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Episode 9: Tahlia Gray, Founder of Sheer Chemistry discusses her hosiery business and getting her tights on the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding.



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We had a brilliant chat with Tahlia Gray, Founder of hosiery brand Sheer Chemistry, specialising in shades for women of colour. While working abroad in New York, the shock discovery that the cosmopolitan city didn’t have skin colour tights available for sale in her skin tone, Tahlia walks us through how the absence of an essential product led her to fill this gap in the market while representing and empowering black women in a way unique to the approach of other brands. Tahlia tells us how her love for travel paired with her business studies background empowered her to create her ideal brand, details intricacies of the manufacturing process and let’s us in on some bootstrapping hacks that helped her shave pounds off her marketing campaign.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Finding a name that represents the brand’s ethos (5:36)
  • Hanging out at makeup counters and using makeup foundation tones for inspiration, doing the research and budgeting for minimum orders (6:18)
  • Establishing contracts when dealing with manufacturers overseas, bridging the business-practise gaps and calling it a day when values don’t align (10:15)
  • ‘Wood and food?’ – flouting stereotypes to frame women of colour in a positive light (10:54)
  • How the W Hotel collaboration came about (14:19)
  • Getting Sheer Chemistry tights on the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding (17:31)
  • Cash injection, the Virgin Startup loan process and the impact of the mentorship included (19:33)
  • Money well spent – the costs of a photoshoot and some bootstrap tips for saving costs marketing, packaging design and the importance of quality imagery (21:44)
  • Making the most of pop-ups, choosing a prime position and rough costs of showcasing your wares (23:16)
  • Tahlia’s Janet’s List spotlight – Colour Shot Cards (28:10)
  • Who Tahlia would like to hear next on the show (28:44)

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