Sylvia Akushie was always inspired by fashion and art growing up. It was always a way to express herself and embrace her uniqueness.
This interest led Sylvia to found 2Chique Boutique, in 2012. 2Chique Boutique is an online fashion boutique that sells a unique blend of fashion jewelry, braided wigs, women’s apparel, and much more.
Sylvia also designs unique Ankara fashions inspired by her own culture. She was able to showcase a few pieces at the New York Fashion Week powered by Runway7Fashion in September.
We recently interviewed Sylvia to learn more about her life, her career path, and some of her favorite things, from books to podcasts, pieces of advice, and more.
Here’s what she shared.
What is the best lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
It’s great to be a boss or entrepreneur, but you have to remember to take time for yourself. Wellness is very important.
What’s the best bit of wisdom to offer to up-and-coming entrepreneurs?
As an entrepreneur, you have your ups and downs in business. Focus and remember, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep pushing and you will get to where you want to be. Consistency is the key!
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Deon Sanders once said to me: “Be proud of your title. Whether you are an intern, a production assistant, or a cashier, it doesn’t matter. Just be the best you can be in whatever you do.”
What piece of advice would you give out to people chasing their dreams?
Consistency is the key, keep chasing your passion and never give up. Do what makes you feel alive.
What’s your favorite podcast?
Sway in the Morning—I love all genres of music, especially classic hip-hop.
What’s your favorite book?
Michelle Obama’s Memoir “The Light We Carry”. It has so many motivational quotes that inspire me, and I love to be inspired and moved!
“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it.” -Michelle Obama
What’s your evening wind-down routine and why do you choose to conclude your day this way?
For my evening wind-down routine, I usually listen to music. Every day is different—Monday if I’m feeling mellow I listen to the Motown sounds, Tuesday when I feel cool, I listen to Jay Z, Wednesday, Maxwell.
What’s your favorite quick hack to improve focus?
My favorite quick hack to improve focus is going to the gym and staying on the treadmill for 50 minutes.
What’s one dish that everyone should try?
Pounded yam and Egusi soup, a Nigerian cuisine.
What’s one thing you do for your health every day?
Take walks and admire nature’s beauty.
What’s your quick tip for making meetings more fun, engaging, or productive?
Have dance parties and play music trivia.
What’s your favorite way to take a break from screen time?
When I break away from screen time I usually spend time with family.
How did you come to work at Launch Workplaces?
I was searching for a place where I could focus, meditate, and create content for my social media. I knew Launch Workplaces would be the perfect fit because it had a very calming, neat environment and the people were friendly. The large windows are also a plus!
Looking for a workspace where you can expand your network and meet like-minded professionals like Sylvia? Then book a tour of your local Launch Workplace today.