Success Lifestyle Magazine Issue 6- October 2019 - Page 23

Gabrielle Clarke A Rebel with a Bag What happens when you’re deemed a “problem” child? You have 2 choices: show everyone that you’re better than what they think or live up to your name while wallowing in self-pity. Gabrielle Clarke grew up in a stable home where she was provided with what she needed when her mother could afford it. She craved emotional support from her parents but was considered a “problem” child and told that she would be a failure. Instead of believing this lie, Gabrielle made it her mission to prove her parents wrong. This “problem” child has grown into a 23-year-old boss babe, poised to build an empire. Growing up in scarcity, and in an environment where much was not expected from her, fueled Gabrielle’s passion to become a successful entrepreneur. She wanted to create a way to have the abundance she desires. I had a vibrant conversation with her recently and learnt more about how her business, Quaint by GSC, has helped her grow. What was the pivotal moment in your life that influenced you to become an entrepreneur? I’m a multi-dimensional person who is artistic and creative. It may seem a bit strange that I originally wanted to become a medical doctor. To be honest, I was conforming to my parents’ and society’s expectation that I should find a stable career that would pay well. I wasn’t accepted into the medical programme at UWI but I was placed in biochemistry. While in my first year, I applied for a transfer to dentistry and was accepted. So, I began UWI’s Issue �: October ���� dentistry programme in my second year but could not continue because the tution was exorbitant. Throughout this period, I was finding creative ways to use my skills to earn money because I was essentially depending on myself. A dentistry student who braids hair... what a piece a excitement! My Rex Nettleford Hall family knew me as the braiding queen. My creativity didn’t stop there though; I made my own clothes and wore a jumpsuit I made to a popular party on campus, Hard Wine. Someone saw me in it and encouraged me to create some pieces for Rex Nettleford Hall’s annual fashion show which was two weeks away. I tried talking myself out of it because two weeks really wasn’t a lot of time but I saw how successful another young designer was and believed that this fashion show was my launching pad towards success. This is where my entrepreneurial journey truly began. Why Quaint by GSC? Children are in my future. Quaint by GSC is the legacy I will leave for them. It began on November 21, 2015 when I created African-inspired clothing for a fashion show at Rex Nettleford Hall. Guess what? Everyone an him modda did a create dem type a clothes too. Thankfully, I was wise enough to sell both clothing and bags. My bags were selling like hot bread! I take great pride determined in that being my unique unique and selling position (USP) would be to create African print bags. All the bags are made by hand and each is truly unique. What word would you use to describe your business? Why? Quaint which means strangely attractive and unusually interesting. The products are unusually interesting. What tips would you give to someone wanting to sell products online from Jamaica? Shopify makes it easy to accept payments from customers anywhere in the world. However, you have to link Shopify to your PayPal or US bank account which is a challenge for most Jamaicans. It’s possible though for you to open an international account at a US bank. Do your research and find the best bank for you. You can then use the local postal system to ship overseas. What is the greatest lesson that you have learnt as an entrepreneur? Patience is key. When I started this business, I didn’t know that it would grow to the level that it’s at now. I was patient and took it one day at a time.Improving each day was my aim. It’s great to see where I am coming from. If I had tried to rush it, I would have felt discouraged in that moment. Who is your greatest inspiration? Why? Patience is key. When I started this business, I didn’t know that it would grow to the level that it’s at now. I was patient and took it one day at a time.Improving each day was my aim. It’s great to see where I am coming from. If I had tried to rush it, I would have felt discouraged in that moment. Who is your greatest inspiration? Why? Myself. I am not trying to sound self- centered but I am inspired by how far I have come due to my hardwork and dedication. I can have anything I want and do anything I want if I put in the work. ��