Black Mote Inc – Interview with Todd Hinds

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I have a secret…

I love clothes! In fact, I love “stuff” period. If the item is marketed efficiently,  I’m all over it! Most people don’t know this about me because I don’t splurge on myself often and I only purchase what needs to be replaced.  Currently I’m looking for a “Mommy weekend sweatsuit”, a winter coat, and some boots. The thing is, I HATE to look like everyone else.  I go out of my way to be extremely unique or excessively simplistic.  So when I see a line that is classy and daring…I’m in!! Black Mote Inc is eye catching (not in that “What the _____does he have on?” kind of way.) Its clean and appropriate for just about whatever venue you are bold enough to wear it to. I had the privilege of interviewing the creator and picking the brain of a true “Diamond in the rough.”

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SYMACMU: How would you like your clothing line to influence black culture?

I would like my clothing line to influence black culture by providing a product that is solely designed and manufactured by people of my culture. The designs are inspired and created to fit all walks of my culture. It dresses everyone from the hip-hop culture all the way to the trendy business man.

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SYMACMU: Who is your target audience?

My target audience would be the trend setters. Whether it’s the fashion forward freshmen starting college or the fashionista blogger. I would say the age ranges from 18-40. In today’s world not everyone has the means to have multiple wardrobes. Their is a niche of customers who come from urban areas and can’t let go of certain looks. Casual has a standard in terms of colors, style, fit. By putting these two together you can now cater to more people not just solely one type of customer. It doesn’t limit anyone. Gives the buyer more of an option as well as trying new styles and feeling safe in their purchase.

SYMACMU: Was this a lifelong dream or a newfound passion?

This has been always a lifelong dream. I’ve been into fashion for a long time. Picking out my outfits from a young age to designing my own pieces. I always wanted to create fresh and unique ideas that people could wear and feel confident in.

SYMACMU: In terms of identity, individuality and clothing do you “judge a book by its cover?” Are you justified?

I would say that in my industry what you wear is like your walking resume. So yes, what you wear identifies you in ways that perhaps a librarian wouldn’t read into it but a stylist/fashionista would.

SYMACMU: In your opinion, what is a “Fashion Don‘t?”

A fashion don’t is putting on something that you don’t feel confident in. Once you put it on, “own” it! Another fashion don’t is putting down someone else’s sense of style because you don’t get it. Not everyone is going to be trendy and fashion forward, but the fact that they dared to be different and think outside of the box shouldn’t be looked down upon.

You can find more looks on Todd’s website: http://www.blackmoteinc.com

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“Where Did You Get That?” Interview with Andre Greaves of Seeled Clothing {Diamond In The Rough}

  I love many things.  One of my favorite things is when you have on a great article of clothing and someone says to you, “Where did you get that?”  I usually just smile and say “It was a gift” or “I don’t remember.”  The cause for these “white lies” is evident.  I don’t want anybody to look like me.  It’s slightly egocentric but a necessary evil when you are attempting to have your own unique style signature.

Seeled Clothing is a t-shirt line for men.  The bold lines and artistic designs make for a great conversation piece.  The t-shirt and jeans is the epitome of the easy-going effortless “I just threw this on” look.  It is the nucleus of several layering options.  The colors are vibrant and eye-catching.

I had the privilege of interviewing Andre Greaves, one of the creators of Seeled.  He explained his passion, his product and what we can look forward to in the future!

SYMACMU:  “Seeled” is an acronym for : See Everything Everywhere Lose Emotions Gain Dedication. Who came up with the name for the clothing line?  Why is it important to lose emotions?

AG: I did. Emotions are sometimes the downfall of success and me and my partner both being two strong-minded individuals/family we have to take the good with the bad and not worry about emotions slowing down the mark we want to make on the fashion world.

SYMACMU: What is the best part of working with your business partner, Myron “King Kage”? Who else contributes heavily to the Seeled creative process?

AG:The best part of working with Kage is he is a Go Getter! His experience and knowledge he gained being in the Music Industry has been vital to our success and a big part of the relationships we have built along the way. Anasa Greaves is our Creative Designer she brings our motto “Wearable Art” and the uniqueness to life in all our pieces.

SYMACMU: At Shutyamouthandcallmeugly.com we believe passion is the space between wanting something and needing something.  What are you passionate about? Do you think your passion is conveyed in the designs of Seeled Clothing?

AG: Positive change, one of our pieces called “Goes Around” is inspired by the prevention of gun violence it shows the effect guns have on the families of the victims and the families of the shooters. Definitely, all of our pieces show individuality, which stems from our passion to blur the lines between Vintage, Streetwear, and S.L.A.T.E.

SYMACMU: Do you consider yourself to be successful? Why or why not?

AG: I am blessed to see my dreams evolve from an idea to now coming to life. I have so much support from family, friends, and fans who believe in the Seeled movement, so yes I feel successful.

SYMACMU: Who is the target demographic for Seeled Clothing?  Is it the business man? The college student? The “thug”? The single father?

AG:All of the above, anyone who begs to be different and wants to express themselves through style and fashion is Seeled Clothing’s target.

SYMACMU: Where can one purchase your clothes?  Will the prices rise as the brand gains notoriety?

 AG :    www.seeledclothing.com, I would like to say, “no.”Honestly, I can’t answer that because of how quickly the fashion world changes and more importantly what it takes to stay competitive and unique.

SYMACMU: What about the women?  Are you thinking of starting a line for women?

AG: (He smiles) We talk a lot about a woman’s line because of all the support our males line has received from both men and woman so don’t be surprised! The most important thing at this point is mastering one project at a time.

By: Shaun M Nickens       

——->>>>>>>>You can see more designs and SHOP at : www.seeledclothing.com you can also follow Seeled on Twitter @SeeledClothing

Feel free to leave comments for Andre and you can email any questions you may have for him to: shutyamouthandcallmeugly@gmail.com!!!!