Today’s Red Lips Fashionista of the week is Dedra Evans out of Atlanta, GA.
The “Cigar Community” is very large and big in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, which is great because you have that much more exposure and opportunity to meet potential clients and customers, as well as being able to develop and build relationships with seasoned and veteran cigar smokers. Therefore, as you meet other cigar enthusiasts in the community, you will begin to build friendships that can expand into working partnerships on a professional level such as being business owners, hosting and sponsoring cigar events, and/or planning and coordinating extravagant cruise trips to Cuba, to name a few. However, as with any other highly statured market, there will be some stiff competition, but it’s best to identify very early on, as a business owner, what separates you from others in your industry, and work it from that angle, to carve out your own niche. And, that’s what this week’s Red Lips Fashionista has done.
Deidra Evans has been an avid cigar smoker for roughly six years. Dedra was always linked to the cigar lifestyle and culture, as a patronage of many cigar events and lounges, as well as being inspired by other beautiful female cigar smokers. Especially, since she considers herself to be a true “girly girl.” Therefore, while she was building her brand and discovering what she wanted to contribute to the culture, she instantly knew that she wanted to offer items that were very feminine for the female cigar smoker. Dedra always liked the cigar accessories to accommodate and enhance her smoking experience such as having a cigar case, the variety of options of cutters/lighters, as a set or not, the need for a personal humidor, and the usefulness of a cigar poker. However, she wasn’t certain that she wanted to be a full supplier of this merchandise, as a business owner.
Over time, Dedra noticed that she had an abundance amount of cigar wrappers and bands, which she discovered that she could incorporate this concept with a feminine approach, into her business strategy. As a result, she started her cigar business, Cuteautiful Smokes. Dedra decided to use the wrappers to make custom drink coasters as a conversation piece, which was clever. Dedra believes that her coasters add a “unique touch” to the cigar experience. Also, she has an apparel line with her signature logo for Cuteautiful Smoke, you can purchase on her website, as well as review them on her Instagram page.
Dedra was first introduced to cigars after attending a trip to Key West when she visited her first cigar lounge. From this point on, she’s been a part of the cigar culture.
Dedra favorite cigar is the medium-to-full bodied cigar by Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial.
And, her drink of choice depends on what she’s currently smoking at that moment; it could be beer, wine or liquor, and/or even coffee.
Dedra is our Red Lips Fashionista of the week because of her impeccable style, her generosity, her professionalism, and genuineness, as well as she’s an identical twin, and we would like to thank them both for their contribution to the Cigar Community.
You can learn more about this Red Lips Fashionista on Instagram @pharmadoc96
Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears
Welcome, I’ am Naimah “Ni” Pears! I always wanted to have a platform to share some of my creativity, as well as my enjoyment for writing, loving cigars, bourbon, and whiskey, and way too many other cool things to name all here. However, I hope you will continue to visit Red Lips and Cigar Sticks, the magazine, to learn more about me and the Cigar Lifestyle. I’ am not an expert, but I am extremely knowledgeable!
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