We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Chiwara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
One thing that I would say about my industry that outsiders probably do not realize is how far ahead we have to plan. We have to anticipate what styles will be trending for the next season months in advance so we have time to be able to get the products made and be able to market them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business started out inn 2019 selling small cosmetic accessories like lashes, and hair pins. I have since grown to selling lac font wigs, silk bonnets, I have began my own streetwear collection as an extension of this brand. I have also be able to add a real estate section to my business as well, where I have obtained a rental property and lease it out. I got to where I am today by never losing confidence in myself or my ideas, while continuously looking for the best ways to make my dreams a reality. I will say this was in now way shape or form an easy feat, but I can say it worth it every second I continue to run Cozartt’s Collection. I overcame my challenges by surrounding myself with people that can help me decompress and relax, because I tend to over work myself or overanalyze when sometimes I just need to take a step back and enjoy my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was coming to visit me in Broward there is so much I would try to take them to I would start by taking them to the beach, I feel as if that’s a mandatory destination when you come to South Florida. I would make sure to take them to Sawgrass Mall, as well as Aventura, just so they can get a feel of the shopping options that we have to offer. We would definitely take a trip to rapids during her week here, since it is close and it is a nice way to cool off when it is hot outside. We would take a trip down t the keys, since it is only a few hours away. Some food we would eat would include Hooks, World Famous, Publix for some of their subs, Wawa food is a solid go to as well. I would be sure to cap off the week with a trip to the movies, that’s something I always enjoy doing as a way to relax.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to take time to shoutout the people that have been supporting me from day one up until now. My close friends and family have been guiding me and showing love since I was selling lashes out of my backpack for $8, without them I would not have been able to grow to the multi layed business that I have been able to come to in such a short span. I especially want to thank the friends that stay up hours for me working on different graphics and edits, @createdeevity /@its_ncd /@rad.llc_ on Instagram) even when I know sometimes I have them going over certain things many times. Without all these different factors as a part of my support system, I could not even begin to imagine where I would be, but I know it would not be here.
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