What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I started by turning something I loved as a hobby and turned it into a business. While in middle school, my parents took me to trade shows for sneakers. I exchanged and sold sneakers and clothes due to my appreciation for fashion. It allowed me to tap into my creative style that fits my personality and what I want to do. People began noticing, and I wanted to share my identity through my designs.
What does success look like for you?
Financial freedom is a great thing. I appreciate not feeling exhausted or forced to do something I am not passionate about. My business allows me to feel mentally and physically healthy.
How do you feel African American men have impacted the fashion industry?
American Black men had influenced style before I existed, so I know I am part of a rich legacy. I appreciate contemporary designers such as the late Virgil Abloh and his work with Louis Vuitton. He combined his artistic expression with luxury design to push the boundaries of fashion. Kanye West and his collaborations with Adidas did something similar.
Overall, the presence of African American male designers showed me there could be a place for me in the industry. It’s like growing up as a kid with Barak Obama as your president. You knew the endless possibilities, and now I knew there could be Black creatives. I want to leave my mark.
What has been your favorite design and why?
My favorite designs are from my 01 line. My 01 Black Blank Tee is an essential piece. The silhouette is sleek, which I focus on in all my designs. My 01 Black Long Skirt for women is a favorite of mine and audiences. Every time a model wears it on the runway, people comment on its uniqueness, and the silhouette subtly speaks volumes.
How do you come up with your designs?
I imagine how a piece would look on the body. I want my art to mirror the physique of those who wear them. I use the color themes of black, white, and silver as my artistic signature.
Where is the ideal placement for your designs, and why?
Currently, my designs are on my website. You cannot move anything without an online presence, which helps tell your story and who you are. I am looking at boutiques and would like stores in the Americas and overseas. Neighborhood boutiques are growing and creating intimate connections to neighborhoods and consumers. Places like New York and Paris are important in addition to other markets. However, I plan to have my clothing in communities that inspire identity.
Where would you like to see your career in the next five years?
People know me for clothing designs. I want people to recognize me for helping the creative directions of others. I see myself in filmmaking and fashion behind the scenes, merging personalities, art, and storytelling. My style tells a story today, but I have more to tell.
How can we follow you?
known as: “mylesjaden” or “>”