Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Thomas.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Patrick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Originally started as Provida Clothing which was a t-shirt company where I made heat pressed novelty shirts and sold them out of the back end of my old Chevy Blazer in Codman Sq. Dorchester. I had a hawkers license so I was able to sell without authority harassment.
I was doing well and was invited to create shirts for different college fashion shows. My girlfriend at the time thought it would be cool to expand into selling women’s shoes and accessories so I opened Provida Footwear and Accessories in Brockton and then eventually relocated to the Grove Hall area of Dorchester.
During this time I would coordinate fashions shows, in-store promotional events and pop up shops to promote my store location. The popularity of the events outgrew my store and became less of a burden than managing the store. I closed Provida Footwear and Accessories in 2010.
I continued with a growing success of fashion shows and pop up shops by elevating the venue locations and raising the expectations of models, designers and industry relationships. In 2014 after my self-produced Boston Fashion Week debut at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum I rebranded as Provida Fashions.
Instead of producing shows exclusively for myself I decided to offer my abilities to other brands. Provida Fashions is now a one-stop entity for marketing, brand management, event planning and sales representation.
International celebrity designer Josefa DaSilva, Season 15 Project Runway Designer Nathalia Jmag, Americas Next Top Model Ashley Molina, Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily Claire Sulmers, Founder The Boston Tap Company Sean Fielder, Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, The Boston Strand Theater, Professor Devin Robinson and Grammy Award Winning Producer David Banner are all big names that Provida Fashions has worked with.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the many struggles entrepreneurs face is consistency for the passion of success. You find yourself falling in and out of love with what you are doing as you’re dealing with the uphill battle to get your major breakthrough.
During this time you’re thinking about giving up and looking for a job, especially if you have children. I’ve had real conversations with myself asking at what point will I give it all up and focus my money and time on my children and give them their chance?
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Provida Fashions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Provida Fashions is a Production company that specializes in fashion-forward event planning and marketing. Since I have a background as a former store owner I don’t just coordinate your event I help with your overall direction of your brand because I believe each event is supposed to lead to some sort of sale.
When I produce my own events I push to have proper media attention, as well as people in the fashion industry, attend my events so that real networking can happen. I’ve seen too many events where the crowd is only friends, aunties, and uncles and no one that could possibly further your career which is an unfortunate waste of time.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Sherry Wilder was the ex-girlfriend that inspired me to take Provida to the next level and was with me during the beginning stages of building the store brand and events.
Ryan Thompson of D2 Photos has been my lead photographer for years and has always been extremely supportive and knowledgeable of what goes into great lighting and camera work.
Sparklle Thames is my lead Makeup Artist and has been with me since the start I have watched her grow into one the best in the city.
Kimberly Prescod my executive assistant, life would be different without her lol
Blessings to those that have worked with me along the way Mika Jones, Britt Johnson, Sophia Adolph, Jaida Decoteau, Josefa DaSilva, Tayla Andre’, RIP William Gately.
- Website: http://provida1.wix.com/providafashions
- Phone: (339) 244-0249
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/provida1
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Provida-Fashions/164105173623937?ref=hl
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