August 2, 2011

The GOOD Life: Poodle Pusher

Back in May, I announced a new series that I will be constructing for this blog called The GOOD Life. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read my first post of this series which featured an incredible artist name Brianna McCarthy, click here. The GOOD Life is a series that was inspired by an eye-opening concept my philosophy professor presented to my class this past school year; he challenged me and my fellow classmates to take a look into ourselves and decide what our definitions of “good” lives are. I was so inspired by this simple yet surprisingly deep exercise that I decided to incorporate this idea of “the good life” into my interviews from now on.
For today’s feature, I had the absolute honor and privilege of interviewing Nigerian sisters Chichi & Ogo Offodile, founders of the wardrobe & fashion stylist company Poodle Pusher. What makes this company truly special is the pure love and devotion that Chichi & Ogo have for their craft; their passion is woven throughout the very fabric of the pieces that they clothe their clients in. I have commented countless times on how deeply in love I am with Solange Knowles's style and, as it turns out, she is one of Poodle Pusher's prominent celebrity clients. Most of the amazing outfits that I have adored on her were pieced together by Chichi & Ogo! 


The photos that accompany this interview are from Solange’s vibrant photoshoot for FASHIZBLACK Magazine, styled by Poodle Pusher. 


What are your definitions of a “good” life? Do you feel as if that is what you two are living?
Our definition of a “good life” is one that is balanced and fruitful! It’s a lifestyle that promotes an elevated understanding of what it is that makes you happy, and content with what life has to offer. We are indeed living a good life because we are happy individuals; we always make a conscious effort to live everyday to its fullest, and strive to enjoy what we do. Life is already too short and nothing in life is worth cutting into the limited time we have on earth.
How important do you two feel it is for people to follow their passions, even if doing so doesn't seem like a "secure" life choice?
We believe it’s very important. Passion and Happiness are inseparable; we view passion as a road-map to life. God has his own unique way of showing us signs, and revelations about where we should be in life and the gifts we possess. We believe passion is just that sign we are looking for from Him, it’s innate and is something we all have to listen to and let be our guide to life. When an individual is passionate and puts the needed effort to see his/her passions come to life that follows with success! We believe where we fall short as humans is with giving up and not listening to our instincts. 


How did Poodle Pusher come about? And was establishing a name for yourselves difficult to do?
As sisters, Poodle Pusher came about from the chemistry and bond we share. Fashion Styling was an introduction to the talents we possess as creative’s, but there are additional future ventures we are interested in, and are continually establishing ourselves – It’s an ongoing process and we don’t feel the job is done! It is indeed difficult but nothing in life worth having comes easy.
What are 4 personal characteristics that you two posses that you feel have helped make Poodle Pusher a success?
The 4 P’s
-Prayerful (Put God first in all you do)
-Persistent (Never give up)
-Passionate (Love what you do)
-Prideful (Know your worth)



What is it like owning & running a business with your sister? Do you think the dynamic between you two would be different if you two weren't related?
We have always been very close sisters, and some might say too close :) our personalities are complementary – we balance one another. Where one lacks, the other makes up for it, and the same goes for our work aesthetic and method of delivery. We have had people we work with on different sets say it’s amazing to see us work because it seems like we are speaking a different language that only we can understand, and in all honesty, we probably do. The dynamic we share is a blessing to have in a sibling and business partner, and without a doubt the energy would be different if we weren’t related and close.
Which aspect of your work makes you the happiest? Which aspects do you like the least?
We are happiest when we see our work manifest like we envisioned; and the reversal will be when we are least happy.


Is there anything you two know now that you wish you knew a few years ago that could have helped you in building your business?
We wish we knew the full extent of how much talent and fluff is involved in the industry, just loving and being good at what you do sometimes isn’t all it takes. Politics are everywhere and you have to understand how to play into different sides of the fence, so to speak. This is an important concept to understand and learn to work with.
What advice would you two give to someone who is unsure about the career they want to
pursue?
-Know your goals and talent.
-Have drive, focus, determination, and be willing to learn.
-Timing is everything.
-Decipher between what you want and need, it’s important to make decisions in life based on needs.
-Understand the difference between wanting a job and a career.
-If you desire a job, choose one that pays the best.
-If you desire a career, choose one that you’re great at, passionate about, and will make you happy.
-Strive to get the best of both worlds in a job and career, one that pays well and you love waking up every morning to.
-Research. Knowledge is key!


