Who Thought of This?
Erica Blakely, CPA, MAFM
Our founder, Erica Blakely is a highly-respected entrepreneur and trailblazer in the men’s fashion industry. Born and raised in Chicago as an only child of two hard working parents who gave her a foundation of strength and compassion for people. She is constantly raising the bar of success!
Erica is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Financial Management. She has owned her own CPA firm for nearly 20 years. In this capacity she has completed projects for some of the largest Fortune 500’s companies. Given her passion for entrepreneurship and reputation among small business owners, she is affectionately known as “The Entrepreneurs’ Accountant.” In addition, Erica has also taught as a college professor for several prestigious universities.
Erica enjoyed a successful career as a leader in accounting and finance for over 20+ years. However, like so many others, the global Covid-19 Pandemic created a life-changing transition in Erica’s business. A few months into the 2020 global pandemic over 90% of the revenue from her CPA firm was GONE!
This gave Erica the motivation to reignite her brand and officially birth Blakely Bespoke.
Erica believes that women have been behind men’s fashion for centuries and plans to continue that tradition. She plans to continue that by employing women across the country to sew from home.
Erica's grandchildren make her more dedicated to legacy, philanthropy and social awareness. Blakely Bespoke philanthropic efforts continue to partner with non-profit organizations to further serve children in underserved communities.