A loan of $8,000 helped purchase machinery that we need to produce our custom clothing and It will also help hire 2 part-time people creating jobs in the area.


Stephen's story

My name is Stephen Curd and I am a clothing designer in Southwest VA. Originally from Saint Louis, MO, I grew up in a family of 6 and our house was always extremely lively. Growing up in the Midwest I had little exposure to fashion but I had big dreams from a young age to contribute to it and live in that world. My earliest memories are of me spending summers with my grandparents and learning how to sew with my grandmother. Something just made sense when I was working on a pattern or helping my grandmother cut out fabric. Little did I know that after a couple years in a pre-med program I would have a change of heart. In 2006 I decided to chase my dream and changed my major to Fashion Design. I graduated from Lindenwood University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts with a concentration in menswear. After graduating I moved to Chicago to experience a competitive fashion market but also to learn and grow as a new designer. In 2014, I moved with my spouse Travis to Southwest VA to begin a new life together. Since 2014 I launched Lavelle Manufacturing, a custom clothing company, and I am about to celebrate on full year in business. The town and surrounding areas have welcomed my brand and vision with open arms, I have had the opportunity to feature pieces of my clothing in fine clothing stores such as William King Clothiers in Bristol, This next year of business I am working on getting our clothing and accessories into stores, adding more clientele to the books and creating more jobs for the business. This will help me to be able to hire a couple people and offer jobs in the area.


This loan is special because:

It helps an entrepreneur buy equipment, expand inventory, and hire new people in an effort to create new jobs in his community.



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About Garic Stephens LLC

Industry: Clothing
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: garicstephens.com

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