Give us an introduction about yourself
CA Clothing Group (Carpenter-Asem), established in April 2017, is a partnership between close friends Jordan Carpenter and Simon Asem. Striving for success has helped to strengthen the bond of not only our partnership, but friendship as well. Recognizing our keen sense of creativity and design, we have embarked on a journey of reshaping how you see clothing.
What’s your bio? How did you get started?
Jordan proposed the idea of starting something new and innovative after a while of studying fashion movements and trends. After several months of research and planning, we finally made the decision to launch our brand. Not only were we inspired by establish individuals in the clothing business, but we also aim to inspire our own generation. We believe that our generation is full of talented individuals that are hesitant to take the leap of faith into making their dreams a reality. We simply want to encourage other individuals to do what they want, and not hold back.
Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?
We chose the fashion industry because we wanted to redefine how people viewed clothing. The goal of our brand is to change the mindset of conforming to social norms. Every day, we see brands limiting their products to certain standards. People are informally told they either have to look a certain way or have a specific social status in order to properly represent a brand. Our intention is to break that barrier and introduce a brand that accepts everyone for who they truly are. We want people to know that it may be our brand, but it’s their style that represents us.
What according to you is a favorite part of being a fashion designer?
It’s definitely difficult to identify a favorite part of what we do. What we cherish the most is the opportunity of sparking new ideas and being creative. Getting the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of people makes it all worthwhile. Being fashion designers gives us an artistic platform of expressing ourselves to the world. To us, having the ability to create a new piece is like taking a dream and turning it into a reality.
Where do you see your brand going in the next 2-5 years?
We are always trying to create new and innovative styles for our brand. Currently, there are new designs being drafted everyday by our team. In the near future, customers will start to see our brand beginning to redefine how society views the typical t-shirt. We won’t give out all of our secrets on what’s happening behind closed doors but anticipate a clothing revolution from CA Clothing Group. The future 2-5 years hold a ton of opportunity for our brand. We plan on forming collaborations with a multitude of different individuals in order to gain a larger audience for our brand. With the help of social media, we hope to globally expand CA Clothing Group. Our brand should not just be limited to one culture.
Who/what inspires you to design?
Our inspiration came from a multitude of successful influencers in the fashion industry. The main one being Jerry Lorenzo. Mr. Lorenzo’s passion and dedication for his love of fashion is our driving force. Inspiration from our brand also comes from the dedication of wanting to inspire others. We want people around us to know that it isn’t impossible to pursue their dream. Our drive to succeed should motivate others to start thinking differently to what society says is and isn’t achievable.
Give some advice to all the up and coming fashion designers
Your first idea won’t always be the best. Believe it or not, not everyone will want you to succeed. It is important to have confidence and faith in yourself. Entering the fashion business doesn’t have to break the bank. Do your research and start small, but dream big. Definitely don’t be afraid to take opportunities when they’re presented.
What’s your message to the youth?
The biggest advice we can offer others is not to hesitate. Stop telling yourself that someday you will get around to doing it. The day needs to be today! Everyone needs to understand the truth about failure. Failing at something is your only true chance to grow as an individual. We want people to understand that if they don’t try, then they’ll never know the outcome. You can’t sit back and listen to society tell you it won’t work, if you haven’t given it a shot yourself. Humble yourself and believe in what you have to offer.
How do you want to impact the world?
Our impact on the world is to someday leave a legacy of self-expression. Hopefully, we create a long-lasting impression for generations to come.
We would like to give a specific shout out to our CA Clothing Group family. It is our fans and customers that make everything possible. If it wasn’t for them, none of this would be possible. Thank you for the support you provide and believing in the dream.
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