Charleston Belle of The Tiny Tassel

This accessory company has all the Charleston-charm we could possibly stand! Mimi, a business-savvy BSB, is the creator of The Tiny Tassel, a brightly colored tassel jewelry and accessories company. Whether it’s her beaded bracelets or gold-tone key chains they are all adorned with tassels.

Your Name:

Mimi Striplin

Business Name:

The Tiny Tassel

What You Provide:

Brightly colored tassel jewelry & accessories


Where are you based?

Downtown Charleston, South Carolina

Why did you decide to start a business?

I found that I had this fun talent of designing & making tassel jewelry & wanted to share it with others in hopes to bring them joy.

What is your favorite client story?

I participate in the Celadon Sunday Flea & once had a customer pop-in all the way from Kentucky! We communicated through Instagram & it was such a sweet surprise to meet her and have her shop my collection in person!


What is your website?

Who are some of your business idols?

Roxy Te, Designer of Society Social- absolutely obsessed with her classic yet fun designs & space. Love seeing her evolve her family’s business into something that is still cherished and loved today!

Emily McCarthy, Designer & Shoppe Owner-love her designs & shop idea–would love to have a small shop like hers in the future that celebrates life & brings happiness to anyone who enters!


Do you have any mentors?

I think of my daddy as my biggest mentor! He’s an entrepreneur & hustler too! He doesn’t always understand the latest tassel trend but supports me through all of my business ventures– whether encouraging words or being my voice of reason!

What is your favorite thing about being southern?

Definitely the sweet southern charm! I think being southern is a lifestyle 🙂 I couldn’t imagine life any other way!


What is your favorite southern dish?

Deviled Eggs, or as my Aunt Joan calls them-Angel Eggs 🙂

What is the most important thing you have done to build your business?

Obtaining the mindset of “community over competition.” Every business will face competition but I’ve found that joining together with similar businesses and networking has been the most helpful thing for my business.

What are your favorite southern brands?

Currently loving LaRoque in Columbia, SC- a classic brand that has it all– ruffles, peplums & pink!

Obsessed with Dorothy Shain’s bikini art- seriously such cute reminders of summer!

Currently craving Dottie’s Toffee, made in my hometown–Spartanburg, SC–such a sweet treat!

What is your favorite item or piece of clothing to wear/use while doing business?

My pink & navy apron that I made. My mom is a designer so she’s always encouraged us to be creative & sew things. It has a place for everything that I need & is finished off with a big navy & white striped bow.


Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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