I reached out to JazLynn Franklin because I’m really interested in her brand. I was at a makeup class and I saw her there with her vendor table and when I decided to start this segment I knew she would be perfect for it.
1. I see you dabble in both fashion and beauty which one do you love more?
I love them both the same. I believe they both go hand and hand . Putting them both together is super fun for me.
2. Is there a particular brand that inspired you to start your own?
I love seeing the black women in my community doing amazing things, that’s always inspiring. Watching women coming together is awesome , but what brand inspired me to start my business was Instagram influencers like, Supa (Crayon Case) makeup brand . I followed her wayyyyy before she was famous. I also, always looked up to my auntie Tootie aka Faye. She has a beauty shop in town. She has definitely been inspiring to me all my life. Also, close family friend Trena Manning. She moved to ATL years ago and the close contact was lost then, so when I came to her for help I didn’t expect her to be so open. She shared her vendors with me and everything . I respected that so much. Toccara Smith, who has been doing hair for years was one of my first and still is one of my biggest supporters & I am forever grateful to have met her. I been blessed to have amazing friends that keep me going as well.
3. How difficult is it being a woman with her own brand?
I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it just takes ALOT of patience and focus . Within time, things fall into place. I learned, even when I'm not getting the likes/ shares, people are definitely looking and will eventually reach out.
4. Do you see more support from South Bend or other surrounding areas?
I definitely try to support my city. I know how HARD it is to get support in your own city at times, so i def try to support when i can. I attended an event in Elkhart not too long ago and I met some cool people that I will continue to support. I received alot of love from Indianapolis, so I definitely want to do more there.
5. What is next for the Che’ Collection?
I definitely see Che’ adding more to the collection. When I first started, I was so nervous and scared . I’m so much of a private person so I didn’t know how people would react to my starting my own business. So I started with just gloss and lashes, but eventually I will add more. I learned a lot in the process. It’s more then just selling a product, I want to build a brand . I would love to do things with other women in my home town, so that is definitely a goal for Che’ In the future .