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Meet Jered Vargas of Triple 7 Distribution in Arts District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jered Vargas.

Jered, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My career in sales and brand development started in 2010, with a small brand that some friends of mine had started called CLSC. At first it was just some kids making shirts, but we all moved to Los Angeles and started to turn it into a real business with a decent following. Being around Fairfax at the time, I ended up getting an opportunity to work at The Hundreds store. We learned a lot from a brand that was successful and started connecting with new people that had been in the industry.

We were a small team and I fell into the sales manager role as the brand grew. I scaled the wholesale business, and we started facing new challenges. Shipping, logistics, production management and accounting somehow became part of my role.

One year at a trade show I ran into Anwar Carrots. He had started his new brand Carrots by Anwar Carrots and I asked him who was helping him. At the time it was just him so I let him know if he ever wanted some help, I would be around. About six months later, Anwar hit me up and told me “I’m ready to take you up on your offer”. That is what really changed everything for me. I started helping him out a bit with sales and structure, applying my knowledge of what I learned wearing a ton of hats.

As Carrots grew, it became a bit of a conflict of interest to be a sales manager for another brand at the same time. Given some-what of an ultimatum to either be a sales manager for CLSC or go off and help Carrots on my own…I decided to start my own agency. I had seen other sales reps handle multiple brands so I figured I could do the same as long as I didn’t have a salary and instead just worked as an agent.

This is what birthed Triple 7 distribution. The idea to work with young brands and give them some structure and guidance. I knew my strengths and figured most creatives need someone to help them actualize their ideas. Triple 7 was always meant to be more than a sales agency, so I labeled it a Brand Development company instead.

From the beginning, I was lucky to have great people around me. After Carrots, Mike Cherman had showed me a new project he was working on called “Chinatown Market” and asked if I wanted to sell it. At the time, I don’t think I fully understood what the brand was, but I knew I believed in Mike as a designer and took him up on it.

With Chinatown Market and Carrots as the first brands I worked with, the business was created. Now almost four years later, I’ve seen these brands reach a new level of success and it has been amazing to be apart of it.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I definitely would not call it a smooth road. I have been extremely blessed to have my first business be mildly successful, but there is still a long way to go. Running a company as a young business owner has been extremely stressful. Working 12+ hours days, constantly traveling, managing employees…it can all be a challenge. I wouldn’t call it a struggle. I think I am attracted to the pain of it all sometimes.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Triple 7 Distribution – what should we know?
Triple 7 is a brand development company. We specialize in wholesale management. We are known for working with emerging brands that have potential but just need some guidance.

I am grateful for every person who has taken the risk to work with me and trusted my vision. We by no means have everything 1000% figured out, but we are dedicated to the partners we have and will always be true to our word.

I would say what sets us apart is the fact that we really put the creative first wherever we can. I never want to change the way someone visualizes their project. The apparel industry, specifically streetwear, has worked in a pretty similar way over the last 20+ years and it is a bit boring. We are here to work with the disrupters of the industry and hope we can disrupt in our own ways as well.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Don’t talk about, be about it. Work hard and be transparent with the people you work with.

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