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Meet Teresa Kelley of My Kiatu in Fort Lauderdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Kelley.

Teresa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As an admitted shopaholic, I was not finding the type of shoes that I like to wear in stores. I like bold colors and patterns that most people are too scared to wear. Being the entrepreneur that I am, I decided to research how easy it would be to open an online shoe boutique. This way I could source the shoes that myself and other women who love bold, unique classic and sexy shoes could buy.

My Kiatu was born in September of 2019. Kiatu means shoe in Swahili. My Kiatu is coined as the not so ordinary shoe boutique for the extraordinary woman.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth, absolutely not! Having started in September, I was beginning to gain momentum with exposure. I was honored with showcasing in a fashion show in February and had a few events to showcase lined up. Then BOOM, we are hit with COVID-19 and the world shut down. All my events were canceled. I’m not a quitter so I persevere through it all.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the My Kiatu story. Tell us more about the business.
My Kiatu is an online shoe boutique that caters to the extraordinary woman that aims to stand out and let her shoes do the talking when she walks in a room. My Kiatu’s main product offering is shoes, however we do carry apparel, luxe handbags and accessories. We also offer styling services. I’ve been told that I have an eye for selecting great-looking shoes.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As the world opens back up and people have a reason to get dressed up and go out, I see the footwear industry (specifically heels) going upwards.


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