TORIRU Clothing

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Toriru. A street apparel brand clashing with Anime inspirations.  Looking to take on the fall of 2019 with new merch you can view below.

 I would like to introduce the creator of this clothing brand, Terrence Lindsey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

 I chose fashion designing as a career as a way of telling my story by expressing my inner deeper thoughts.

The designs you created are no doubt good enough, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such designs?
 My brand is deeply influenced by Japanese anime culture. I was introduced to anime The way the shows portrayed stories about supernatural power was very beautiful to watch. While brainstorming about the designs of my brand I wanted to ensure they consisted of distinctive imagery yet relatable. 

Define fashion?
 Fashion is unlimited expression consisting of an ideal storytelling mechanism. 

How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?
 I stay up to date by following different brands on all social media platforms.

How would you describe your personal style?
 I don’t like to look like everyone else. The point isn’t to stand out but more so to be myself. Whether I dress up or dress down I’m always going to incorporate my own vision into the clothing I wear. 

How would you relate past and present fashion trends?
 
Fashion trends from the past are just being revamped in the present. For example Fannypack’s made a huge comeback last year. You saw fanny packs with fur and 3M, both materials which were not incorporated into the past designs.

Explain a typical day in the world of TORIRU?
 A typical day consist of fast pace and lots of moving a round.

What’s next for TORIRU?
 All I have to say is stay tune.

How can someone contact you for business or customer pieces?
 Toriruworld@gmail.com

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Made MOBB Urban Apparel

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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.

If you are looking to score some gear from Made MOBB Urban Apparel please ‘CLICK’ the link below.

https://www.mademobb.com

House of Rena

Welcome to the House of Rena. Where contemporary & modern day style rules all!

These pieces are handcrafted by the lovely Eranne Whiters. Her work shows that she's well versed with a sewing machine. House of Rena features an array of dresses, blouses, bottoms, and outerwear.  Pieces that compliment any occasion. HOR's current featured piece would be the "Stella" (strapless dress). Available in colors like Bubblegum pink, Tomato Red, and more! 
 

In our Q & A below you can learn more about her and the brand. Click here to SHOP. 


Your brand has blossomed so much, where did the name House of Rena come from?

“Rena was my grandmother’s middle name. She used to sew and would make some of my clothes when I was a kid. She never got the chance to see me sew so it’s like paying homage to her. She also was one of the best dressed women I knew. The “House of” part came from fashion houses & designers from the 19th century, like when Coco Chanel. For example, when Coco Chanel started, her brand was House of Chanel. So I wanted to incorporate something from history.”

How did you get your start with styling?

“During my last year of college, I decided I wanted to pursue visual merchandising as a career. I was able to take visual merchandising classes while in college & assist visual merchandisers while working as a sales associate where I discovered some retail stores allowed their associates to have creative freedom while dressing mannequins. I soon found out afterwards that styling was a “thing” ...a job, a career! After college, I found this profile called “School of Style” on Twitter and asked the co-founder tons of questions on how to get started and she advised I come to class!Over the next two years, I attended a couple of classes in L.A where I learned the ins and outs of wardrobe and personal styling. So yeah, that’s where it started.”


What inspires you the most to be apart of the fashion industry?

“What inspires me the most to be in the fashion industry is the creative freedom I have. Technically I can create anything & call it fashion. I also feel that fashion is connected to art which is actually how I got started in fashion. All through school and my first 2 years in college, drawing Still Life was “my jam”. In middle school, is when I started drawing T-shirts and other clothing items randomly and then I found out designing clothes was a career and I stuck with it ever since.”

Do you have any new material or concepts your working on?

“Right now, I’m just working on getting more Summer items out and working on Fall/Winter/Holiday concepts and ideas.”

How can someone contact you for customs pieces

“I’m very selective right now on what custom work I do, but people can contact me through my social media pages or email:info@houseOfRena.com

NEXT EVENT:
Nothing set in stone at the moment, but I’m working on something for the fall.