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Interview with Award Winning Designer Samata Angel and founder of  Samatas’s Muse

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I’m sure everyone wants to know a bit more about you, can you please give a bit of background information about yourself?

I grew up in Cambridge and moved to London to study my undergraduate degree in Economics, Finance and Management. I basically used my time in London to get more involved in the creative industries namely music and fashion. I got involved in fashion shows backstage, assisted other designers and went to lots of networking parties. Graduating I worked as Head of PR for a Chelsea boutique and then Head of Marketing for a Japanese clothing label and it was these experiences that encouraged me to set up Samata’s Muse.

When did you start your business and what inspired you?

I think I was inspired to start my label after working for a boutique in Chelsea, London. I was surrounded by beautiful clothing and definitely got more of an understanding of how a boutique operated, how designers sold their clothing and the details buyers looked at. The shop was so beautiful and the clothing was so inspirational I knew I wanted to do something of my own.

You are some fantastic support from the likes of Jennifer Lopez, dawn (Danity kane) and Gwen Stefani, How did that happen and how does it feel?

I think that I am very passionate and hard-working so that definitely helped me network in the industry and create opportunities. I also had some great business mentors who give me the time of day so these elements combined create opportunities. Once your name starts getting out there people start coming to you too. Dawn Richards got in touch with me after seeing my label profiled on a popular website, others I met contacts for at industry parties. To be honest it is more important for me to get my brand out there and in communication with my target audience than with celebrities.

I mean your spring/summer 2008 collection was unveiled in September at the nolcha fashion week in New York, which is fantastic, how did that feel and when should we be expecting your next collection?

That was a really great and also stressful time as there was just so much to get done but it was all worth it – it got me connected with a global audience. I think I learnt a great deal from that experience and what it takes to be a global brand, which is what I am building up towards.

How did you raise money for your business?

I worked and got individual sponsors. Organisations like Business Link assisted with advice and direction too.

How do you promote your brand? And how effective has it been?

I create a good online presence and do what most designers do such as taking part in shows and events and being as active as possible. It has been effective in landing me interviews with the likes of LOOK, Big Issue and Pride magazine.

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Do you read any books that you would to recommend to all the entrepreneurs out there?

I read autobiographies to keep me motivated and inspired and just to remind me of what goes into reaching a level of success. Right now I am reading Ander Leon Talley’s. Terry Mansfield gave me this great book called Moving On Up edited by Sarah Brown who collated inspirational real life stories by extraordinary men and women such as Richard Branson, Ridley Scott and Trevor McDonald. It’s fantastic.

Have you ever encountered any setbacks? How did you overcome it?

I think everyone does, it is just important to be able to stay focused and remember that anything worth having is worth working hard for. Not everything I do works out but I do my best and keep trying.

You wrote a book series called Fashioning your life, A clothing designer’s guide Volumes 1 & 2 last year, what inspired you to write a book? How is it going so far?
It was really whilst working in the fashion industry as a designer and doing various spots as a guest speaker at different business and enterprise events I noticed a need for a certain type of assistance for fashion designers. I wanted to share my experiences and knowledge in areas such as Marketing, PR and Trade Show participation. It is going really well, they sold out on Amazon in Canada and their success has definitely been helped by the contributions from the likes of photographer Nigel Barker (America’s Next Top Model), celebrity stylist Nick Ede (Project Catwalk ) and Jenny Holloway (Fashion Capital founder) who share brilliant advice in their relevant sectors

Can you tell us about how and why you got into “make your mark”?

In 2007 I was recommended for ambassadorship by Prime Minister Gordon Brown for national campaign Girls! Make Your Mark, a role which includes mentoring students and actively encouraging young people into enterprise through public speaking engagements. It is so rewarding!

Out of all the people you’ve met so far? Who’s your favourite?

I would say Dawn Richards from Making the Band’s Danity Kane. She is such a professional who is graceful under pressure and a genuine talent.

Who is your role model/influence?

I have lots! Oprah Winfrey, Terry Mansfield (Chairman of Graduate Fashion Week), Charles Thompson, my family, the list goes on!

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Do you have any favourite young entrepreneur/designer at the moment?

I have a number of favourites, I love watching to see what is coming up so I attend the Graduate Fashion Week shows and end of year shows. I can’t name one favourite!

What would you say to young entrepreneurs out there, trying to start up their own business?

