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Meet Joshua Wright of Vicissitude

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Wright.

Joshua, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is Josh Wright and I’m 23 years old, born and raised in Delaware, Ohio. I grew up with interests in visuals (particularly photo & video, but also animation and design), fitness, music production, cars, skateboarding, and various outlets of fashion. I dropped out of college after my first semester due to a lack of interest in any traditional field.

I was also experiencing developing complications with my health, ultimately to be diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Through surgeries + trial and error, I was finally sent into remission, allowing me to be healthy, and grow. This led me to follow my interests in fitness – working full time in the gym industry; from customer service, training, to management. Along the way, my interests in sneakers and fashion developed with the current times, as well as being able to fund it with a full-time job. Several years down the road, I developed a strong sense of entrepreneurship, particularly after managing a business myself. I then decided to take my efforts full time with social media & create a clothing brand.

Sorry to hear about the health complications but glad to hear you are in remission! Putting that aside, has it been a smooth road otherwise?
I don’t believe anybody experiences a “smooth road” when developing through life or business.

I made a tee-shirt last year with monarch butterfly imagery and a quote “Comfort is the enemy of growth.”. This is a symbolism of metamorphosis: going through pressure (cocoon) & using it to develop your future, more evolved -self. In the past, I have noticed some substantial ties to anxiety, risk, fear, and to how it develops your character.

Some of the most notable challenges have been financial planning, physical/mental health maintenance, and learning to take motivation instead of intimidation.

Please tell us more about your business.
After a few years of growing my Instagram centered around sneakers and streetwear, I decided to build my own brand pertaining to this new audience. Since going through my own health issues mentioned earlier, I named the brand Vicissitude. This word simply means an unpleasant or unwelcome time. No matter physical or mental, we are all going through something.

I started making basic designs on quality tee shirts, later moving into hoodies and pants. I would sew the tags in and ship individually from my apartment at the time. Teaching myself to sew and design digitally led me to create 1/1 customs and jeans. Little by little my vision shaped into a more professional aspect, expanding into cut & sew garments. This lead me to Los Angeles, taking the leap of faith to swim with the sharks.

I now have my hands in professional manufacturing in downtown LA. Learning the ins and outs of pattern making took my vision to another level. Seeing the bare frame of what makes a garment, from fabric to final product, inspired me to develop even more unique pieces.

What sets Vicissitude apart is a kinship. I personally run every aspect of the brand, including all customer service, to ensure a high standard. I believe this to be one of the most important aspects of a successful company. People want to feel a sense of family, not treated as a consumer.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
There are a few things I like here in Los Angeles. The weather is always amazing, and there are events all the time to keep you entertained. Not to mention the exposure and ability to interact with others in your field. Grabbing groceries, running errands, and hitting the gym can all be done within a mile of each other just about anywhere you go.

There are a few downfalls to LA, most of which are personal. Being the only member of my family out here is one. I am a big family guy, so having my girlfriend and family back in Ohio does get hard at times. Another would be the cost of living – everything adds up. I would conclude with the traffic, however, I do enjoy whipping my Subaru STI around.

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@wrjght_, @vissclo, @franciskenneth, @thatkris

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