Today we’d like to introduce you to Mcjordan Erhunmwunse.
Mcjordan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Fashion wasn’t always something I knew I’d end up pursuing but growing up I knew I was creative and I wanted to push myself to find out my capabilities as an artist. I played around with many mediums and I generally enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together again. I enjoyed writing, painting, and making music. Eventually I fell into fashion and it felt very organic.
I ran into fashion after seeing my first fashion show. Like a lot of things I’ve explored, I felt creative freedom and I felt like I could be who I wanted to be when I wanted. I’m from a small town in Maryland and there’s not a lot of fashion here, but I also traveled a lot as a kid and fashion made me feel closer to the places I wanted to be without actually being there. I eventually took fashion seriously when I saw that I could make a lucrative career out of it. I started taking classes locally around my hometown and studying different designers but I think a lot of what I know is self-taught – A big part of being independent in fashion is individualism and knowing what works for you and what doesn’t. Straight out of high school, I applied to about five colleges, one of them being the Fashion Institute of Technology where I was accepted and eventually attended. College is an experience I’ll appreciate forever but was it totally for me, I don’t think so.
The school has great resources and reputation but there were many times that I’d feel singled out when it came to ideas I’d have – This eventually sparked the fire to start my own brand. I started M.J.E Studios during my third year at FIT and since starting, I’ve made great connections with stylists, writers, directors, and other designers that I respect tremendously and even started to get celebrity clientele after a short period of time. I remember my first small 6-piece collection I put out in November of 2018 that I shot in the streets of soho in New York. Of course, I’ve grown a lot since then but the ethics and design techniques that I value today are still present when I look back at it. Fast forward to today, I’ve graduated with my BA in technical design and my AAS in fashion design from the fashion institute and I released a women’s capsule collection earlier on this month that you can view on my website! www.mjestudios.com
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been anything but smooth there are still hurdles i’m facing today. However, I appreciate every hurdle I’ve gone through as its helped me grow a lot. One of my biggest obstacles was adapting to the in-and-outs of the business and getting a good handle of money management which has gotten better but still could be improved. There are a lot of financial avenues that come with running a fashion business from sourcing, sample-making, production, etc. It’s always good to have someone by your side to help handle the business side of things. One of the things I’ve overcome that I’m most proud of is connecting and understanding my audience. Being independent, it’s imperative that you thoroughly know your audience. Things like knowing where they hang out, the kind of music their into, where they live, the way they like to look and feel, etc. There’s still a lot I have to learn about them, but I think I’ve developed a great connection with them.
Please tell us about M.J.E Studios.
I launched M.J.E Studios a little over 2 years ago and the names derives from the abbreviation of my name. I specialize in ready-to-wear clothing for men and women and I pride myself in making the wearer feel their best selves. I’m known for fusing Utility/functionality with clever cutting, clever fabrication, and constantly pushing the quota of modernity. I’m most proud that my brand is building a clearer identity everyday. I love that people now see a piece from me and say, “That’s M.J.E Studios”.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I could start over, I would’ve looked harder for someone to venture off into the business of fashion with when I was starting out – I would’ve had a lot less headaches. Running a business by yourself won’t last very long. This industry can get very expensive, I also definitely would’ve saved up more money when I was starting out.
- Website: www.mjestudios.com
- Phone: 240-778-7885
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @mcjordan.erhunmwunse / @mjestudios
- Twitter: @MJE_studios
All clothing credits: M.J.E Studios @mjestudios