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Inspiring Conversations with Renard Woods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renard Woods.

Hi Renard, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and have lived in California since I was 19. After high school, I chose to go to the military rather than continuing a career in football. I love new challenges and felt I did not want to continue being a student-athlete. So I joined the United States Navy in 2010 and promised myself I would commit to college after my initial military contract. While in the military, I started the love for history and fashion. I was also committed to making sure I pursue my passions in how I see fit. I started school right after my military service; I graduated from the College of San Mateo in 2018 with an AA in history. I’m graduating from Long Beach State this semester, spring 2021, with a BA in world, the United States, and African/Middle East history. I officially started the brand while in my second semester at Long Beach state and felt I needed not to wait until I graduated; I did all I could to begin, although slammed with school work. I figured it out, and now we are here. I wanted to connect my passions in a meaningful manner; we all know we need better education and better-designed clothes. We are just trying to make our country a better place. I also do this for my family name; I want to leave a legacy that matters to the world.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?

Since starting the brand, it has been apparent setbacks due to the world’s pandemic. I was supposed to launch back in October, well before the holiday season. We had some major production setbacks due to people getting sick and overworked. Initially, I had in mind an extensive launch campaign and wanted to do a few open pop-up shop events again due to COVID-19; it didn’t make sense to do so. So I did a very soft launch of just the website. I will shift those events to my next drop; hopefully, the world is open, I am willing to wait to drop until then. I also just had my first child right before the launch; a newborn in the mix of Covid-19 is pretty stressful. However, since dropping my first collection, I’ve received a fantastic reaction from people all over the world. I’ve already had many prominent people in the fashion world see and love the collection. But I’m just beginning; as the obstacles from covid-19 ease up, I’m coming to take the industry by storm.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?

Renard Woods is a self-titled luxury clothing brand that is inspired by human history and Afro indigenous Americans. I want to help implement and uplift the cultural identity of Afro-Indigenous Americans with this brand because it will help put some pieces together with Americans’ social, political, economic racial issues. I want to help improve American society as a whole. We want to bring attention to the indigenous nature of most African Americans. The reclassification of Afro indigenous Americans from native tribal identities to African American, negro, and Black. The idea of all black Americans came to the American continents during the slave trade has not only put in the minds of black people that they have limited rights to the land, but it also tells the white society that blacks wouldn’t be here without their help. Like whites, we all share new immigrant statutes, thus aiding a more racist and divided nation. If this truth is realized, the business of racism can have such a powerful hold on American society. We specialize in high-quality designs that are contemporary, street, and edgy. I want to support and uplift all communities, especially those most impacted by American past predatory capitalism, laws, racial propaganda. This is all our love for my country and doing my part to make it better for everyone. I am proud to truly stand for something and help aid in the process of making our country better and all while building equity in the communities that need it the most. We offer some of the best materials for our designs; most fabrics are sourced directly from Italy. We currently make everything in Los Angeles. We also provide some styling if needed when wearing our designs.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?

The most important lesson is to simply keep going and don’t quit. Setbacks will always happen. Just believe in yourself and move on; figure out the details later.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Info@renardwoods.com
  • Website: Renardwoods.com
  • Instagram: Renardwoods
  • Facebook: Renard woods
  • Twitter: Renardwoods


Image Credits:

Imari Scott-Cheatham

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