I would say be yourself, be open minded and learn how to create learning opportunities for yourself – be at the right events, have your own unique style and make an effort to talk to people! Too often designers get intimidated by the flashy events but people are just people.

Do you think recession is a bad time to start up a business?

I am not a huge fan of scaremongerers and I feel that the ‘current economic climate’ is a phrase which is starting to grate on me due to the hugely negative connotations it is given. My feeling is that particularly for entrepreneurs, the ability to think of solutions is not that impossible – the recession means a tough environment but one in which we can flourish nonetheless for a number of reasons including reduced competition and lower costs.

What do you think is key in starting a fashion company, or qualities needed to succeed in the fashion industry?

Success involves having a number of qualities including exceptional creative talent and ability, a keen eye for detail and good communication skills.

So what should be expecting from you in the future?

More clothing ranges, maybe branching into accessories, more educational projects and more creativity!

Finally, before you go can you tell us why you’ve been this successful, what’s your secret?

All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.

Thank you so much Samata for your time.

Contact and Follow Samata

Samata’s Muse
www.samatasmuse.com

Blog with Samata: http://samatasmusings.blogspot.com
Twitter Samata Angel here: www.twitter.com/samataangel

www.youtube.com/user/samatasmuse
www.myspace.com/samatas_muse

Samata’s guide book series has now launched! Visit http://stores.lulu.com/samataangel to pick one up and support Britain’s Favourite Designer.

For further information about Samata’s Muse visit: www.samatamuse.com

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Interview with Clive Mensah, founder of Rametré

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Rametré is a fresh and unique Clothing Brand coming to a store near you coming straight out da LDN. We take pride in making our customers feel different to everybody else in the way they feel and the way they look.

Hey Clive, how’re you doing today?

“I’m fine thanks the suns out so it’s all good.”

When was Rametré started, why the name?

“Well the Label was originally called R.A clothing which was the initials of my Grandmother who passed away in 2004. And are slogan was more than royalty. But R.A clothing didn’t have any ummmm… how should I put this It didn’t have that X factor. So I took the letters R A and used the abbreviation of the old slogan which is MTR so I was left with RAMTR so I just put two E’s in it to make sense and RAMETRE was born. It’s quite long I know but I feel it’s a name you won’t forget.
Since then the name has been getting around quite well I have been doing shows all around England and universities and grinding hard to get that exposure.

Can you give some background information on yourself?

Well im 20. Soon to be 21 next month God willing, I am also a Christian. I study Fashion Promotion at University of the creative arts, and was born and raised in South East London Peckham, with one older sister Yvette, we where both brought up with a Ghanaian upbringing. And anyone that is Ghanaian or from an African decent would know what that like. (Laughter)

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What inspired you to start up a business, especially a clothing line?

When I first started out I didn’t intend to create a business or clothing line I started out painting stencils on t-shirts for local MC’S around the area and I used to do little alterations for family members. And making African outfits for events like Ghana Independence, Nigerian Independence and various other events. But I have always been a person to try and get my hands on something that was exclusive that no one had. but I had trouble achieving this .because no matter what I got my hands on I knew deep down there is someone out there wearing the exact same thing. So I got into the habit of customizing any garment that I bought whether it was ripping my jeans to painting my trainers blue I would customize it. So then the idea came to me when I was on holiday in Ghana I saw so many designers and colours in the motherland that I thought I need to get in on this action. So as soon as I came back to London I went straight to work creating my own thing.

What do you think it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

I think to be a successful entrepreneur you have to know your business like the back of your hand; many entrepreneurs out there tend to think about the money so much that they forget the skills that they obtained before they got to the stage that they are in. So I think the best way to stay successful is to keep studying and learning your business and everything surrounding it.

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Who are your competitors?

NO ONE I’m in a league of my own (laughter) nah I’m joking! I would say everyone in the street wear Industry or even fashion industry because you can never under estimate anyone. Everyone is always trying to come out with something fresh and exciting but my role is to take away that labels Buzz. And the only way to do that is to come out with something new that has never been done. You have to have a sense of uniqueness in this industry to survive.

Who are your target markets?

My target market would be anyone one that into street wear I don’t design clothes thinking “hmm I’m going to make this for someone aged between 14 to 30” my thing has always been if you like it buy it and if you don’t leave it for someone who does.

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Do you have any role model/influence?

