Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Adinuba.
Hi Chelsea, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started sewing at the age of 14 years old. There was a sewing machine that my sister had received for Christmas that was laying around in my house. One day, I decided to teach myself how to sew using that machine. I had a variety of products in mind ranging from shirts, pants, scrunchies, durags, and my bestselling item: bonnets. I started to sew after school and I started to get better as I continued overtime. I come from a predominately Black County – Prince George’s County. I lived in Prince George’s County my entire life before moving into college, and the young women in my community loved my bonnets because they were large, reversible, and made from satin material. I started to take my business seriously during the covid-19 pandemic and I would make sales all around the world. Eventually, I wrote a book at the age of 16 years old titled “How To Be a Young Boss” that is on sale all around the world as well.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road. There is a popular quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” As a young entrepreneur, you are still learning new strategies for your business. Sometimes, you may compare your business to other businesses and that can make the road bumpy. Also when you have great ideas and they do not produce the great results you had in mind immediately, it can discourage you. You have to wake up everyday and know that God has a plan for you to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. When you keep that in mind, you will be able to overcome any trial that may come your way. Some struggles I experienced were comparison and things not happening at the time. I wanted them to happen, but I realized that all those bumpy roads helped build my character, broaden my ideas, and encourage other people to keep going.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about ChelsDesigns?
I started to take my business seriously during March of 2020. I am a self-taught fashion designer and I wrote a total of two books. My first book came out when I was 16 years old titled “How To Be a Young Boss” and my second book came out at my current age of 17 years old titled “Heart over Hustle.” As an entrepreneur and author, I specialize in turning old clothes into new clothes, designing items from scratch, and writing. For example, I turn college sweaters into two-piece sets that girls can rock on campus! I have been on the news a total of 9 times (seven on television and two on the newspaper). I have a podcast titled “Grow With Me” that has reached over 11 countries and I also enjoy public speaking at events to others of all ages. I am most proud how I am able to make everything by hand and turn it into something many people are using/know about worldwide. I am also proud that I am able to teach other people what I learned as a young entrepreneur so they can learn from my wins and mistakes and become the best that they could possibly be. I want my readers to know: you can be anything that you want in life if you set your goals, believe in yourself, and apply work in day in and day out. It is okay if your results do not come immediately, all beautiful things take time.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I see my industry going bigger than it could ever be. If I am able to reach multiple states and countries since I was 15 years old, I know that the only direction to go is up. I want to open my own practice in a building and one day have people working for me. I am also interested in creating new ideas for the youth and ultimately giving back to my community in the best way that I can.
- 25 (First Book: How To Be a Young Boss) Please only make purchases on my website!
- 20 (Second Book: Heart over Hustle)
- 65 (College two piece sets)
- 20 (Reversible satin bonnets)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: designsbychels.com
- Instagram: @chelsdesignss
- Twitter: @CHELSDESIGNS
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkkYeWtFMFsnHtikCqvDZ0A
- Other: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grow-with-me/id1537416650