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Meet Dominique Macon of Dom Stefon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Macon.

Dominique, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In your middle school and high school days, it was all about who had the best or who was the flyest. We would always somewhat compete when it comes to clothes and shoes, almost like it was an everyday sport. I’ve always been into fashion except back then I followed the crowd. I usually went for the most popular shoe at the time or the name brand the everyone was rocking currently. It wasn’t until I started to get older and find myself before I was really branching out and dressing out of the norm. Although it was just me realizing I’m going to wear what I want with no care of anyone’s opinion, I noticed my style and taste start to really differ from most in my area. I grew up being an athlete my whole life so when I was done playing college ball, I really had no idea what I was going to do next.

Of course, I was still looked at as that rare athlete who can dress (joke), but I started to really get into the art scene and the whole process of creating and designing new things became so appealing to me. That just grew over time until I started to think of creative ways I can wear my clothes or alter them to make them look different from anyone else’s. I was working at Forever 21 at the time while still finishing school when I realized I wanted to start actually designing. My manager taught me how to hand stitch 2015, my mom bought my first machine the same year and the rest was history.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been one of the toughest roads I’ve ever traveled. Trial and error ya know. I”m not designing full time yet so along with being a parent, financial hardships sometimes, trying to find enough time outside of working day jobs and just a lot sacrificing. Most of my pieces are hand made and I run everything by myself so plenty of hours are put in.

What else should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I design custom one of one pieces. When I release a collection, it’s usually about a 5-7 piece collection. I think most of my audience and customers cling to my jackets and pants. I do a lot of reconstruction with my work which is what I feel I am most known for. I would have to say that from 2015 until now, there is definitely a notice in my gap of growth when it comes to designing which is ultimately what I am proud of. What sets me apart from others is is my ability to layer my pieces to mesh well. “a lot going on but still not overdoing it.”

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The older I get, the more I’m starting to realize that success is different for each and every person. Your idea of success may not be the next persons. For me, it’s a balance. Doing what you absolutely love to do while being able to support yourself and/or your family financially all at the same time. That’s my overall goal.

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2 Comments

  1. Kia

    July 9, 2019 at 19:09

    Awesome article! It is always inspiring to hear a young mans story in pursuing his dreams while maintaining obligations to his family. Although the journey gets tough it will workout.

  2. Debra

    August 5, 2019 at 04:12

    Awesome article. I know this guy very well. He has put in countless hours to get to the level he is at today! If he continues to hang in there — no limits to where GOD can take him! He truly has a Passion for Fashion. He is dedicated and meticulous about his work. Most of all he cares about his customers being satisfied and happy to come back to him for additional pieces. Kudos to you my Son!

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