Any good legend has a good origin story, tell us a little bit about your background.
My parents met here in Bronx but I was raised in Detroit. So I think those influences, you know, Motown—all that good stuff—it’s about what’s in your blood. My mother told me, “You need to stop worrying about wearing other people’s names and wear your own name.” Something about that just clicked. I said, “Okay.” I want to wear my own name.
Have you always been into men’s fashion? Where did the passion for it come from?
I want to wear just what I like, what I feel. Since I was a kid, I was always into matching. So I think that my eye for style was always there. In college, I was preparing to join a fraternity. You had to dress up for the interview. So I said, let me dress up, let me get real fly. The whole day, I received nothing but compliments. I decided from that point on to keep it up, to keep putting in that extra emphasis and effort into my personal style.
If you could describe your style in a few words, what would that be?
My style is urban, preppy. The preppy-ness comes from just the structure, the classic looks. Being born in the Bronx, raised in Detroit. That’s where the urban comes from. That’s a part of me. So there is that kind of edge that you get. Coordinating, color blocking; I think I draw all of my inspiration from my surroundings—my community.