Interview with Clothing Brand / AKSTAR Clothing | Edition VIII
Describe your Brand As if we were all blind:
My brand is a diary of my life. I illustrate everything that I feel, felt, been through and still going through. I just do it in a stylish and fashionable way and hopefully people can connect with it the same way they connect with music. I like to compare myself to a music artist, they write songs about what they’re feeling or have felt (most of them). Same with me, when I sit down to draw I let all of the emotions inside of me out. That’s when I’m vulnerable.
When did you realize you wanted to become a designer and what was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
I realized I wanted to design when I was about 6 or 7 years old. At that young age I would always be thinking of a name for my line or I was always drawing on my clothes or coloring my sneakers and what not. The first article of clothing I designed was a t-shirt back in like 2002 just for fun. I played basketball in high school so I drew Spongbob in basketball clothes spinning a basketball on his finger and it read “The Reason” on the back. That was my basketball nickname (laughing)
How would you define your city’s fashion?
New York has great fashion. I love it, but since I spent a few weeks in London I was amazed at how effortlessly (I don’t even know if that’s a word) fashionable everyone was. Everyone was looking great, but it was so effortless.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
I knew it would eventually be a serious business, but it’s all fun to me.
How is the internet changing your craft? I wouldn’t say it has changed my craft, but it has allowed me to reach people universally. It’s such a wonderful tool if you use it correctly. You can network, advertise, and promote all around the universe without having to be places physically. Don’t get me wrong I love being places physically doing promo, sticking up posters, going to different countries, and interacting with people face to face, but the internet allows people to know you before you get there. It kind of warms people up.
Your concepts are very unique and original is there a pressure to always maintain that consistency with your new designs?
There’s no pressure at all. Everything I do is so organic and it’s just me. If you’re being yourself then their shouldn’t be any pressure. There’s no pressure for me to be myself.
Do you consider yourself an artist?
YES. I’m a designer and artist or an artist and designer. Whatever way you want to put it.
Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
Marc Jacobs, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Scott, I can go on for years if I list all the people I want to interact with this year.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
Plain and simple my long-term goals are to build one of the biggest if not the BIGGEST brand in the universe, become the greatest designer/artist in the universe, and open up a massive Akstar store with insane architecture. Here’s my Summer 2009 video lookbook: http://vimeo.com/5620304