House of Vaughn is a clothing company that specializes in “fashion for the classically edgy”.
This line brings a very unique style to the fashion industry. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing founder and CEO, Tammy Vaughn. Below you will hear all about this lovely lady, her designs, and what’s coming next for The House of Vaughn.
(Founder and CEO, Tammy Vaughn, rocking her custom made Ms. CEO shirt.)
Miss Jones: For those who aren’t familiar with you, tell us a little about yourself.
Tammy Vaughn: I am a Christian. I was born in Alabama, where I spent two years before moving to New York with my family. I am the eldest of four children. And I also work with the Board of Education. I went to High School of Fashion, took some classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), received my BA from the College of Nee Rochelle, a BA from United Christian College and received my Masters in Organizational Behavior from NYU.
Miss Jones: How did you start your clothing line?
Tammy Vaughn: I started the business in June of 2014. I made my debut at a fashion show at my church. I have an advisor board of three people which gives me different perspectives. They each have their own specific field; one is a business owner, another works with a Project Runway winner, and the last is in the marketing field.
I started with a dream and a sewing machine. Because of school, I knew my way around the industry a little. Such as pattern making and the basics of a dress.
MJ: When did you discover your love for fashion?
TV: When I was about five years old, I found my passion for fashion. I always liked drawing. I would also make clothes for my dolls out if paper towels, aluminum foil, socks, or whatever I could find.
It came easy for me. In the third grade I was entered into a contest. It was just fun for to be able to draw. I ended up winning the contest and having an article in the Daily News about me. The best part was, at the very end of the project I added the sky quickly, and that was the part of the picture they liked the most. However, things went haywire in high school. Senior year is always the year that you showcase your own designs at the fashion show. When I asked my teacher when I’d be able to focus on and showcase my design, he told me I wouldn’t be. He told me that I wasn’t good enough. Because of this situation, I decided to go another direction. In the process, I became discouraged by people who were important to me, they thought I was wasting my time. At those moments, I wasn’t strong enough emotionally or spiritually. But I found my way right back to fashion.
MJ: What were some of your biggest struggles?
TV: Some of my biggest struggles are time management. I work a full time job and have obligations to my church, so it’s been difficult to create a balanced schedule. However, I’ve decided to take time out everyday to focus on my line. And I’ve learned to say no sometimes. I feel as though I’ve been gifted with this and I’d be dishonoring God if I don’t share what He has given me. I have a responsibility to use what I’ve been given, so I’m learning to set my priorities in order accordingly.
MJ: Who or what were some of your biggest inspirations?
TV: I would say over-comers in general. Whether it be someone with a handicap, or someone who was able to continue their education and graduate. It doesn’t have to be a celebrity. It’s encouraging to see older people especially who go back to dreams and goals they’ve once created in their life. I really had to push myself, so I love to see others who have have been able to overcome and accomplish their goals.
MJ: What has been your biggest accomplishments?
TV: I would say my biggest accomplishment is actually stepping in this direction and enjoying every experience. Every step is an accomplishment, taking strides.
MJ: What do you hope to gain?
TV: My ultimate goal is to have an international store and brand. I want to be able to help others, be a resource, and give back. I can be able to use the fame to be a blessing to others.
MJ: Do you do any work with young people?
TV: Yes, I’ve worked with the the summer camp at my church, teaching the youth work ethics and giving them tools. I’ve also just gained a mentee. She just bought a sewing machine and I’ll be helping her start with her interest in fashion. I also teach the young people in my church to praise dance. Helping the young people develop their gifts.
MJ: How do you want your company to be perceived?
TV: A company with great customer service and integrity. If it’s not something you like, I will make it right. As well as being compassionate.
MJ: What was your driving force?
TV:My relationship with God. The more I availed myself to God, the more I was able to overcome. It helped me build my strength. My advisors have also helped me as well. They constantly push and encourage me.
MJ: We’re your family supportive in your interest as a child?
TV: Growing up, my parents outlook on life differed from mine so encouragement in this area seemed useless and nonexistence. However, as I grew up, my sisters would encourage me to go after my dream.
MJ: How were you able to overcome your obstacles?
TV: It feels good good when I’m in a quiet place sewing. I can feel life coming back to me. Going to a fabric store is like a drug for me. Being able to work on what I love helps me to overcome any obstacle.
MJ: What’s next for The House of Vaughn?
TV: I am currently working on new designs. I am planning to compete in a business competition hoping to introduce a bridal line. This will be my second time. I didn’t win the first time around, but I want to continue to keep going.
MJ: What advice would you give to others?
TV: Read up and do your research. Get to know as much as you can, and talk to someone else that’s going down the same path. Set up appointments to see how much they know and can impart into you. Also, be happy where you are. Take small steps if you have to. Also, be realistic and honest. Ask yourself these questions: Can you dedicate the time? What are you willing to give up?
Below you’ll see a few designs from The House of Vaughn:
(Tammy Vaughn debuting The House of Vaughn, June 2014.)
The following pictures were taken during the interview at the Marriott Marquis in NYC:
Here’s a sneak peak of what you can look forward to from The House of Vaughn. These are exclusive sketches from Ms. CEO herself:
As you can see from these various designs, The House of Vaughn is a great asset to the fashion world. These current designs are beautiful and these sketches will have you waiting in anticipation for what’s to come. It was a pleasure to take a glimpse into The House of Vaughn and share it with you all. Tammy is not only a wonderful designer, but a wonderful person with a great heart. Her story, her passion, and her enthusiasm is amazing.
To check out more designs and to purchase a Ms. CEO shirt or any other pieces, please visit The House of Vaughn networks. Website: http://www.houseofvaughn.com. Instagram: @thehouseofvaugn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.