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Meet Alyssa Bove of TrendingAbove in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Bove.

Alyssa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a young child, I always showed an interest in art and fashion. I loved to add glam and jewels in all of my attire. My creative interests led me to a major in Architecture with a minor in Studio Art. In college, I learned the elements of design. Then during my studies, my passion led me to apply the concepts of architectural design to jewelry and fashion. I started using the computer programs from Architecture to create jewelry designs.

From there, TrendingAbove was born.

I began by selling pieces on Etsy. I traveled around hosting pop-up shops and trunk shows. I then created a website to sell my jewelry online. In 2017, I relocated to Chicago to expand TrendingAbove and to feed off the energy Chicago provides.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When starting any business, there are struggles. Starting/ Running a business is a constant learning cycle. For me, I had to learn and I am still learning, how to stay organized and to manage a business. There have been significant amounts of trial and error. The fashion industry experiences a lot of rejection. It takes a lot of discipline to not waver after rejection. However, TrendingAbove is my passion, thus, making the obstacles and bumps in the road worth enduring.

Please tell us about TrendingAbove.
TrendingAbove is a fashion jewelry brand. It is a buildable jewelry collection that combines classic glam pieces with delicate layering. TrendingAbove aspires to give individuals an edge to their style and appearance. We want our customers to wear trending fashions that can be a combination of TrendingAbove designs mixed with other styles. We showcase the versatility of the pieces through styling: showing the customer you can style the pieces for multiple occasions and how the pieces travel through multiple seasons.

I am most proud that TrendingAbove started from designing a few pieces in college to a full-scale business. We believe in ourselves and our creations. Most importantly, we are proud that we put the customer first and we meet their needs in fashion and style.

What were you like growing up? Personality wise, interest wise, etc.
From an early age, I loved to draw and paint. This led to sketching and designing outfits in watercolor as I got older. I loved to dress up and create different outfits and styles to wear.

I have always had a shy nature and an introvert personality. I feel this characteristic has been beneficial to me because it has led me to be very observant of people, surroundings, color and style in making business decisions. The discipline, fortitude and competitiveness that I have always exhibited growing up can now be seen in my TrendingAbove business.

-Stay Trending,

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