Dr. Hyacinth Paul spent her career as a Chemist; 10 years into retirement, Hyacinth took a bold step towards starting a new career in a world that she knew nothing about…the world of fashion!
After hearing of a friends financial struggles and seeing the high economic devastation left by General Motors closing its doors served as motivation for Hyacinth to be a part of positive change in the Dayton and Miami Valley area. “I wanted to make a platform for American made products and handmade products in Dayton.” And that’s how Simply Hyacinth boutique came to become one of the HAUTEST new shops in Dayton. I have dresses made in the USA for $29.99 and most of my gowns are no more than $129.99. Local designers can sell their products through Simply Hyacinth as well.
Located in the village area of the Dayton Mall, Simply Hyacinth offers a variety of unique accent furniture, artwork, apparel, handmade jewelry, and accessories from Dayton, OH and around the world that is guaranteed to add a spark to any look or decor. “I want my customers to feel comfortable and enjoy the beauty of Made in the USA products and other merchandise that is sourced from socially responsible companies. It is our mission to provide a great shopping experience.”
“Fashion should make you feel good regardless of your size” according to Hyacinth. On Friday April 10 from 6p-7p and on Saturday April 11, 12p-2p Simply Hyacinth will be hosting a Casting Call in her boutique with the assistance of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC. The casting call is for a fashion show that Simply Hyacinth will be producing on April 24, 2014. Free to the public, Simply Hyacinth will be showcasing their affordable luxury line that fits all sizes.
Influenced greatly by her parents; Hyacinth credits her mom for teaching her the value of education and her Dad for making her fearless. All of which have helped to prepare her for some of the struggles that she faces as a new boutique owner. “I have invested my retirement savings into the venture, I traveled for six months around the US to find made in America products and I went to China to study the competition”
Hyacinth, is not only limiting her new career as a small business owner, she is also looking to become a designer as well. “It was refreshing for me to find out great products that are affordable are made right here in the USA. Most of these companies are located in Los Angelas. I know New York and Detroit are gearing toward a lot of manufacturing in the USA. I have found great products made in the USA by women owned companies in Alabama, Massachusetts and Georgia. Cincinnati used to be a leader in the Fashion industry and we need to find companies that will manufacture in in the tri-state region of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus.”
“Buying and creating American made products will certainly create jobs; there is no reason why our developed nation should have poverty levels in the high 20% . If everybody just bought something handmade and something Made in the USA I think there will be a demand for it and we could make an impact in our world.”
There are so many misconceptions about products being made in the USA, the biggest myth is Made in the USA products are expensive– NOT! Come to my store and find out.” One of the biggest hurdles for Made in the USA products is store owners marking up their prices, which in turns hurts the competitiveness of the products and struggling families opt to purchase cheaper products made overseas.
As far as fashions place in Dayton; Hyacinth says it’s a representation of our culture. Dayton is a place of self-made and proud people. I want people to bring back the 20’s when everybody was fashionable and made it a priority in their lives. I want people to create a fashion statement in what they wear and support the budding talents in the area.”