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Meet Esther Francis-Person

Today we’d like to introduce you to Esther Francis-Person.

Esther, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Have you ever been shaken into action by a tragic life event? Well, after the passing of my grandmother last year, I was. Reflecting on things I wish I did with my grandma made me realize there were so many other things in life that I had been putting off. Her death really put things into perspective for me. I realized if there was ever anything I wanted to do, I needed to do it now because tomorrow is not promised.

One thing I have wanted to do for a while now was to open my own kid’s clothing store. After my grandmas passing, I decided to pull the trigger! No more excuses or letting life get in the way. So, earlier this year, Cliqq Clothing (pronounced clique), my online kid’s clothing store was launched. I finally made it happen!

After I moved to the US from the UK, I really missed shopping at my go-to kid’s stores for my son, so I decided to open a store that has good quality, stylish and affordable pieces similar to what you’d find in the UK. Cliqq Clothing brings all of these qualities together with some good old American style to form an original online kids clothing store like no other.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am very proud to say that Cliqq Clothing has been officially open for business since April 5th, 2019. Naturally, Cliqq has experienced growing pains, but I embrace these challenges and view them as an opportunity for growth.

With that being said, one of my main struggles along the way has been exercising patience. In the past, I would sometimes get discouraged when a business or sales goal wasn’t met or a particular product didn’t do as well as I expected. I have come to find out that these experiences are commonplace amongst entrepreneurs. What it taught me was to embrace the old saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ I now understand that planning, consistency and continued dedication will bring my goals for Cliqq Clothing to fruition.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Cliqq Clothing is an online, mom-led children’s clothing store. Our children’s clothes are trendy, comfortable and great in quality! We have everything from tutus, jeans, and rompers to stylish pants and tops ranging in size from newborn to eight years.

What makes our clothes special is that they are a fusion of European style and American fashion. We like to call our style, ‘Ampean’, – an American and European fusion. This means your kids can relish in both worlds as they embark on their unique fashion journey.

As a company, Cliqq is most proud of our loyal customer base and the personal input of our supporters. Prior to our official launch, we ran an Instagram competition for moms to personally select the clothing that they wanted to see in store. The winners, who we coined ‘Cliqq moms’, helped the company by voting to decide on our very first collection, and we’ve continued to grow from there. We believe that this personal connection with our customers sets us apart from other brands and has been pivotal to our success.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe the city of Atlanta is a great place for businesses to flourish.

As an expat, I have found Atlanta to be a city of endless opportunities. After reading and personally meeting so many successful business owners, I feel blessed to be living in such a thriving city. I am constantly inspired and find it very encouraging to know that the city I live in is breeding ground for successful entrepreneurs.

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