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Total loan: $10,000
Brooklyn, NY, United States / Clothing
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I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit; I founded “The Windy Sitters” babysitting club in 7th grade and have always had a calling for creativity and uniqueness. Fashion has also been “my thing” since my youth, however it wasn’t until I attended college in St. Louis that I decided to pursue menswear. Shortly after graduation I moved from my hometown of Chicago to New York City to become a designer. After working in different capacities at womenswear companies it became clear that the best way for me to have a career in menswear was to make one myself. As a result, Ruth Nathan’s was birthed in 2015. I currently live in Harlem so I hope my new neighborhood is ready to be impressed by my creations. My brand has proud roots from Greenville, Mississippi. Ruth and Nathan Wilson are my maternal grandparents. Grandpa Nathan was a tailor; my brand pays homage to him and the care in which he created his fashions in the south. I have a passionate draw towards all things gentlemanly and dandy. My fascination with a well dressed man propels my passion for Ruth Nathan’s. It makes me the “odd man out” in a world of mostly male menswear designers, but I like that about myself. Grandpa always gave back, especially with his time as a long standing Boy Scout Troop Leader. I would like Ruth Nathan’s to provide charitable works for others as well. I have already been donating a portion of annual sales to nonprofits including, Konbit Mizik, Khan Academy and the Bow Tie Foundation. The more sales generated, the greater the impact for social good. Who knows, maybe one day I can partner with LeBron James and the I Promise School and give bow tie lessons. That would be awesome!