God is my Role models no one else because I try to live by his word each day. Umm in terms people in the fashion industry I couldn’t tell you. Don’t get me wrong there are some quality designers from Yohji Yamamoto (Y3) to Ingo (founder of bathing apes) but I wouldn’t call them my role models. May be its arrogance in me I don’t know (Laughter). But in terms of influences I would say my BIGGEST influence is London city, I love my city with a passion and I try to express this in my designs. I really need to touch Trafalgar square and by one of them I heart London t shirts (Laughter)…

What are your likes/dislikes in the industry?

Well I have soooooo many if I was to name them all we would be here till 2018 but I would say one of them would be these rappers or musicians or just any of these so called celebrities coming out all these clothing lines. I personally think its gone way passed ridiculous now. Especially these rappers coming on the television saying “I’ve got this clothing line coming out its different it’s something that never been done before it’s a new look view designed it all” when you know they have no knowledge of the fashion industry. All it is to them is a just a little project. When you’ve got so many talented and passionate designers trying to push themselves into the industry but are blocked by money hungry celebrities. And the thing that hurts the most is that the general public are more likely to embrace them then someone that is just as good or maybe even better. This is a shame!!

Do you feel the recession is the best time to start a business?

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The recession is not an ideal time to open a business but nevertheless you never know when or how the recession is going to end. So I feel if you really want to start your own business I would suggest you do it when you feel you are ready personally.

How did you raise money for your business?

Well I used to sell t-shirts with my logo which was a Pitbull printed on it. And also do alterations for people so it was like the money I made of that I just started stacking and stacking. Until I was able to register myself as a company and actually put some money towards it.

What is the most important lesson that you’ve learnt from your road to success so far?

I would say the most important lesson is that in this industry you can’t wait for any handouts you have to get out there and grind on your own no-one is just going to come and say” hey you there I want to put you in a show” if you don’t put that hard work in you have to push yourself to the full extent and try and get yourself noticed.

What are your advices to any young entrepreneur out there trying to start up their own business?

As aspiring entrepreneurs your duty is to make money because at the end of the day it’s a business orientated field. But the most important thing is have a passion for whatever your doing if theres no passion it’s not worth doing trust me.

What should be expecting from you in the future?

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Look out for the summer release. We are doing collaboration with a surprise company so that should be big. Which is due for release early July? Also look out for the 2010 collection it’s going to be pure fire.

Thanks for your time and we wish you the best in the future.

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Interview with 20 Years old Entrepreneur

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Hello, how are you doing today?

I’m fine thank you. Just a bit busy with planning for this summer’s catwalk shows.

Can you give us some background information about yourself?

I am 20 years old and was born on 12th May 1989 in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Raised by a single mother, we used to travel a lot to the UK since I was a baby. Whilst there, I attended Academic International Primary School (AIPS) and my favourite subject was Art which I ended up winning an award in, for a real life drawing of my teacher. So, I have always been a very creative person from a very young age. My mum and I moved to the UK when I was 12, in 2002 and start a new life in Leicester where I attended secondary school, then college. Now I am currently at university studying Journalism & Public Relations.

Can you tell us about your company and what you do?

Cecy Ctyles is a new fashion brand that specializes in tailor-made ladies wear for special ocassions; from birthday celebrations to wedding receptions and even clubbing nights out.
We have an annual design catalogue which can be viewed on our online boutique http://www.cecyctyles.com. We have four collections so far; African, Club, Cexy corsets and Slasa wear and all the designs on it can be customized; from lengthening features to completely changing the fabrics used on them.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for from the catalogue, we offer free Fashion Consultations with our designers who will sketch unique designs for you and guide you through the whole design process. We have a wide range of fabrics (most of which is sourced from Tanzania) and accessories to chose from the create our clients’ ideal outfits. Clients may also provide their own designs and fabrics using our Tailoring Service.
Our prices are inclusive of customizations, delivery and tax, so what you see is what you pay. Designs are made and delivered within 5 working days and all orders are entitled to free minor alterations for three months.

What inspired you to start the business?

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Well, I have always loved fashion and always wanted to be a Fashion designer. I used to make clothes for my Barbies when I was a little girl because I didn’t like what they were wearing. At the age 10, I started my own business in primary school, selling custom-made beaded jewellery, which I made myself, to young girls from my school which went very well until I moved to the UK and had to shut it down. So when I learnt how to make clothes for real people in school, I was so excited about becoming a fashion designer in the future.

