Written by: Brian Lamont

If you are not in New Orleans this weekend, then I’m not sure exactly why not. This weekend hosts Essence Festival 25th Anniversary and its 50th Anniversary of the magazine. On Friday July 5, STRUT hosted their first annual Fashion Experience at the beautiful New Orleans Board of Trade on Magazine Street. 


Guests were entertained by Dance Trupes while host Queen Aftan introduced various fashion scenes by four designers and brands from all over the states including: Alex Blaque Label, TM Collection, NRODA., and S. Moye


Later after networking, The Boss Panel started consisting of Claire Sulmers (Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily), Darrian (Founder of I am Phreshy Brand), Princess (Producer of RHOA), Meelah Thomas (Member of 702), Nikki Jackson (Financial Coach), Warren Broadnax (Founder of She’s Nappy Hair), Lesli Brown( Radio Personality), Sharita Pitman (Wealth Strategist), and Jullien Gordon (The Black House). They took the audience down memory lane as they discussed their history to success in business. While also providing in depth advice to future and already successful business owners and entrepreneurs. Publicist Darrian explains about honing in on your self-worth and selecting clients who people typically wouldn’t have as clients and bring out their worth so they would see his passion and build trust. 


The afternoon progressed as guest competed for a chance to win items from Supa Cents: The Crayon Box. Can’t wait to see what other events occur during Essence Festival! Stay tuned.