Interview with Shawn Hosea, founder of stacksanddreams.
Stacks&Dreams Apparel is a progressive clothing line created by American Music Producer Shawn Hosea. The foundation of Stacks&Dreams is based on positivity and the credence of achieving the goals and dreams that one may pursue in their life.
Hey Shawn, how are you doing today?
Hi Joseph, I’m well. I just finished going over some designs actually.
You just officially launched your new clothing line, how was the feeling?
Wow, I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding feelings that a person could experience. So far, I’ve gotten a great response from the public. It feels good for people to accept and embrace what I put so much time and work in to.
Can you give some background information about yourself?
Well for starters, I’ll be celebrating my twenty-first birthday on the 26th of June. In my earlier years I grew up in a military household, so my childhood was spent in different states along the east coast. I can definitely say that being around different people in different regions is something that all people should experience. I live and go to school in Atlanta, GA now.
What inspired you to start a clothing line, you know, because you’re a music producer right??
Yes, music production is a big part of my life. I can say that music has an equal value with S&D on the list of my priorities. I started a clothing line for a plethora of reasons. The artistic aspect and creativity that comes with fashion has always intrigued me. Also, with me being the business savvy person that I am, I knew that I would have to spread myself into other markets for networking and branding purposes. Not only is Stacks&Dreams a brand, but Shawn Hosea is a brand in itself also.
So how do you cope with going to school and running your own line, I mean it must be tense?
It’s not exactly stressful right now, because I just launched. I expect things to get a lot more strenuous along the way as I grow globally. The only tense part I’ve experienced before launching is working with different people on getting S&D prepared. You have to make sure everyone is always on the same page of your agenda. Luckily, I happened to work with some great designers, photographers, and printers.
Can you tell us more about what stacks and dreams is about?
Stacks&Dreams is all positive. The company mission came from my own desires and ambitions to carry out my dreams. The feeling was so strong to me that I felt like everyone should feel the same way. Everyone should have a dream or passion for something. I chose to get people’s attention through musically inspired art. I very much feel that music resonates with everyone worldwide.
Were you always into fashion or was it a new found passion?
It’s a little bit of both. I’ve always loved art and the way it can be transformed into being fashion. As far as the actual fashion industry goes, there were a lot of new things I learned once I decided to actually pursue it.
Do you have any competitors?
This is business so of course I consider people in my industry competition. At the same time I like what a lot of brands are doing with their companies. I find inspiration in how my peers operate. This is friendly competition. As competitors we are not trying to destroy each other. It’s like a sport. Were trying to see who’s the best.
Who are your target markets?
I don’t like to put S&D in a box because I feel like my mission relates to everybody. At the same time, I do understand that I cannot spread myself to thin. In this case, I believe my demographic is mostly the age groups of 13 to 35 and targets people who like art as well as music.
Do you have any role model/influences?
Growing up, my uncle Billco was the biggest role model to me. He was the ultimate business man in my eyes, and I think that’s why I do what I do to this day. He owns and runs a barber shop in Gary, Indiana and has done so since his high school years. He’s never worked a job in his life! My parents definitely inspired my morals and work ethic.
What do you do to relax yourself? All work and no play make Shawn a dull boy right?
Ha, my work is never dull to me because I love what I do. I listen to a lot of music to get relaxed after a long day. Listening to music before I go to bed has been a daily practice of mine since before I can remember.
What is your favourite piece of clothing that you own?
Definitely my Adidas Superstars, classic shell toes. All white, with the navy blue stripes.
What should we be expecting from you in the future?
Well, the fall/winter season designs are almost finished. For that, expect the line to have a more matured look and feeling to it. I have some great new ideas for branding so expect some crazy things! Keep up with the S&D Blog to stay up to date with me and the company.
Thank you for your time.
No problem Joseph and thank you for interviewing me. These were great questions.