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It was only during my first year of college that reality really sank in. I had made a wrap dress with leather cuffs & corset belt for my first AS Level textiles project that I had modelled at the Haymarket Schools & Colleges annual fashion show in Leicester. And after our catwalk, a lady from the audience ran up to me and said “I’ve been looking for you everywhere. I love your dress, can I buy?” I was 16 at that time so I offered to make her an exact copy of it as she said she was going to wear it on holiday in Spain. Her name is Roisin Tear and when I delivered her dress she said “you’re very talented and I think you should start your own brand with a website and everything”. So I did.

Who would you say your competitors are?

My competitors are mainly UK clothing retailers as they have been established for way longer than I have and they know exactly how the whole consumer industry works. But there are also a few UK tailors who are providing similar services to mine although their products are quite different. Cecy Ctyles is one of the first tailoring designer labels that gives its clients total say into their designs, with good quality products for an affordable price.

Who are your target markets?

It is aimed at women aged 18 to 35 years old who love looking glamorous by wearing unique designs.

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Did you raise money to fund your business?

Yes, I do. When I first started it as a hobby, I had to fund it from my part-time job and my mum invested in buying the equipment for it. But since opening the online boutique in June 2008, it has basically funded itself. As I am concentrating on expanding it, all the money made from it keeps circulating within the business. I have my own separate source of income so I don’t have to dip into CC’s money at all. That way, the business is constantly funded without getting into debt.

What makes your design different from others?

Unlike other designs, Cecy Ctyles designs are interchangable and are undated. Our clients don’t have to get exactly what they see as they have the option of customizing the designs. And when it comes to fashion trends, we use classical features such as frills and slits that have existed since the beginning of fashion and will always be used. CC designs are simple but yet contemporary and they flatter the feminine figure.

How do you market your products?

Our products are marketed mainly through internet marketing whilst trying to establish a well known international brand name. Our main clients are from the University of Lincoln (where I study) so we advertise around the campus. CC takes part in a lot of fashion shows too e.g. this summer’s catwalk season; we have at least one fashion show every month from between June and October. We will be opening a new office in October this year in Lincoln as part of the expansion process.

Do you make your designs to season?

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Sort of. We have one annual catalogue so we make sure we design clothes with colours that blend in with all seasons. However the style of the clothes is ideally for summertime which is our busiest time of the year.

What fabrics do you use for your designs?

We use different types of materials depending on the collection. Our African wear collection is made of East African Kanga and Batik materials. The Batik we use is produced by our textiles designer Francis Nzengula who is part of our Tanzania team. And for the rest of the collections we use silky materials from satins (most of which are sourced from Tanzania) to chiffons; materials that are comfortable, flow very well and move with the body.

Do you feel your designs are relevant to today’s society?

Yes. Today’s society is more creative and a lot more picky than they use to be. Young ladies these days like to look smart and sexy for special occasions even if it’s just for a night out. And the older generation are looking for designs that will make them look younger as well as smart & sexy. And our designs are catered to those types of women.

When did you realise you were going to start up your business?

On the 2nd of June last year, the day when the online boutique was launched. My initial plan was to just display the designs on the website and keep updating it throughout my degree, then start up the business when I graduate. And when the website was complete, I just gave it to a few friends and within a few days, people we are asking to buy the designs. And that’s when I realised that this is it, there is no turning back now and no slowing down, I have to start building this business.

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How has the entrepreneurial journey been so far?

It has been so much fun so far! I think because I consider myself a designer first then an entrepreneur second, I haven’t had to worry about financial problems or anything like that. My aim is to be famous and to see people wearing my clothes on a day to day basis. And if money comes along with it, then I’ll take it!
And so far, everything is moving five times quicker than I expected it to and I occasionally look back on it and think wow! It take at least most people at least 10 years just to get to the level that I am at and I did it in 4 years (considering that CC was just a hobby for the first 3 years). I am living my dream and wouldn’t change it for the world.

Do you have any role model/influence?

My role model is my mum. She raised me not to give up in life and to be patient as good things take time. Because of her, I have grown up to be very independent and am able to cope with whatever challenges life throws at me.

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Who is your favourite fashion designer at the moment?

Jasper Conran is my favourite designer at the moment. I find it difficult to find clothes that fit me well because of my figure – which is why I don’t like clothes shopping and make my clothes instead. His clothes always fit me in all the right places and I love the materials he uses.

What advices do you have for someone looking to start their own business?

