NATCHEZ – Mississippi fashion house owner Jessica Hawkins recently cut the ribbon to officially open her business at 414 Main Street in Natchez.
With John Grady Burns and his side, he maintains a tradition at the Burns shoe store, which first opened over 100 years ago.
The former community connection in Natchez took a leap of faith when he left his position with the city. He loved her connecting position, but she knew he also had to start a new chapter.
Hawkins said it took about eight months to set up his business.
“It was time for me to step forward and work towards making my dreams come true,” Hawkins said. “I knew I had to do it. I know you have to spend a lot of time. They have all been so supportive. It was bittersweet. “
Bringing the trendy taste
Her goal for the store is to bring flavor to the fashion industry in Natchez. She loves fashion and helping people find out more about themselves.
Fashion is one of the ways people shape their identity. It is a spectrum with both conservative dark and neutral colors as well as vibrant and colorful.
Everyone has their own style, he said. For example, the cheetah print is one of his favorite styles of him.
“Every Wednesday I got something at the shop. That’s how I learned what I liked and it was taking care of myself, ”Hawkins said.
The store’s inventory is a blend of bespoke clothing and brands. It was a process of figuring out which fashion would work well in the community, she said.
The interior of the Mississippi House of Fashion follows a theme each month. Their theme from January to February is heaven on earth. Inside, the activity is bright with gold, green and a rainbow of colors.
Their biggest challenge opening the business was staying motivated, he said.
“We’ve moved on through all of this,” Hawkins said. “I have learned that this community will encourage you. It doesn’t matter what. Keep going and keep moving. I know it will be a beautiful thing. ”
Personalize your personal style
Mississippi House of Fashion hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 10am to 7pm and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm. Monday to Thursday is for personal styling and is by appointment only.
Personal style gives Hawkins the opportunity to meet a client to determine what style they want. She has created a style for them that they will appreciate.
It’s common for people to be nervous about a personal styling date, she said. However, once a person takes a deeper dive, they become more comfortable with different styles. Also, the store has different sizes for everyone.
“I love working with people who are willing to try,” Hawkins said. “If something doesn’t work, let’s move on to the next style.”