Owner of Mimi’s Boutiq, Fashion Show Producer, Blogger
We are excited to introduce you to a phenomenal business woman. Her passion and dedication to her work has been unprecedented and from what we can she is just getting started.
My name is Merline Thermora. I am from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I left Haiti when I was 14 going on 15 years old. When I first moved in the states, I lived in Boston first, where I graduated from high school. Later on, I moved to Florida to live with my mother. Growing up my parents always wanted me in the medical field or the law field; the typical Haitian parents dream for their children. I tried the medical field but then realized it wasn’t for me. I always knew inside of me it wasn’t for me but I decided to try it to make them happy. As a kid, I was the little girl that liked to play dress up whether I was going out or not. I couldn’t wait for my school to have Journee de couleur so I can go to the school not wearing uniform and looking all dolled up. I was always that kid paying attention to how people dressed. When I moved to Florida, after the medical field didn’t work out as expected, I went to school for fashion merchandising. I knew I was going to fall in love with it, which I did. I always had knowledge in fashion way before I started fashion school. I would grab a magazine and read about the latest fashion, I would google and research the latest fashion trend. I would always watch New York fashion week because it has always been a dream of mine to be part of it. The school added more fire to my dream in the fashion field.
I started my online boutique, which I was super proud of and later on started doing the shows. It was not always easy. I remember my first show, I had about 50-70 people and to watch my shows and me now where I have 500-600 people is a blessing. I have such a big passion for putting these shows together. I will stay up all night to make sure I have everything done. I always feel a fire burning inside of me wanting more, not stopping.
From my shows, I have develop something in me that I’ve been wanted to do for years and I recently did which is the brunch. My first time hosting a brunch and I must say, I was very proud of myself and how it turned out, it feels good to see women sticking up together and doing something positive.
I recently started my new blog as well “The Adventures of Mimi” which talks about “life, family, fashion” my blog is something that I do just to keep my audience interested in what I do and to also teach them more and more about those 3 important things I mentioned earlier. I like to write and I’m glad I can connect with my fans that way.
Besides my business world, I am also a mommy and a wife. I recently got married to my husband and I have a little one who’s about to be 2 years old soon. God has blessed me so much. It’s not easy to balance everything. I get overwhelmed at times, but I always make sure to pray and ask god for strength.
The road to success is never easy; you must know what you want and go for it. There will be curves, there will be tears, people will give up on you but as long as you have god and you don’t give up on yourself, there’s nothing you can’t do. I am currently working on my line. I don’t have a date on when it will be ready but stay tuned. Keep dreaming, keep working hard, it will pay off one day.
Our Conversation with “Mimi”
What motivated you to start you business?
My love for fashion. I’ve always wanted to just work in the fashion industry. As my passion grew stronger I stronger, I started with my online store, then move forward to hosting the fashion shows.
As a Haitian woman in business, what are the challenges you faced as a business owner and how did you overcome them?
Planning the shows are very challenging. It takes me at least 6 months to make sure I have everything I need. I have to make sure that I choose the right designers, the right models, the right locations. Those things can’t be really challenging. My way of overcoming them is Prayer. I always make sure I pray before I take any decision. I bring it to God first and let him Guide me. Second, I keep writing until everything looks clear enough. Then I move forward.
What would you say to another woman who’s thinking about embracing entrepreneurship and is hesitant about it.
If being an entrepreneur Is what you want then, go for it. No need to be hesitant about it. It won’t be easy. Nothing good is easy in life but you just have to keep pushing yourself to get to where you want to go
What should we look forward to from your business?
Working on more fashion shows, charity work, brunch, on my line (slowly but surely).
How does your business relates Haiti or the Haitian community? If so how does it impact the community or your market group?
It relates to our community because my shows gives Haitian designers, entrepreneurs, boutique owner a platform to showcase their work. We have a lot of great talents in our community that people don’t know about. That’s where I come in; I make sure those designers are well presented by a crowd that will know and appreciate their work.
Share one or more highlights of your career as an entrepreneur.
Just the fact that I can sit back and watch people enjoy my shows is always the biggest highlight of my career as an entrepreneur.
In your opinion, why is it important for the Haitian community to support Haitian owned businesses ?
It’s very important for our community to support Haitian owned businesses because we are all we’ve got. We pour our hearts in what we do. The more you support your own, the more others will continue to support you.