When I started my business 10 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I loved fashion. I knew that much. But I didn't know anything about running a business and was definitely naive about how much work it would take. It probably didn't help that I decided to start this business while working full-time, taking care of my then 2-year old son as a single mom, and going through grad school. I mean, what an opportune time to start a business! It was a little insane to say the least. I felt insane doing it, but at the same time it felt right. It felt like I was finally being honest with myself about what truly brought me joy. I was finally brave enough to step into who I was supposed to be. So, C'est la Mode Studio was born.
I was blessed to have an amazing mentor, who taught me everything I know about fashion shows, photo shoots and how to wrangle models back stage. I was new to the fashion scene and had a lot to learn. In normal circumstances, no one would've taken a chance on me. But he saw something in me, and he challenged me to bring that out. Because of that, my love for fashion became even stronger. As the years passed, I grew into the businesswoman in me. To be honest, the biggest thing holding me back was my own fear. My own fear of doing it wrong and failing. The thing is, I did fail. Multiple times over the years. And I'm sure I will fail again in the future. The key, however, is not letting those failures stop you in your tracks. The key is to wipe off the blood, sweat and tears, and keep going.
My business has been through so many ups and downs throughout the last 10 years. I would be lying if I said it has been nothing but good times and growth all these years. There have been times of professional and personal hardship and drought. But, we are here! We are 10 years strong! Now known as Mode by Rebeckah Ruth, we are still the same company dedicated to bringing out the inner beauty in people.
Thank you to all those who have supported us through the last 10 years.
Cheers to everything the future holds!