From the cradle to the grave.
One’s image surely goes a long way.
Heck, it says a lot about them.
It reinforces confidence and poise and professionalism.
It demands respect.
It…well…perhaps Mechell Rawls-Beasley can explain it better.
“Well, it’s a personal therapeutic journey for me,” Rawls-Beasley told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My father was a well-dressed man and his concern was he was the last of the dying breed of the well-dressed gentleman. Only knowing him three years prior to his death, we became very close and upon his last few days on earth with me, I vowed to keep his passion for fashion alive by opening a business to hire stylist mentoring men on the science of dressing well.”
To her credit, Rawls-Beasley did just that.
“Little did I know, I had the gift all along and it has landed me contracts and repetitive clientele for almost three years now,” she said.
Today, the Wetumpka, Alabama native is dauntlessly carrying out her father’s legacy in ways unimaginable.
Rawls-Beasley, 43, is owner and chief executive officer of Tied4Excellence, a personal stylist business venture for men of all ages.
You name it. She got it. So check her out and hook up with this vibrant, resourceful woman of color for all of the up-to-date stylish, head-turning trends.
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“The niche is I shop and create an outfit for any occasion from the client’s personal closet to the thrift or department store — or clearance rack — saving my client a boatload of savings,” said Rawls-Beasley, explaining her mission for her unique venture. “I’ve suited gentlemen for proms, funerals, pastoral anniversaries, weddings, nights on the town, etc.”
So what undoubtedly has been the key to entrepreneurial success for Rawls-Beasley, who currently resides in Memphis, where fashion essentially has become an upward trend?
“I like to listen and understand the need of the client and then educate about different patterns, colors, the actual fit of the garments and, most of all, the satisfaction from my clients when they see themselves in the outfit for the first time and/or the attention he receives from the ladies once he strolls into the event.”
The raves reviews, Rawls-Beasley acknowledges, are priceless.
“I simply love the stories of my clients,” Rawls-Beasley said. “I’m especially honored when I’m hired to dress a gentleman for his home-going service.”
Interesting enough, amongst the trends about which this men’s fashion guru has appropriately embraced is that several of her clients would go as far as to book flights bound for Memphis to take advantage of her unique and consultations and wealth of knowledge, particularly as it pertains to the latest men’s fashions.
Surely, her father has got to proud, giddy in that his daughter deemed it essential to carry out — thus put on display — his lasting legacy.
Talk about adding a totally different twist to one’s image.
“My father was my first client for his homegoing service,” Rawls-Beasley said. “Everybody ranted and raved at how sharp he was. I dressed him in a three-piece, 100 percent wool navy suit, with a white, high collar shirt, with a white ascot adorned with his favorite print: paisley. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.”
Amongst the grandest reasons is that she knows full well that one’s image goes a long way.
From the cradle to the grave.
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