So last week I made a last minute/random trip to NYC to attend the book launch for the new Frank 151 book. Like most people reading this, I had never heard of Frank 151. The best way I can describe Frank 151 is a book full of small open conversations with Djs, rappers, artist, and clothing brands about who they are and what they’re about. As awesome as the book sounds that was not the real reason I dropped everything to go to the book launch. The real reason I went was to listen to Vashtie Kola and Nick Diamonds speak about there road to success in their business endeavours.
Just to give some quick background info on the panelist, Vashtie Kola is the jack of all trades in the street wear industry. Shes a video director that has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Justin Bieber and the list goes on. If you thought that was a lot, Vashtie is also a DJ, party promoter, and a clothing brand owner. As far as Nick Diamond goes he is the owner of the biggest street wear brand right now called Diamond Supply Co. With that said, I figured I could learn a thing a two or at least get some inspiration.
I’m not going to lie I definitely felt very inspired while listening to Nick and Vashtie’s humble beginnings into their respective careers. However, Nick’s story was the one that hit home the most out of the two panelist. I was really surprised he was able to build his clothing brand on very to little marketing money and no bank loans. His advice to anybody trying to start a clothing company was to use as many free marketing outlets as possible to help get your name out.
I talked to Nick after the event and thanked him for coming out. Hes really a down to earth dude.
I got a chance to chat it up with the very beautiful Vashtie. I actually found out we have a couple of things in common. Not only do we both run our own clothing brand but we’re both Trinidadian.
At the end of the day the event was a success. I walked away with a few ideas for the brand that I plan to start working on asap. Stay tuned
May 16, 2013
And its official! The Divers League Collection will be dropping May 10th at 12:00 am at the Bluu Dreams Web Store. Last weekend Terrel and I decided to give some visual treatment to the entire collection. Everything was shot by yours truly on a beautiful Sunday morning at sunrise. And yes, I like to get my Peter Parker on from time to time. If you don’t believe me you can just see for yourself.
In case you were wondering the Divers League Collection is made up of two teams, the Pelicans and the Running Divers. The Pelicans comes in Raglan Tees and Baseball Jerseys. While The Running Divers come in Raglans tees and White Tees. Just remember, this collection was printed in limited number and might not be reprint. Make sure you get your size before they sell out!
May 7, 2013
I just had this pretty amazing video sent my way the other day and I thought I would share it. My friend Kasonna told me about an event called “Respect My Fresh” that was a sneaker/music summit in Long Island. The event had MMG’s (Rick Ross Music label) Stalley headlining the event and Kasonna had her cousin “NOVA” opening up for him. She also told me that Bluu Dreams made a special cameo in the vlog video they did. Dive In and you can see what shes talking about.
On a side note its always nice to see people really trying to dive for their dreams. Every time I hear a success story of someone who made it from nothing it really inspires me to keep working on my craft. This video is just another person I can relate to.
May 5, 2013
Working 2 jobs and running your own small business will definitely take its toll on you after a while. I knew the work was really getting to me when I needed a 5 hour just to function. As soon as I realized I was running on E I decided to take a mini vacation to Orlando, Florida for the weekend.
As soon as I landed there was one thing I had on my list and that was to go and kick back at Disney. I remember when I was younger I pretty much had Disney everything. I’m talking Goof Troops VHS, Peter Pan/Lost Boys toys, mickey mouse video games for Sega. (Yup, I was about that life) Now that I think about it that’s probably why all my Bluu Dreams designs have that pop cartoon vibe to them.
With that said here are some pics from my mini break.
I was completely blown away by the garden inspired by Disney characters.
After traveling around the world in Epcot, jumping on a couple of rides, and almost eating in every country I think its safe to say I’ve recharged my battery. Now back to work…