Rachelle Rose Designs
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of my ability to take a risk when the time is right. I got to Laramie because I knew I wasn't in the right place. I sold almost everything I owned, packed up my car and headed west. On my way to Portland, OR I met my now husband and stayed in Laramie. As a result, I've gotten to focus on my business full time. It hasn't always been easy, but I'm proud that I've pushed through the hard times, knowing that a success is around the corner. I guess I would say that being truly happy in all facets of my life is my biggest personal accomplishment. Cheesy but honest!
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
Currently, I'm working on making my business plan sustainable, more environmentally friendly. I don't want to create clothing with fabrics that have unknown origins. So my goal is to source smarter and create styles with little to no waste. I want to be part of the solution, not add to the problem of the wasteful fashion industry.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I am working closing with Rosemary Bratton on The Hilde Project. It's a company that will teach and employ disenfranchised women in the Wyoming area. We develop products that use only donated fabric and old clothing. We use all scrap material possible. I will be teaching women how to sew, read patterns, cut them, felt, dye and be a mentor if necessary. I, then, hope to be their employer as Rachelle Rose Designs. This is still in progress so maybe it's not quite an achievement yet, but we start classes in November. It's very close to my heart in many ways, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
Being part of the Small Business Saturday Team, I feel makes a big difference in Laramie. Part of the reason I love Laramie, is the strong sense of community. Everyone lifts each other up, and getting to be part of the SBS team has helped me get to know people that are huge community advocates. I was able to connect with small businesses and also have a pop-up shop at the Main Street Office. I am proud that is it a successful event and that consumers and putting their money back into our community.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I am most excited about the Art Scene! It's so great to be in a town that is small but makes such big statements. I've traveled a lot and lived in a lot of places and not many places compare on this level. It's exciting to have young professionals developing successful businesses here too. I am thrilled to be a part of both and can't wait to see what we do next!
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
There are so many! First of all, my husband, Danial has made it possible for my business to thrive and expand. He has supported me while I worked full time on Rachelle Rose Designs and I am forever grateful. Also, my family has always supported my career and continues to do so.
I think that I'm able to adapt, listen and change accordingly. I am aware that I don't know it all, and I believe my willingness to change continues to help in my success. And also, my ability to get back up and move forward when things don't go as expected. It's not easy! But it is part of life and business, it makes the successful moments that much more exciting.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
If you are just starting out, be patient. This can be difficult, because you always want success...and a paycheck! Building my business has taken time. I know I still have a long way to go, and things don't always go as planned. But, if you have passion, dedication and you are willing to put in a LOT of time, you will achieve your goals! Stay true to yourself, your morals and your business and you will know what success is really all about.