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Life & Work with Troy Sylvester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Troy Sylvester.

Hi Troy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Being 22 and given the opportunity to launch my brand, I truly could not pass that opportunity. It was December 2020, I got Covid-19 and was stuck at home with my Boyfriend, Robert Gamil and two dogs. What felt like the longest two weeks of my life was truly the best two weeks of my life. I was forced to stay home with the person I love and my two perfect pups Biggie and Bugzi. Two weeks of endless Movies, TV Shows had passed and it’s now almost Christmas, testing negative a week before the Holidays was truly a blessing. This was the first Christmas that my Mom, Dad since their divorce, aunts, sister & boyfriend all gathered in one room for the first time. The day was nothing but bliss and this would be the start to the rest of my story. Later that night, I presented my Business Plan, Design Concepts, Financial Plan, and 1 & 2 years game plan for the brand. One family member in particular felt the love and passion I have for creating inclusivity and diversity in the fashion world, My Mother Kris Sylvester. She told me that night that she would 100% invest in my brand ‘Humans’. She told me that January 1st, we would call our lawyers and financial advisor and get this started, and that’s exactly what we did. We truly would be nowhere without my Mom, she’s shown me love and support my entire life and truly forever grateful.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As incredible as this Christmas was, this was what would be the last Christmas with my beloved Aunt Kathy. My Aunt was diagnosed this January 2021 with Stage 4 Terminal Cancer. She passed on April 29th just a few months after her diagnosis. I had just turned 22 on the 16th of April, in a time of celebration I was planning mine and my sister’s flights home to New Hampshire to say our goodbyes. Landing in Boston, Massachusetts I can feel how cold and horrific the weather was that day. My sister and I hopped in a taxi and made our way to meet our mom at her hotel so we could head to Kathy, when we got to my Mom we could tell something was wrong. Kathy passed while we were on our flight. What felt like a nightmare that we just wanted to wake up from, this was the reality that we had to deal with. We gathered ourselves some hours later and made our way to my mom’s sister, my Aunt Karen. My Aunt Kathy was partners with my mom’s sister my Aunt Karen. They truly were such an inspiration for me growing up as a Gay Male in society. They both showed me unconditional love and gave me that acceptance at such a young age that I will be eternally grateful for. We spent those few days grieving with my Aunt Karen and taking advantage of the family time we did get to share together.

Few days later, I flew to my cousin in Brooklyn, NY to just take a few days off from all the madness. My cousin Stephanie Zamarippa is truly everything to me, she cooked, listened to me rant, cry and truly just grieve. I took these days to just try and heal as well as eat because if anyone knows me they know I live to eat. After a few days of rest, incredible food and time with my cousin, It was time for me to come back to LA and to continue on. Jumping back into the swing of things was truly not as easy as I thought it would be, life hits you with the unexpected. It’s how we bounce back that keeps us moving forward. I forced myself to get up five days a week, make the drive to Downtown LA/ Century City to get this brand launched and open. Upon returning home just a few weeks later, I got a call from my Dad that my Grandpa had passed peacefully in his home with my Grandma and his Kids around him. At this point, I fell right back into that horrible time of grieving that just truly felt like torture. After losing two important people in my life, both of which I was robbed of my goodbyes, I learned the importance of telling your loved ones a simple “I love you”. Life is simply too short to miss these moments and I hope to continue to grow from these horrific times. Hug your loved ones every moment you can, I am telling you from my own mistakes. As a few weeks passed, I finally felt like myself again and was able to hop back into the swing of things. At this point, we were only a few months away from my Grand Opening of my Brick and Mortar location that we were getting ready to launch at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. After months of literal Blood, Sweat and Tears, ‘Humans’ was ready to open.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Humans officially launched September 25th. We are a new Designer Boutique that features my designs that are all ethically made in Los Angeles. Each aspect of my clothes is done right here in LA, the cotton is milled here at Asher Fabric Concepts, then sent to The Evans Group to cut & sew my garments, then sent to a Dye & Embroidery house in LA to get the final details finished up before arriving in our store. We are also working on new lines that will be dropping before the New Year. We also feature other incredible LA made brands such as NOU Candles by Izzy Stangl, Izzy hand pours roughly 100 candles a day and truly has the most incredible energy and personality out there. Her candles are also an incredible price of $32. We also feature DedCool Fragrances, these are made in Los Angeles by a young woman named Carina Chaz, Carina comes from a family of perfumists and the scents created are exquisite and unique to her brand. They are all unisex, vegan, non-toxic, oil-based fragrances ranging in price from $90-$130. Another brand we carry is Conges Fine Jewelry. Founded by Jamine Penna, Conges offers Fine Jewelry ethically made in LA ranging from $495-$5,000+. Conges is the perfect add on to any day to day outfit or most seen on the red carpet. Humans is your one stop shop for you and your loved ones especially with the holidays and colder weather coming up. Here at humans, we believe that it should be as simple as “Fit for Humans, Made by Humans”.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
First and foremost, this wouldn’t be possible without the help, support, and love from my mother Kris Sylvester. She truly believed in me and helped me through my entire journey to get here. My father, Gordon Sylvester and my sister, Marissa Sylvester were a huge support for me as well. I want to thank my partner Robert Gamil and his supportive family, Gayane Gamil and Gokor Tumanyan. A huge thank you to the Evans Group for manufacturing my garments to the highest of standards and playing such a big role in the launch of my business. Additionally, I want to thank Asher Fabric Concepts for producing/milling the most exquisite quality of cotton here in Los Angeles while still obtaining ethical practices for employees. All of these people and hundreds more to be named, the ones who have shown up for me, supported me, and believed in me- thank you.

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Photography: Sebastian Azcarte and Baylee Hubert

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