Reflekt Me was born from Tope's desire to pass on a love for fashion to her beautiful daughter without the potential problems that arise while trying to enjoy it as a normal person. Tope and Gerald have both fluctuated in size and weight and struggled with the way clothing "FIT" and the challenge of buying them online. While being bombarded with images of people that didn't look like them and the emotional impact of that during the purchasing process.
One day while watching her daughter play in the mirror, completely in love with her reflection, Tope realized that she wanted to ensure that her daughter lived in a world that reflected and celebrated her image, instead of destroying her beautiful reflection. After some very long nights, amazing brainstorming, and several iterations... Reflekt Me was born.
We are a wife and husband team with ambitions to change the way the fashion industry uses, depicts, and highlights the human body. Fashion has always been a part of our individual and collective identities. As college students, Tope was an urban artsy bohemian with big earrings, head wraps, and neo-soul music; while Gerald had an All American style accented by streetwear and sneakers. As time passed their styles merged into a very cool mix that can be described as Wakanda with a dope bag and AJ1s (Tope wanted this explained, AJ1s are Air Jordan 1s).
THE REFLEKT ME TEAM
Co-founder and CEO:
Tope Mitchell holds a Ph.D., M.A. (Indiana University), and B.A. (University of Washington) in sociology with an emphasis on social psychology and identity along with an MBA Certificate in general business from UNC – Fayetteville, an HBCU. Her career includes social research on identity, marketing insights, and innovation. She has worked as a lifestyle and leisure analyst, Associate head of multicultural insights and as a business strategist at award-winning companies (Mintel, Kantar Futures, and Three Group). Since 2017, she has taught business courses in entrepreneurial marketing, new venture creation, and business and society at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Mitchell co-founded Fashola Mitchell Education Solutions, Inc. in 2010 with her spouse to provide educational resources to at-risk youth in San Bernardino County, California.
Co-founder and COO:
Gerald Mitchell has earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Sothern California Los Angeles, a Masters, and Bachelors in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Gerald Mitchell is currently serving as the Associate Dean of University College at Fayetteville State University. As a leader, Gerald drives institutions to connect with their mission and effectively reach their goals. He has over ten years of experience facilitating institutional improvement by assessing organizational need, re-energizing culture, and engaging team members. Gerald offers the ability to manage change, improve performance, create collaboration, and inspire people.