Made MOBB apparel. A brand originated out of the midwest. Now going into there 5th season, the brand has established itself right in the heart of America. This is stated because the 1st official flagship store has been built in Kansas City, Mo. Learn more about Made MOBB apparel and it’s owner below.
MADE clothing has been around quite some time now. You now have store fronts. How did this vision start?
Vision started back in 2012 inspired by hip-hop artist Juicy J. At work, a gentleman walks in with a “Trippy Mane” shirt. Me and a co-worker looked at each other and laughed, we knew we could do better. So, we did. Before the idea even came to be to team up, we always wanted to do it on our own but this time was different, we decided to put our recourses together and started our own brand.
How do you get unstuck creatively?
We find inspiration from being around each other. My team consist of 8 other guys from different backgrounds. We are referred to as The MOBB. A group from diff cultures and majority being first generation to this country.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?
If I could go back and tell myself something before the beginning it’d definitely be to start sooner and get out being exposed more. Growing up south kc as a kid you’re very limited. Resources and opportunities to come often and that played huge part of being creative.
What was the biggest rookie mistake you made when just starting out?
Biggest rookie mistake? Every mistake we made taught us move more precise. Without mistakes you simply can’t grow. I actually love running into setbacks and learning from them.
How is working in fashion different today than from when you started out?
Fashion today isn’t so much different, I think it repeats itself. For us we just stick to simplicity. We’re transitioning into cut and sew so we take more pride in details and quality of the garment.
What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?
Social media is the new wave. Everyone have one and big companies all use them. Is a way to stay in contact with the millennials and with people in general. Every brand needs to have one if they don’t, no better way of getting your work out.
What was your biggest fear when going out and starting your own line?
My biggest fear when I first started was not having the funds nor the connections. Honestly even not having the resources because I had no idea where to start. All I know was I had the passion and grind for it. Luckily I met couple amazing guys who are now business partners Vu Radley and Jonathan Platz. Together we just learned and figured things out along the way.
There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?
My biggest advice is to start. Most ppl just contemplate on an idea and eventually talk themselves out of it. Believe !! You’ll never know where you’ll be and can accomplish if you never start.
Who you’re around is key. Positivity is key, having mental health is huge.
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