Today’s “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway item is a handbag from Rock.Paper.Heels. In business for a year and a half, Rock.Paper.Heels. has become known for their funky, creative and one of a kind fashion accessories. Check out our interview with the owner, 28-year-old Gwen Stephens, below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Gwendolyn Stephens: My name is Gwenolyn Stephens. I am 28 years of age, from a small town in Mississippi by the name of Indianola. I am the mother of a vibrant 11-year-old and Alexia Jor’dan is the reason why I am who I am today. I would have never imagined that I could love someone as unconditionally as I do that child. I acquired my love for fashion from my mother who is deceased now. (God Rest her Soul). She was always dressed to impress and always had on a pair of heels, which is why I feel my obsession with heels is all my mother’s fault. I must say I am carrying on her legacy.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What prompted you to start your own business?
GS: Fashion is a creative outlet allowing you to express yourself through garments, accessories and heels with different fabrics, textures and colors. To be fashionable, one must believe they have all the attention on them (in a good way) and own their presence, but most women do not exude this confidence. I began my brand to help guide those individuals that lacked the knowledge and confidence to be comfortable in their garments. I realize that style is a person’s way of expressing themselves through garments and not everything in fashion is going to be understood, but as long as you stay true to yourself you would have accomplished your goal of being a fashionista.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Tell us a little about the type of products you offer.
GS: Even for those who are not artistically inclined, wearing custom garments enables you to be more creative and express yourself in a way you would have never imagined. I think that is an added bonus to our clients. A customer can have the gratification knowing that this dress I am wearing is unique and no one else would have the same exact garment or carry this clutch. Some of our custom pieces may be a garment designed by myself or a custom clutch. No two pieces are ever alike. With that said, our custom pieces are created to give both men and women a stylish, trendy, yet modern look that can be tailored to be sophisticated, contemporary, edgy or a mixture of all. RockPaperHeels and RockPaperKicks places the “Style in Stylish.”
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What projects do you have going on?
GS: We just partnered with a designer based out of New York that will be customizing a lot of our Fall 2014 pieces as well as a local designer. With that particular collaboration, we will focus more so on our upscale gentleman collection. We are pretty excited about the collaboration and hoping to expand our markets both nationally and globally. Also, this year we have partnered with a few local charities to partake in community service and just give back to the community.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?
GS: I have never been so happy in my life because I am fulfilling my dreams all while making the people around me look fierce! Watch out world, this is not the last of Gwenolyn Stephens. That’s a promise!
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