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Years ago, Telsha Anderson-Boone had ambitions of being a fashion buyer in New York City. Fast forward to the present day, and the entrepreneur is running her own successful e-commerce site aptly named T.A. which offers an assortment of quirky, fun, and stylish pieces for fashion lovers. Her journey to the present day is marked by roles that prepped her for life as an uber-busy business owner, wife, and mother. But this comes as no surprise as Anderson-Boone is an encapsulation of the word instinctual in matters of fashion. In an email, she shares that she’d describe her personal style as “curated” and “intentional.”
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Anderson-Boone has preppy origins since she attended private schools until her junior and senior years in high school. It was then that she began picking up a habit of purchasing sneakers. One thing has been a constant in her life– her mother Tasheema Anderson serving as a fashionable muse. She’s admired her personal style for years and played in her closet throughout her childhood and adolescence. The entrepreneur also was constantly drawn to her grandmother’s clothing choices.
By the time she attended Syracuse University, she had hopes of making it to New York City (she was raised in New Jersey). These aspirations felt out of reach as she applied for roles and wasn’t landing anything upon graduation. She was however able to land a role in public relations which was her foray into the fashion industry. From there she transitioned into a role at Hypebeast running social media for the vertical HypeKids, this was one of her next fashion positions. Then she went on to work in artist management at Atlantic Records. Through all of these transitions, her affinity for fashion remained strong.
T.A. launched after she created a business plan and compiled 500 brands that she was deeply invested in. Initially set to be solely an e-commerce site as it is now, the experiential boutique launched amid the pandemic in 2020 and it was met with widespread success. The gap left by Opening Ceremony and Totokaelo was filled–those with a deep love for curated shops supported the store heavily while it was still open. Though the shop is now strictly online, it left a distinct imprint on the industry mainly due to Anderson-Boone’s knack for buying thoughtful brands like Ottolinger and Christopher John Rogers.
“I’m constantly drawn to the classic nature of Bottega Veneta [and] the whimsical creativity that comes from Christopher John Rogers,” she shares. When touching on other brands she loves she also brings up her husband Justin Boone’s brand David x Goliath as she also appreciates the styles he creates.
In anticipation of the upcoming gifting season, we asked Anderson-Boone how holiday shopping works for her. “I go for what I’ve been looking at all year and grab the pieces that have stuck with me over time,” she shared. “I always purchase what [my friends and family have] been looking for all year.” She adds that she makes it a point to keep an eye on their favorite things.
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