Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Austin.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Approximately two years ago, I became unemployed after a career change from a Financial Analyst to a College Administrator. I started working in the financial industry right after college with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. I am a first generation college student, with that being said, I enrolled and graduated college for my mother because it was her dream to birth a college graduate. She worked and retired from the automotive industry and she never wanted me to enter that field. While working as a financial analyst, I also had dual employment as a part-time hairstylist. My mother was diagnosed with cancer, I decided to become her caretaker and leave the financial industry and become a full-time hairstylist because my hours were flexible and I loved creating a new image for my clients. I always had a creative mind as well as being artsy. I knew at an early age that I was gifted, and talented in the arts, but I wanted to make my mother happy.
At the same time, I sacrificed my happiness and made wrong career choices. My mother passed a few years ago of pancreatic cancer. I became depressed stopped working lost everything but my mind. I prayed that God would take the pain away. I eventually began a short career as a College Administrator. I loved the students but didn’t love the job. I became laid off and I was so relieved and received inner peace. I prayed to God that he directs my path and allow me to do what he would have me to do. After praying and fasting in 2016, God birthed in me a T-shirt line with taglines “Respect my Know” and “Respect my No” which was started by my daughter and I. We gave fashion shows, sold T-shirts and clothes with both taglines. After a year, my daughter decided she no longer wanted to be a business owner. I was disappointed but I understood that she was living my dream and not her own. I never stopped praying, I asked God what am I going to do now. I said: Lord, I don’t think you telling me to go back to work because the last job didn’t work out, but if it’s your will, I will go back to work. I completed over fifty job applications and didn’t receive any interviews. Every door of opportunity was closed as it pertained to employment. I didn’t want to rebuild a clientele in the hair industry nor did he tell me to either. I prayed and cried and one day, I began painting and cutting up my clothes into fashion forward styles. Painting became therapeutic for me. I started painting and praying over the clothes. I wore my creations everywhere I went and received an abundance of inquiries.
In 2017, Matchic Productions/Art, my new baby was birthed. It is wearable art with a slogan “ Dare to say a word but yet be heard” Pronounced (Masheek) Match chick if you’re ghetto.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all. I entered the fashion industry over the age of fifty and had to lose 35 pounds in order to wear the clothes I sell. The fashion industry consist of a lot of youth and I had to gain their respect. I sell street style, gaudy, sexy, edgy, haute couture, clothes. I am my own brand ambassador and I must wear it well. My clothing isn’t for everyone, but it can be because each piece is an original custom design. Matchic Productions/Art is an attitude opposed to a style. The clothes capture your attitude. In addition, I pray over each piece that I design. Even though I am in the famine stage of business and it will be a feast soon because I still believe God stand on his promises. I won’t give up.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Matchic Productions/Art – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Matchic Productions/Art has a slogan attached that says “ Dare to say a word, but yet be heard.” In layman’s term, when a Matchic garment is worn it gets plenty of attention without having to say anything. I carry original one-of-a-kind pieces. The artwork is extremely different with a web style creativity. It’s abstract art as well as bejeweled pieces. Each garment is styled from head to toe, whereas from jewelry to shoes. The clothing can be considered street style, gaudy, chic, haute couture, edgy and sexy. I’m proud that I’m a black woman business owner that has integrity, loyalty, exclusivity, and honesty., Matchic Productions/Art is set apart from other designers because each piece is an original design as well as prayed over to receive healing,, peace and etc.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like the fact that Chicago is a melting pot. It’s very diverse and allow many personalities to be worn through clothing. The least thing I dislike about Chicago is that we are not considered the fashion capital, other cities consider us to be a little behind when it comes to fashion.
- Website: Under spiritual maintenance (will be complete soon)
- Phone: (708)580-2850
- Email: Matchicproductions1@yahoo.com
- Instagram: @matchicproductions1
- Facebook: Matchic Productions