At just nineteen-years-old, Felisha “Fe” Noel was the owner of a boutique, but after only four years it permanently closed. However, it was during this time that the Grenadian designer found her focus in fashion.

“Don’t be afraid to fail,” Noel says during an interview for I Am Grenadian. “The faster you fail, the sooner you can determine what works and what doesn’t work for you.”

Her self-motivation derives from the West Indian household she grew up in, filled with a family of strong, hard-working entrepreneurs. At an early age, Noel felt compelled to be her own boss and even though, initially, she didn’t know she would be a designer, she did know she would be in the business of fashion.

The Brooklyn-based designer earned a degree in finance, meaning she is essentially a self-taught fashion guru with a driving passion to make life beautiful. With her 2011 launch of the women’s wear brand, Fe Noel, she has encouraged women all over to follow the company’s rules to “Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire.”

Her failures at a young age ended up being the catalyst for much of her success as a designer. Embarking on projects, such as the Harlem Fashion’s Row collaboration with Lebron James, where Noel worked with other female fashion designers to create James’ first sneaker for women—the HFR X Lebron 16—and her work with Oprah Winfrey has allowed her to break through the barriers placed on her as a young black female designer.

Noel tells OWN, “I love being the underdog because that’s when you become your best self.”

And the best is yet to come, as Felisha Noel continues to promote girl power through her design label.

“Power is in all women,” she says during a January 2019 interview with Vogue Magazine. “My hope is that when women wear my clothes, they lean into that power.”

Featured Image obtained on the official Instagram of Fe Noel