Soul to Sole
During our interview, one thing that really stood out to meÂ was hearing TianniaÂ describe howÂ sheÂ juggles herÂ incredibly packed schedule. SheÂ is nothing short of a modern day superwoman, and that is exactly who she keeps in mind when she designs. BarnesÂ considersÂ other women who do it allÂ because she can directly relate.
She has a 12-year-old son who she delights in, and a long list of other responsibilities. Additionally, she travels back and forth between three states each week; New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and does it with such easeÂ and grace. She attributes herÂ ability to effectively balance her schedule, because of herÂ strong discipline and faith.
Barnes also feels incrediblyÂ “blessed to have discoveredÂ her passion and purpose,” because sheÂ understands that not everyone is as fortunate. As a result, she is wholly committed to walking out her mission.
Her sheer “passion” is in fact,Â the very driving force that keeps her going in the midnight hours when others are fast asleep.Â BarnesÂ understands the significanceÂ inÂ buildingÂ her brand, acknowledgingÂ the impact that it canÂ have. SheÂ is “one of few African American shoe designers within her price point.” Thus, she realizes that herÂ cushyÂ newÂ venture has the capacity to transformÂ a traditionally, European-dominated industry in a major way. She believes that “more diversity within the high-end shoe industry is needed,” and is thrilled to help pave the way. Her signature line is a mix of classy, chic, bold, and colorful pumps, French t-straps and flats. It is sophisticated and designed so impeccably well that is destined to “inspire” all those who wear them.Â She is the sole designer of her brand and is “incredibly hands-on in the manufacturing and distribution process.”
Barnes takes a number of trips to Italy, “to ensure the line’s quality assurance,” and hasÂ a great relationship with her Italian-based supply chain and logistics company, who alsoÂ hasÂ distribution centers in New York.Â SheÂ believes that only now is she able to “freely be exactly who she was created to be,” and is determined more than ever, to encourage others to do the same. In an effort to further reinforce this concept, she has decided to name her upcoming fall/winter, 2016/2017 line, “Freedom.”
SteppingÂ Into Destiny
BarnesÂ took theÂ leap of faith into the world of high fashionÂ when sheÂ designedÂ this line. HerÂ goal is “to provide othersÂ anÂ opportunity to own a reasonably priced pair of Italian-crafted shoes,” created by a minority businesswoman. Her shoes areÂ a walking testimony of her faith, dedication, and drive. From soul to sole, this impassioned engineer, shoe designerÂ and loving mother is sure to leave her footprint in history. I met this fashionista many years agoÂ at Clark Atlanta University, so it is no surprise to me what she has accomplished! Will you join Barnes byÂ stepping intoÂ your destiny today?
Barnes’ final thoughts also included some advice to aspiring entrepreneurs;”1. Write your planÂ down. 2. Create actionable goals. 3. Take steps daily to get youÂ closer to those goals, and 4. Be flexible and open to the path changing a bit along the way. SheÂ also suggests networking and sharing what you do with others, toÂ get theÂ help you need to progress.”
If you missed Part I, be sure to check it out here.
Barnes’sÂ story and passion immediately come through in all of her designs, inspiring us for a lifetime.Â For more information about Tiannia BarnesÂ and her exquisite line, visitÂ www.tianniabarnes.com.