For 4-year-old fashionista Makayla, putting on high heel boots and a party dress is more than playing dress-up. It's part of her role as stylist and sales girl at the South Main boutique K'PreSha. Her vibrant personality and love for style made her natural for the role. "The Lord gave me the absolute perfect child for the environment that I am in," says her mom and boutique owner Kimberly Taylor.
At the age of 1, Makayla stood outside the boutique doors handing out business cards. From that point, she continued to show an interest in the business by learning merchandizing, learning how to work the cash register, selecting clothes for customers, and "being absolutely honest about what she thinks of them in those said clothes," observes Kimberly. The honesty is refreshing when you know your sales girl is only making sure you look your absolute best.
Makayla wants to start a store with her selection of girls' fashion items. Seeing this as another chance to teach her responsibility, discipline, and work ethics, Kimberly agreed to give a portion of K'PreSha's space for Makayla to launch "Makayla's Corner" this spring.
Makayla didn't give away much in what she'll carry in her mini-store, but knowing her potential customers well, she guarantees it will be "sparkly!"
Also coming up this new year, K'PreSha will carry new brands such as Designs by Terial Lee and Genius, a local designer featured as one of the emerging designers in the last Memphis Fashion Week.
Wanting to connect with the local fashion industry further, Kimberly also has several projects she hopes will come to fruition this year, including events such as the second annual "Noir" Fashion Show and the inaugural "Battle of Beauty and Fashion" which would bring together designers, make-up artists, stylists, and photographers for networking and collaboration.
Kimberly also has plans for a non-profit organization called "Memphis Fashion Foundation" geared toward helping the local fashion industry — and setting a great example not only for her daughter Makayla.
Women and Men's Fashion
323 South Main Street
Makayla dresses up in a dress by Jessica Simpson, Charles David "Tory" boots, and a clutch from Quistt.
Local Brands - Handbags/Accessories: TexStyles, Quistt, Beadtique, Don't Blink, Kari Fleskes jewelry, Skunktagious
Body: Mi-Me and Gifts from Nature
Clothing: Rough Feathers, No Love Get Money, Brand Name, Flight of Fancy, Heartless Clothing Co. Select from: G.Ink, First Place Logic, Team You are Bless, and Yachts and Treasures
Designs by Terial Lee and Genius
Makayla's Corner launches Spring 2014