social.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to make two shoutouts. 1. To may daughter, LaTara Jeffers – serial entrepreneur. Who believes her mom can create anything and inspires me every day. 2. My sister Shalla Rogers, is my wind and net and scales. She lifts me when I am down, she catches me when I am spiraling out of control, and she keeps me balance.