Meet Emani Harris, the energetic mind behind Pish Posh. She has been on the grind since her time at North Carolina A&T State University. Emani now finds herself in an excellent creative space with her return to Philadelphia. It’s time to paint, design, and direct an even bolder path for her “statement pieces”. Learn more about Emani’s journey to creative fulfillment and legendary status in Icy Thoughts Issue 002+
Interview by: Joshua Winters + Photos by: Aja Burgin + Clothing by: Pish Posh
JW: SO, HOW DID YOU END UP HERE?
Just hard work. Dedication. And really just off the strength of someone saying “you’re talented, you should start a clothing line. Just do it.” And I just did, about two months later from that conversation. I just kind of stayed consistent. I didn’t think it would be as big as it is now. When I did start, it was more kind of a hobby. Like “Oh I can make some hats and be able to buy extra clothes or something” but now it’s become more like a lifestyle.
“I always know how to turn a negative into a positive”
JW: DID ANY FACTORS HELP ALONG THE WAY?
So it was definitely school. And I’ll definitely say, being at an HBCU. I went to North Carolina A&T State University and the support system was real. I never knew that I would meet so many people and so many people would support it that I didn’t even know. So I think that was definitely a good decision.
JW: WHAT ABOUT THE CHALLENGES?
I always told my friend that I’ve had like a Lifetime movie life because I felt like something was always happening. I’ve had people steal from me, people destroy my things. When I was in North Carolina, it had been like three different occasions where someone broke into my apartment and vandalized stuff. I feel like that was because I became a target because of how things had grown. Yeah you’re gonna have people support your vision, but you’re gonna have people that are jealous or hating and stuff like that. So I feel like those were minor setbacks, but I’ve always overcome stuff and I think that’s where it definitely helped my platform grow because it’s not like I’m just creative. I also tell a story with my brand.
Read more from our interview and dive into the Pish Posh experience in Issue 002+