Be patient and never give up. Especially in the current economic situation, if you start up a business just to make money, then you will lose patience for it very quickly. Let your passion be greater than your entrepreneurship and you will gradually learn all the other business tactics. It is very hard work to be a successful businessman/woman and you have to make some sacrifices which will all be worth it in the future. Use all the talents you have to make your business succeed and appreciate everyone you meet along the way as they might be the ones who contribute to your success.

What should we be expecting from you in the future?

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Alot! CC is growing larger every day, so expect some great new designs and events in the near future. We now sponsor Miss Tanzania Europe and have a fashion show each month from June till October this year, so you will be seeing us nearly everywhere. The Cecy Ctyles official red carpet launch party is on Saturday 18th July 2009 in Leicester and it is just part of the beginning of this fun journey!

The Cecy Ctyles life is a dream come true for me and with God’s blessing, I will make it all the way to be an internationally famous fashion designer!

Thanks for your time and we all at YHP wish you the best in the future.


Cecy Ctyles Ltd
www.cecyctyles.com
Email: cecyctyles@gmail.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7930807292

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Interview with the founder of ItsUpshot, Sebastian Thiel

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Hello Sebastian, How’re you doing?

I am real good, just cre8ing as usual, working hard and staying on my hustle.

Can you quickly give us some background information about yourself?

I am 18, I was born in Zambia. I do graphic design, video editing & Creative direction work. I used to play basketball intensively, that was my life daily before I dropped out of college to start up Upshot.

Moving forward quickly, what inspired the creation of upshot?

The fall of another dream, that inspired me to create something else. I got Fed up of trying to go to the states for basketball. I initially started upshot to make money. My mission evolved once I realised what I could do with the brand, movement/family.

When was upshot born?

2007 August

I know you founded it, but how many people are involved in upshot?

2 Others are directly involved in the company in terms of ideas and so on, but there are many involved in what I call the upshot circle. The Upshot circle is put together of friends , family and talented people that support us and in return we help them in any way we can

Why start a business?

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Because I am in control, I can do what I want & make my own decisions. I find it hard to work for people in jobs such as retail and so on. I have my own visions, i am too much of an individual to be trapped in the box of modern day slavery, Hence why I thought outside the box and cre8ed Upshot 😉

How intense is the competition out there? How do you manage to stay in check?

I say, don’t watch competition. So I don’t know how intense it is… Ok let me put it like this, if you’re in a race, u waste time when you look behind yourself to see your competition, even if it’s a split second, that look can make you loose the race. I prefer to stay on my track and watch my own pace. I trust my road & I know what my mission is. People will fall off in their own time; i am going all the way with this.

Who are your target markets?

Anyone, everyone, him, her , she , we, them. Upshots Universal. Just like music. However we may appeal more to young people.

What tools do you use in promoting your business?

Online sites & flyers.

What has been your proudest moment so far?

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Winning the big challenge. £8000 funding. Thanks to all the supporters for voting for us.

What do you think is the top 3 things to consider before starting up any business?

* Make sure theres a gap in the market for what your offering.
* Know that everything wont be all good, there will be good times, bad times and a lot of risk taking.
* Do research and a business plan.

What advice would you say to young entrepreneurs out there trying to start up their own business?

Just do it. That’s what I did.

What do you do in your spare time? Any Hobbies?

Basketball but not so much now, i dont have alot of spare time. I love events with live bands, comedy, so i reach quite a few.

What would you be doing if you didn’t start upshot?

Basketball & University – I would still be designning but on a really small scale.

If you could go back in the time machine, would you change anything?

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Nope as I probably wouldn’t be the same person and i wouldnt have attracted all these events into my life. One decision can change your day from what it could have been.

Do you feel the recession is a good time to start a business?

I guess so as a lot of people are coming out of work. It’s the times of doing it yourself if that’s your kind of thing.

When should we be expecting the launch of your website?

I am in the process of getting it revamped. So i am not sure when it will be active again.

What should we be expecting from upshot in the future?

I don’t want to spoil it for you. But I promise big things in the future from Upshot and myself.

Finally, why do you feel you’ve been so successful, what’s your tactics?

I don’t think i am successful yet, no way near, upshots an underground baby. I can say to get to the stage i am at now it took hard work and a lot of strategic coincidences 😉

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Thanks for your time.
Good luck with your business.

Contact Upshot@
http://www.itsupshot.com
http://www.myspace.com/itsupshot
http://www.myspace.com/upshot_clothing
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Interview with Shawn Hosea, founder of stacksanddreams.

