We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After years working in fashion retail, I started to feel burnt out and found it hard to create a healthy work-life balance with such an inconsistent schedule. When I couldn’t see myself working anywhere for a long period of time without becoming dissatisfied, I knew something had to change. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do, so I started writing lists. I wrote down things I loved doing, my values, and the pros and cons of each job I held. I knew I had to do something fulfilling, challenging, and creative—most likely around fashion. I noticed such a drastic change in the way people shop due to fast-fashion models. .I wanted to create a business that aligned with my values and didn’t promote mindless consumption. The fashion industry is a leading factor in climate change, I wanted to create a business that embraced sustainability, all while educating consumers on the detrimental impacts of fast-fashion. I still wanted to make people feel good in the clothes they’re wearing but didn’t want to contribute to the many problems within the fashion industry. After organizing my ideas, I created the path for The Yellow Morning, a modern vintage boutique.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Yellow Morning embodies endless love for our planet with the goal of leaving a smaller carbon footprint for the fashion industry. By curating handpicked and timeless collections of preloved and vintage clothes, YM wants to show that you can still be on trend and build a functional, yet sustainable wardrobe with pieces from the shop. I’m most proud of the fact that my business aligns with my values. Not only am I’m striving for a successful business, I want to make an impact within the fashion industry without negatively impacting the environment.
There was the learning curve of working through the branding, website build, etc. Once I fleshed that out, my goal was to launch spring 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The timing felt inappropriate to launch so I took the next few months to really refine the brand and launched in August 2020.
Since launching my biggest challenge has been organizing my day to day schedule and finding a consistent routine with running a business. Sometimes it consumes my whole day and sometimes I feel very unmotivated. I’ve come to learn that slow progress is still progress and it’s okay to ask for help. Just because it’s my business, doesn’t mean I have to do everything on my own.
You can expect to see more of The Yellow Morning morning in person this summer. I’m currently working in collaboration on a pop-up market, featuring local sustainable businesses—hopefully launching this summer. I’m also going to start offering personal styling and shopping sessions when it’s safe to do so.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love having people come visit and showing them my favorite spots in the city. I would take them to my favorite coffee shop, Corvus and then get donuts at Parlor Doughnuts or Voodoo Donuts. We would have dinner at Adelitas Cocina for the best Mexican food in Denver, Jerusalem for delicious Middle Eastern food, and Osaka Ramen. We would check out Central Market after walking the graffiti art alleys in Rino to possibly have a cocktail or lunch and then browse Modern Nomad for local sustainable goods. They have to see Roxborough State Park for some nature and hiking. We would walk down South Broadway, checking out fun local shops.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband and family. They’re always very encouraging and supportive in what I’m doing. My husband, Austin, is the one who helped me pivot out of retail and encouraged me to start my own business when he saw me struggling. My family regularly motivate me to keep going and not give up, always providing honest feedback when needed.
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