Tara Rivas is the head designer and founder of TMR Collection, a contemporary womenswear line based in Toronto. Throughout her education, her creativity proved to be an asset, which led her to launch her own clothing line. She has always been passionate about the arts, sustainability, and going the extra step to make people feel good. By unifying her interests, she has begun her entrepreneurial journey in creating a Canadian brand.
TMR Collection, founded by Tara Rivas, is a Toronto based fashion label specializing in contemporary womenswear. Proudly supporting the Canadian apparel industry, TMR features locally sourced fabrics and quality manufacturing. The collection consists of timeless, refined and versatile looks that easily transition from day to night. By employing simplicity through subtle design cues, unique structural cuts and fabrics for comfort, TMR provides a refreshing approach to ready-to-wear clothing.
- Best advice you’ve ever received? How do you currently implement that advice?
Some of the best, yet most simple advice I have received has been not to take no for an answer, believe in yourself and give it your all! When starting up any business it is inevitable that there will be ups and downs. You need to learn to embrace both the good and the bad times and ride the entrepreneurship rollercoaster with confidence and believe in your cause.
- If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach? Why?
I would teach someone to practice gratitude daily. It is not a time consuming task, but it can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. This is something I started doing several months ago just for 5 minutes a day and I have already noticed a strong shift into a much more positive lifestyle – with both my personal and work life.
- What is your driving force, what pushes you to do what you do?
The fact that I am able to get up every day and chase my dream at such a young age is motivation in itself. Positive feedback and constructive criticism encourage me to work harder towards continuous product improvement and customer satisfaction.
- How do you believe your work connects you to others?
I believe fashion is an extension of ones character. It can make you feel empowered, comfortable in your own skin, attractive and much more. When women wear TMR, I am flattered and definitely feel very connected to them. To think that my designs are hanging in women’s wardrobes around the world is an incredible feeling!
- What is your superpower? How do you use it?
I think creativity is a superpower that everyone has within them, but they may not know exactly how to unleash it. I have always had an innate desire to design and express myself creatively, which proved to be an asset throughout my education and led me to realize that it needed to be the foundation of my career. When it came time to choose a career path, designing was an obvious choice and seeing my creations come to life has truly been an exciting experience.
- How do you prime your mindset for success?
I believe to be accepting of constructive criticism is important. It allows you to improve your product to make it even better. I have learned from MINDSHIFT NINJA how important it is to practice daily affirmations. This is a way to envision your best self and through this practice, your mind diverts away from any negative thoughts and is trained to think optimistically in every situation.
- Name a time or situation you needed to dig deep within yourself to overcome adversity. How did you do it?
The transition period between university and entering the working world was a time I needed to dig deep within myself. Being in your early 20’s is an exciting, yet scary time. When I was deciding which career path I wanted to take, I ended up listening to my gut. It was a huge risk starting a company, but if I had never taken the chance the outcome would remain unknown.
- What do you do when you need to MINDSHIFT?
I usually turn off all technology and go to a quiet place by myself. With the many distractions that consume us daily, it is very refreshing and invigorating to disconnect from it all. Exercising is also a great way for me to clear my mind and get the creative juices flowing.
- BONUS QUESTION! What has working with a MINDSHIFT NINJA taught you? How do you think differently now?
Working with MINDSHIFT NINJA has taught me a multitude of things. Starting a business from the ground up is not an easy task, which is why it is crucial to train your mind to think differently through the tougher times. I find it very beneficial for moving forward, as it has changed my perspective on many aspects of life. I’ve learned to practice mindfulness on a daily basis and turn a seemingly bad situation into a good one. People don’t realize how powerful the human mind is and if we can all become “MINDSHIFT NINJAs”, we are headed in the right direction.
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