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Stacks&Dreams Apparel is a progressive clothing line created by American Music Producer Shawn Hosea. The foundation of Stacks&Dreams is based on positivity and the credence of achieving the goals and dreams that one may pursue in their life.

Hey Shawn, how are you doing today?

Hi Joseph, I’m well. I just finished going over some designs actually.

You just officially launched your new clothing line, how was the feeling?

Wow, I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding feelings that a person could experience. So far, I’ve gotten a great response from the public. It feels good for people to accept and embrace what I put so much time and work in to.

Can you give some background information about yourself?

Well for starters, I’ll be celebrating my twenty-first birthday on the 26th of June. In my earlier years I grew up in a military household, so my childhood was spent in different states along the east coast. I can definitely say that being around different people in different regions is something that all people should experience. I live and go to school in Atlanta, GA now.

What inspired you to start a clothing line, you know, because you’re a music producer right??

Yes, music production is a big part of my life. I can say that music has an equal value with S&D on the list of my priorities. I started a clothing line for a plethora of reasons. The artistic aspect and creativity that comes with fashion has always intrigued me. Also, with me being the business savvy person that I am, I knew that I would have to spread myself into other markets for networking and branding purposes. Not only is Stacks&Dreams a brand, but Shawn Hosea is a brand in itself also.

So how do you cope with going to school and running your own line, I mean it must be tense?

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It’s not exactly stressful right now, because I just launched. I expect things to get a lot more strenuous along the way as I grow globally. The only tense part I’ve experienced before launching is working with different people on getting S&D prepared. You have to make sure everyone is always on the same page of your agenda. Luckily, I happened to work with some great designers, photographers, and printers.

Can you tell us more about what stacks and dreams is about?

Stacks&Dreams is all positive. The company mission came from my own desires and ambitions to carry out my dreams. The feeling was so strong to me that I felt like everyone should feel the same way. Everyone should have a dream or passion for something. I chose to get people’s attention through musically inspired art. I very much feel that music resonates with everyone worldwide.

Were you always into fashion or was it a new found passion?

It’s a little bit of both. I’ve always loved art and the way it can be transformed into being fashion. As far as the actual fashion industry goes, there were a lot of new things I learned once I decided to actually pursue it.

Do you have any competitors?

This is business so of course I consider people in my industry competition. At the same time I like what a lot of brands are doing with their companies. I find inspiration in how my peers operate. This is friendly competition. As competitors we are not trying to destroy each other. It’s like a sport. Were trying to see who’s the best.

Who are your target markets?

I don’t like to put S&D in a box because I feel like my mission relates to everybody. At the same time, I do understand that I cannot spread myself to thin. In this case, I believe my demographic is mostly the age groups of 13 to 35 and targets people who like art as well as music.

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Do you have any role model/influences?

Growing up, my uncle Billco was the biggest role model to me. He was the ultimate business man in my eyes, and I think that’s why I do what I do to this day. He owns and runs a barber shop in Gary, Indiana and has done so since his high school years. He’s never worked a job in his life! My parents definitely inspired my morals and work ethic.

What do you do to relax yourself? All work and no play make Shawn a dull boy right?

Ha, my work is never dull to me because I love what I do. I listen to a lot of music to get relaxed after a long day. Listening to music before I go to bed has been a daily practice of mine since before I can remember.

What is your favourite piece of clothing that you own?

Definitely my Adidas Superstars, classic shell toes. All white, with the navy blue stripes.

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What should we be expecting from you in the future?

Well, the fall/winter season designs are almost finished. For that, expect the line to have a more matured look and feeling to it. I have some great new ideas for branding so expect some crazy things! Keep up with the S&D Blog to stay up to date with me and the company.

Thank you for your time.

No problem Joseph and thank you for interviewing me. These were great questions.

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Email:info@stacksanddreams.com
Website: http://www.stacksanddreams.com

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These are the five reasons why sean john is being tracked by the top entrepreneurs of the world..

1). He is worth estimated at US $346 million in 2006
2). when Combs was three, his father, aged 33, an associate of Frank Lucas the New York drug lord, was shot dead in his car at a Manhattan park after attending a party.
In 1993, after being fired from Uptown, Combs established Bad Boy Records, taking new hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. with him.
3). In 1998, Combs started a clothing line, Sean John.
4). Combs owns an upscale restaurant chain called Justin’s, named after his son
5). Combs acquired the Enyce clothing line from Liz Claiborne for $20 million on October 21, 2008

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