Chief of the Teepee: Kelli LeClair, Heritage Style
Rise + Shine my rad babes.
I am SO SO excited to feature another inspiring boss on the blog today. Are you in a rut? Feeling a bit lost? KEEP READING!
I am motivated by Kelli’s tenacity, classic western style and her dedication in taking, Heritage Style, to the next level every single day. If you enjoy the western lifestyle and eccentric characteristics of fantastically-aged turquoise masterpieces, you’re in for a real treat. Keep reading to be inspired by and find out more on Kelli’s journey as a radical Boss Babe.
1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. I am Kelli LeClair, owner of Heritage Style and I grew up in Waxahachie, Texas, south of Dallas. However, I consider myself "from" Lubbock. I went to college at Texas Tech and really feel like Lubbock is where I found myself; where I learned the kind of people I was interested in surrounding myself with, and it helped me discover the person I am working to become.
2. Tell us how your love for genuine Turquoise began. I’ve always loved to have a unique style. I’m not one to do things just like everyone else, so why would my style be any different? It started with feathers and brass and kind of evolved from there. It escalated to a whole new level when I met a Native American boy, who is now my husband. He has a deep appreciation for Native culture and jewelry. I’ve got to give him some major credit, his appreciation and knowledge rubbed off on me without me even realizing it.
3. What is your favorite part of the Western industry? No contest of the people. I have loved the people in every aspect I’ve been involved with. I also sell advertising to tractor dealers and spend many hours at cow shows. Whatever aspect, you won’t find any better people than in this industry.
4. Where did the inspiration behind Heritage Style come from? Heritage Style is the marriage of two distinct lifestyles. When Hirchell and I got together this is exactly what happened. A West Texas girl fell for a Shoshoni Native from Wyoming, and our cultures collided. This is actually what the logo depicts, if you know what your looking for; it’s the Shoshoni rose with a cotton bowl inside.
The Shoshoni Rose symbolizes the tribe that my husband is affiliated with. It’s important that I honor that culture. Then the cotton bowl is the representation of West Texas. A symbol of my love and appreciation for the people here, the vibe of West Texas and a reminder of how dependent the area is on agriculture.
5. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? If you know my husband, you know he lives, eats and breathes show steers. I had thought for quite a while “I wish I was half as passionate about something as Hirchell is about being in the barn”. I had kind of been “searching”, if you will, for that passion. A light bulb went off one Saturday morning when I was sitting on a bale of hay, at (yet another) cow show, online shopping for Turquoise jewelry. I thought wait- I’ve already found my passion, now how can I make a business out of shopping for what I’m fascinated with? I guess that’s a long winded way of saying my drive is just a love to keep shopping.
6. What advice would you give to a fellow boss babe who wants to start their very own business? It's normal be scared, more like terrified. It's also normal to feel like everyone is watching you, waiting for you to fail. They probably are- use it to fuel your fire! Prove them wrong, and prove yourself wrong for that matter. There are #bossbabes all around you chasing their crazy dream, why not you?
7. What are your hidden superpowers? I can make an entire bottle of wine disappear in less than 10 minutes! But seriously, I try REALLY hard to make people feel special. It doesn’t cost a thing to be nice to people. Smile to the guy that bags your groceries, tell your friend how much you like her new shirt. You never know who’s day it’s going to brighten.
8. What is your favorite motivational quote? "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn" -Gore Vidal
9. What is bliss to you? Can this be a list? Bliss is: Chasing the next cow show with my husband and our 2 dogs, a Texas Tech football game, a glass of wine (or 4) and cheese board, a Will Green concert in a smoky bar, talking about this seasons colors and clothes with Gran, watching “Brunch at Bobby’s” on a Saturday morning.
10. If you could meet anyone for coffee (or a stiff drink), who would it be and where would you meet? Jackie Kennedy. The woman is a timeless legend. I've always admired her poise and class. Or Whitney Houston, because she’s the ultimate badass.