An only child who’s content to be alone and the youngest of four children who’s used to noise may seem an unlikely team.But for London Kasmir, 18, and Janine Mattiace, 19, it works. Kasmir, a wardrobe stylist, and Mattiace, a photographer, are starting individual businesses and collaborating to build portfolios. The young women describe their collaboration as a “win-win situation” because they can refer clients to each other.Mattiace lives off Brawley School Road and Kasmir lives in Mooresville near Mitchell Community College. They met this past spring while sitting next to each other in “Introduction to Business” at Mitchell.“We were the only two outspoken girls in the class. We hit it off and London came up with this great idea,” Mattiace said. “We knew what our interests were and thought why not put two heads together and build each other up,” Kasmir said.Since then, they’ve designed business cards, created websites and written proposals. The aspiring entrepreneurs have provided some free services and gained experience. They believe their foundation is solid and are ready to build upon it.Kasmir provides wardrobe styling and personal shopping. During a consultation, she learns about a client’s personality and preferences. Most importantly, Kasmir recognizes areas to accentuate and camouflage. “Wardrobe styling just comes natural for me. I have an eye for whatever looks good whether the person is 18 or someone in her 40s or 50s,” Kasmir said.Mattiace describes herself as “all over the place” when she takes photographs. She’s drawn to nature, architecture and portraits.Working with Kasmir during wardrobe styling sessions forces Mattiace to search for balance. As she poses a client or model, Mattiace must consider the concept Kasmir wants to achieve.The two are adept at working together. When they arrived for our interview, Kasmir and Mattiace laughed at the similarity of their outfits. Kasmir wore a one-shouldered purple/pink animal print top studded with chain embellishments and gray slacks.Mattiace’s purple tank was tucked into a gray pin-striped skirt edged with black accents. Both wore metallic wedges.As the conversation turned to personal wardrobes, the two shared their favorite brands. They like Old Navy, Forever 21 and American Eagle. Now that they’re paying for their clothes, the budget-conscious shoppers visit consignment as well as traditional stores.“We’re bargain hunters,” Kasmir said.When Mattiace bought her A-line skirt at Style Exchange, it had the original tags attached. The consignment shop is in Martin Crossing at the intersection of N.C. 150 and Williamson Road. As Kasmir and Mattiace discussed fashion and photography, their ideas meshed. They’re focused on the future. Both decided upon their careers in high school. After dabbling with photography, Mattiace saved money for a digital SLR camera and began taking photography classes.While working at Old Navy, Kasmir knew she wanted to be involved in the fashion industry. She’s transferring to UNC-Greensboro this fall where she’ll work toward a business degree in consumer apparel and retail.Mattiace has another year at Mitchell, but they’ll continue to collaborate.They’re participating in a weekend event during Charlotte Fashion Week in September. Kasmir will style models for the Olive Branch, 21314 Catawba Ave., Cornelius and Mattiace will take photos.
Monday, Jul. 15, 2013
Young entrepreneurs collaborate on goals
Learn more: Email Mattiace at email@example.com. Visit Kasmir at http://www.stylebylondon.com.
Sandra Phillips is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Sandra? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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