What’s your backstory?
I was born and raised in a small town in Washington State, where there was never much opportunity. A lot of people finish High School and then go on to work arduous jobs, and seeing my parents experience this first hand, I knew I had to do something big with my life. I had to create something special to make sure my family doesn’t have to lift a finger ever again. It was just a matter of finding the right path for myself.
At the young age of 15, I discovered my passion for fashion and business, and since then I was determined to make my goals and aspirations my reality. At that point in my young life I began to design various pieces of clothing for different clothing brands. I also began brainstorming, developing business plans and a variety of different ideas for my own fashion company.
Around this time was when my best friend and business partner created the idea of XKM, the high-end luxury company. We spent hours brainstorming ideas and designing different articles of clothing. XKM quickly became everything we thought about and constantly worked on for years.
After graduating High School and being accepted into the University of Washington, I embarked on a new journey in Seattle, WA. I quickly adapted to the city life and was focused on my studies for a business degree. While taking actual business courses in school, I was even more intrigued and so I would go out and do my own research on the fashion industry. I was extremely curious when it came to fashion and business, I asked myself “How did they make it?” “What was their first move?” and “How does that translate to our modern society and where the fashion industry stands today?”. Due to these questions, I would spend hours reading and learning about fashion brands whom are already successful.
Once the school year was over, I used the knowledge and expertise I had gained from working with people and studying clothing brands to develop a website and bring my products to life.
Although there have been hardships and confusion throughout my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve always been about making things happen, whether I am alone or not. I have always been extremely determined on accomplishing my goals and that will never change.
At only 19 years of age, I have Co-founded not only my very own company, but my lifelong dream. That is my first accomplishment of many.
If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
What I believe is the most important thing to do when figuring out what you want to do or who you want to be, is to find your passions and then figure out how you can turn that passion into a dollar bill. Once you do that, you are one step closer to happiness and success.
After your passion is found, educate yourself. Whether that is going to school or learning on your own, education is extremely vital when chasing success. When you learn the job, and how the industry works then the world really does become your playground and it’s up to you to make the most of it, but that is impossible to do without putting in the hard work and countless hours of research and reading.
The last suggestion I have would be to connect. Connect with other people whom share the same vision and passion as you. Something that has worked incredibly for me is that I have surrounded myself with people who have the same drive as myself, people who share the same big goals and aspirations. People who will work 24/7 and there is absolutely no one who can stop them. These are the people who today I can call my best friends, my team, my brothers.
What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
The most exciting project I am currently working is something I have created alongside my business partner and best friend. That being our company, XKM.
XKM has been something we have been working on for years, ever since we were young teenagers in High school. It all started with a vision that we had to create something special that will be recognized on a global scale.
We have a game plan set in motion with very big goals we will achieve. With our work ethic, determination, and incredible vision we will go out and accomplish every single one of our goals.
Because of XKM, I am very excited for what the future holds. We are set to create and do great things.