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Meet Junior Guillaume of Subtle Garments

Today we’d like to introduce you to Junior Guillaume.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My interest in clothing and fashion started at a young age. I’ve always been aware of what I was wearing and just making sure I feel good in them. My senior year of high school (2013) I started a clothing line with my friends. It was the start of everything for me. Those were the years I was really experimenting with what type of clothing could be made. Fast forward six years later, I started my own line, Subtle.

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?
Never been a smooth road. When you pursue something you’re passionate about, not everyone will be on the same page as you or believe your vision. Even family and friends will doubt you. There are days where you feel like you can’t do it anymore or want to give up.

The thing that kept me going was saying to myself that I want to do this for me and I also wanted to prove people wrong. I used any negative feedback and doubts to fuel me. I’m still not anywhere close to where I’d like to be, but its cool seeing progress from never giving up. You have to make the doubters believe in you. You have to believe in you more than anyone.

Subtle Garments – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Subtle Garments is more than just clothing. The reason why the logo is a B is because, in the word Subtle, it’s silent. “Move in Silence” Is really a testament to how I’ve been maneuvering these last six years. I’ve been very on the low learning how to make the best clothes, finding the best fabrics, and just making sure the pieces I create are exactly what I want. I like how clothes can bring people together, I love seeing or hearing about people wearing Subtle and just the interactions they have with someone else wearing it. What sets us apart is something you’ll have to find out.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When I had my first pop up shop. I was honestly in disbelief at the turnout. It was amazing seeing the support from everyone. I really was proud that my parents were able to see the turnout! As I said before, it wasn’t always smiles telling my parents I wanted to pursue making clothes. After years of the doubts, they are coming around to see things can happen. My parents love that I am pursuing clothes now and that’s amazing in itself.

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Estevan Cruz, Lissy Poeut

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