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Meet Kubrat Salaam of Kubitees

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kubrat Salaam.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kubrat. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Today Kubitees is a growing and bustling online store that offers everything from apparel and accessories to home decor and customizable products. However, when I first started Kubitees back in elementary school, it was nothing more than a hobby. For almost two years, I tried to sell handmade t-shirts but I had absolutely no results. Despite this, I still kept making shirts and implementing new ideas I had. Eventually, I got my first sale and I began to witness my side hustle form into a functioning, thriving business that now serves customers all over the world.

Looking back at the journey from where I started to where I am today reveals that my path has been everything but linear. I have faced countless setbacks and I’ve had to overcome a lot of no’s, but I saw success because I had strong support systems and I was consistent. So this is just a quick shoutout to my family, my friends, and my communities for the roles they played in making me a successful business owner! I’m forever grateful to them because I truly wouldn’t be here without their backing.

Has it been a smooth road?
As I mentioned previously, I was almost two years deep into Kubitees before I got my first sale. That was hands down the biggest struggle I faced on my journey, and it’s one of the main reasons why I haven’t had a “smooth road”. Aside from this, I’ve had the usual slow sale periods and the expected no’s that come with trying to expand a business. But generally speaking, I’ve lucked up a lot when it comes to my business and I’ve become the jack of MANY trades. Knowing a lot of different things about business has made running my business relatively easy to do–especially while in school most of the time. Simply put though, my road hasn’t been smooth but it could be worse. I’m just grateful for how far I’ve come and where I’m going from here!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Kubitees – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Kubitees is an online apparel, accessories, and décor store that was formally founded by me, Kubrat Salaam, in 2016. Through my products, I strive to make powerful statements and start meaningful conversations. Moreover, my business supports independent artists and artisans worldwide while also giving people of color more options and truthful representations in the marketplace.

As a business owner, I am most proud of the artists I’ve been able to work with as well as the opportunities I’ve been able to create for other people. I recently launched a Kubitees initiative, the Young Creators and Visionaries Collaborative (YCVC), which is a one-day summer production where young adults and business owners come together to collectively produce several fashion shows, photoshoots, and video shoots. The goals for every YCVC are that each participant walks away with more exposure, more connections, and more experience.

So far I’ve had two annual YCVC’s and I’m looking forward to the third annual YCVC coming next summer!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love most about our city is how it always keeps me on my toes. What I like least about our city–if I’m keeping it a buck–is how gentrified and dirty it is.

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Image Credit:
Photographers: Hanna Leka, Paul Mora; Models: Desiree Crayton, Ayo Banjo, Aysha Word, Kazeem Salaam, Journee Walker

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