“I owned a deli with my mom, but by 2001 I had started to grow a little tired of the work.
Around that time, I was getting really into fashion with a few friends of mine. We used to drive down to Virginia to buy custom shirts from a fashion dealer we knew. I remember telling myself, when I was looking at the dealer, that I could do this type of work one day."
"I drove back to the dealer the next week and asked him if I could buy some swatches from him and if he could teach me how to measure.
That’s how I got started in this business. Initially, I bought the more affordable suits from him and sold them myself.
In 2002, I had a 97’ Chevy S10 pickup truck that I’d do grocery pickups with for my deli. I started putting the suits and clothes I was selling on the passenger seat — they were like my armrest. I’d drive around to different doctors and lawyers offices in Baltimore, selling men’s clothing from my truck. Some of my clients would come to the deli and I’d step outside to get them fitted right at the truck. I must have worked out of that Chevy for about a year.
From there, I started going to men's fashion shows. One thing led to another, and that turned into what we are doing today. It just clicked. I never looked back.”