It’s not easy for a young person to “wear their faith on your sleeve” but this young lady has no problem owning her faith and letting the world have a piece if it. Chelsea Eubank, owner and founder of the clothing company, “Faithful Fish” has endured alot of pain during her 21 years on this Earth. Ironically so, her tribulations have served as the driving force having strong faith and being very successful. Here’s what Chelsea had to say about how she’s walking by faith and not by sight with “Faithful Fish”:
FBE: Where are you from and where is the company based?
CE: FROM ATLANTA AND WE ARE BASED IN ATLANTA
FBE: How did you derive at the name “Faithful Fish”?
CE: MY MOM ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH THE NAME
FBE: What motivated you to launch a clothing line?
CE:I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN LOVE WITH CLOTHES. WHEN I WAS 17 I LOST MY 41 YEAR OLD UNCLE, GRANDMOTHER WITHIN 4 MONTHS AND THEN 3 WEEKS LATER MY FATHER PASSED AWAY ON THE PHONE WITH ME. I WANTED TO WEAR SOMETHING PREPPY AND TRENDY TO QUIETLY SHOW MY
FAITH AND THERE WAS NOTHING OUT THERE. I WENT TO MY MOM AND TOLD HER I
WANTED TO START A CHRISTIAN CLOTHING COMPANY.
FBE: Did you design clothing prior to the launch of “Faithful Fish”?
CE: YES,WE DESIGNED THE LOGO. MOST OF THE LINE I HAVE DRAWN OUT IS NOT EVEN BEING
SOLD, WE STARTED VERY SMALL.
FBE: Who works with you?
CE: I HAVE A FINANCIAL MANAGER, IT COMPANY, RETAIL SALES PERSON, PR COMPANY AND A RETAIL/ONLINE CONSULTANT.
FBE: What inspires your designs?
CE: I GIVE BACK A PORTION OF SALES TO CHARITIES AND THAT IS A BIG DRIVER FOR ME. I ALSO WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND BEING FAITHFUL CAN BE COOL AND AND FUN. IT NEVER HAS TO BE IN YOUR FACE.
FBE: Who is the typical “Faithful Fish” consumer?
CE: I SEE FAITHFUL FISH IN THE FUTURE AS BEING SOMETHING LIKE RALPH LAUREN. CLOTHING FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE.
FBE: Has your line been featured in any national publications or on television?
CE:YES, COSMOGIRL, I WAS JUST IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, IGNITE YOUR FAITH. THE ATLANTA JOURNAL DID AN ENTIRE PAGE IN THE SUNDAY PAPER.
FBE: Who or what personally inspires you to push forth with your career?
CE: MY FAITH AND MY MOM
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FBE: Do you find that the fashion industry has any challenges that have given you slight setbacks?
CE: YES, I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT I AM DOING SO I HAVE MADE MISTAKES. I REACH OUT TO MENTOR’S A LOT.
FBE: Where can people purchase your line?
CE:ONLINE AND A FEW BOUTIQUES THIS SUMMER.
FBE: Who is your favorite designer?
CE: RALPH LAUREN
FBE: What advice would you have for young entrepreneurs who aspire to run
their own company and start their own clothing line?
CE: GET HELP, ASK PEOPLE FOR ADVICE – FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND JUST DO IT!
FBE: Where do you see “Faithful Fish” in the next five years?
CE: BIG ENOUGH THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE OVER A $1,000,000 A YEAR AWAY.
FBE:How can people contact you for more information (website, myspace,
facebook, email, etc.)?
CE: WWW.FAITHFULFISH.COM, MYSPACE, TWITTER AND FACEBOOK!
FBE: Please feel free to add anything that you may want FBENOW viewers to
know that I didn’t ask.
CE: MARK VICTOR HANSEN THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL SERIES
HAS CREATED A NEW SERIES CALLED “RICHEST KIDS IN AMERICA”. I AM ONE OF
THE 10 KIDS IN THE BOOK. I HAVE BEEN IN LA WITH MARK TWICE SPEAKING TO
OVER 300 PEOPLE. MARK IS COMING TO ATLANTA ON MAY 12TH AND MAY 31ST TO
SPEAK WITH ME TO LARGE VENUES WITH 1400 TO 8000 PEOPLE. I AM ALSO ONE OF
THE ONLINE MONEY EXPERTS FOR SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE.
I HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY AND I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
VIEWERS KNOW THAT. I WENT TO LD SCHOOLS AND ATTEND THE ONLY FOUR YEAR
ACCREDITED LD COLLEGE IN AMERICA. IT WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME, BUT WHEN I
GO AND TALK TO STUDENTS I ALWAYS TELL THEM THAT EVERYONE HAS A TALENT AND
EVERYONE HAS A DISABILITY. THEY JUST NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEIR TALENT
IS AND GO FOR THE GOLD.