Where do you ladies see yourselves and your company in the next 5-10 years?
We see ourselves surpassing our expectations! The end result we want from of all our hard work is to create an empire that aligns with our artistic expression and creative vision.
If you two could give someone a quote(s) to live by, what would it/they be?
Above all: To your own self, be true” – William Shakespeare


To learn even more about Poodle Pusher, check out their website by clicking (here), follow them on twitter (@PoodlePusher), and ‘like’ them on facebook (here).


32 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/02/2011

    Brilliant interview! I really like this :GOOD LIFE: series a lot, very inspiring!

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  2. I really look up to this women. I saw this company emerge from the very beginning.

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  3. WOW! these are stunning! i love the unique prints and solange has never looked more beautiful! congrats to these women...well done! great interview :)))

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  4. Beautiful pictures and styling! Love this! Kiah

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  5. Wow! These prints are awesome! I'm also a fan of Solange's style.

    This is a great interview. Cheers to Chichi and Ogo!

    Thanks for sharing, Dee! =)

    nialangleyspeaks.blogspot.com

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  6. oh wow they have such wise things to say - i can tell they are very focused, driven and - by the quality and shape of their clothes - extremely hard working!
    the spread is gorgeous - i die! solange is beautiful (duh!) and this spread is just amazing!
    great post!
    xx
    sabu (south africa)
    http://lifetimesandhaberdashery.blogspot.com

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  7. I saw their site the other day and i was just drooling!! I hope to match up with their styling skills soon- they are just amazing!!!

    Adiya
    Muse Origins (Creative Nigerian Features)
    Muse Origins

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  8. I am so happy for Poodle Pushers. The sisters are amazing and the sweetest girls I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Wishing them many more success!

    Fantastic interview.

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  9. I'm actually familiar with Poodle Pusher! It's so cool that you interviewed them!! This is a great feature, thank you so much for sharind =)

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  10. The pictures are on point. They set off this post.


    Que The Lights
    QTL Images

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  11. Alycia8/03/2011

    Great interview!!

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  12. Very good interview ;)
    The looks of this woman are amazing!
    xx

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  13. WOW. Amazing interview. I feel SO inspired :)

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  14. I had actually heard of poodle Pusher but I had no idea they styles Solange, that is incredible

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  15. Anonymous8/07/2011

    This is a great series

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  16. I do like this! Great interview ;)
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  17. i love the 3rd picture... so haute!


    Bren @ So Chic!™
    http://www.bsochic.blogspot.com

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  18. Love the interview! I admire their work and great interview!

    xoxo
    Stella

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  19. I'm loving Salonge, she is doing it!

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  20. Anonymous8/10/2011

    Dee, You will probably figure out who wrote this in the near future. I really love what you have been able to accomplish in this short period of time. Its mind blowing. So hard t become an accomplished blogger. I now want to see you elevate this. You have to turn this into a business. The time is now. No reason why you cant turn that good good into a lifestyle brand. I want you to LLC asap. Can you see- That good good corner store? you have attained a level of success and its time you capitalize. Also show your face more on the Blog, last thing you want is people taking claim of your blog. Or lets have an about me on the blog. Keep up the great work.

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  21. the styling of this shoot is impeccable! kudos to them. and great interview.

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  22. I heard about them from a friend last year! I am impressed!! love their styling techniques! Very refreshing!

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  23. She's so beautifuly, i just LOVVEE the ankara! :) x

    http://noirlabelle.blogspot.com/

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  24. Solange rocks !!! No doubts !!
    hanks for this post !! kiss

    http://likemousseauchoco.blogspot.com/

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  25. LOOOVE THESE LOOKS! So beautiful! Solange looks so great in these ensembles!

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  26. love Solange, she takes style risk
    which most celebs avoiding doing now a days
    I think she's way underrated
    great interview too :) your on of my fav blogs!

    http://bobbieaustinscloset.blogspot.com/

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  27. This is amazing...I think my style crush on solange is getting more and more ridiculous...Her outfits speak volumes...love it!

    berry-haute.blogspot.com

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  28. Awesome pictures! Solange's style is great! :)

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  29. so Solang's stylist are Nigerian ? Im rather proud :D

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  30. wow....great style. love her hair too.thank you for this awesome article

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