TAMIKA M. PRICE… A woman who wears many hats, but she’s never been shy to acknowledge the crown of another Boss Babe.
The best thing about me is… I enjoy helping others.
Being a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend, a business owner, an author, and a tastemaker shows the level of responsibility that women tackle on a daily basis, but for Tamika this is her life because she’s always brainstorming on more ways to empower women. The owner of StandOut Style Boutique (3353 S. Morgan St.), a women’s boutique located on the South Side of Chicago nestled away in the Bridgeport community hosts several pop-up events for startup boutiques and entrepreneur seminars for women in business.
For example, Tamika recently launched two projects for women throughout the Chicagoland Area. First, she created Dangerous Curves Ahead, a charity fashion show dedicated to giving full makeovers to moms in need through the importance of celebrating self-care and self-esteem. Then, she founded Brown Boutique, a membership group highlighting women of color in business with interests in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries.
Within Chicago’s fashion and entrepreneur communities, Tamika is known to extend herself to her fellow women entrepreneurs, and this style maven is moving at such an elevated pace that her legacy will speak volumes for generations to come. Row A Seat 1 had the pleasure of engaging in a mini 1:1 with the woman behind so much StandOut Style… Take your seat, it’s showtime!!!
Row A Seat 1: When did you fall in love with fashion?
Tamika M. Price of Standout Style Boutique: I fell in love with fashion in my mother’s closet when I was about 7 years old. I was playing dress up in all of her fabulous dresses, heels. I pretended I was going to fancy dinners and events.
My personal style is… Classic meets modern.
Row A Seat 1: Top 5 designers you admire.
TMP: Diane Von Furstenberg for making the wrap dress popular and helping young women in fashion.
Passport by SP (Shontay Pinder)
Love Verse (Tiara Verse)
Chocolate Sushi Couture (Niehla Ollie) all for being great at construction, design and honing in on style for women of all shapes.
Tracy Reese for her resiliency as an entrepreneur and her brand’s aesthetic with bold colors, prints, and textures.
Row A Seat 1: Explain the genesis of your career. How will your legacy help the youth?
TMP: When I started my wardrobe styling business in November 2008, I had no idea where to start, but that’s most entrepreneurs. I planned and built my business day by day. I know all about being a child of divorce and experiencing homelessness as a youth, which trained me for the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, in a way. There are many times when you want to walk away because things are not advancing as fast as you’d hoped but you have to keep going and focus on what is most important. You have to understand you can’t be everything to everybody and focus on who your target is.
Now, being in the entrepreneur game almost ten years and having authored a book, Standout Style: The Shopping + Style Guide for Real Women, opening Standout Style Boutique, receiving lots of awards and media attention, I will always tell people that consistency will always be king. I build a client list and strategic partners from scratch through networking, speaking, styling and by creating systems and processes to help my brand grow.
When I’m gone, I hope my legacy lives on through the women and young girls I have mentored and donated my time to share my story and gifts. I want the women and girls I’ve worked with to know if I can do it, so can they. It is also a hope that my legacy will be the way I made my clients feel from helping them feel amazing in their own skin and collaborating with fellow women entrepreneurs.
One person, I’d love to meet would be… My grandmother on my mom’s side.
My favorite places to travel are… just about anywhere in the Caribbean. I would love to travel to Morocco and other parts of Africa.
Why is it important to be a black female entrepreneur right now?
TMP: We are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs AND the most highly educated group in the US… that means we have the most power! We have to come together, use it and support each other!
Shop and support black-owned businesses, even if it is more expensive and less convenient. With everything that is going on in our country, we HAVE TO be intentional with our dollar. Every dollar counts.
My 2018 is… Impactful. Successful. Blessed.
The dopest life advice I’ve received was… When there is a doubt, there is no doubt. My husband always says it and reminds me of when I am on the fence about something or trying to make a decision when I already know what needs to be done.
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STANDOUT STYLE BOUTIQUE
3353 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60608