Today we’d like to introduce you to Enrique Jimenez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Enrique. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Mexican. I was born in Inglewood and I moved to South Gate at the age of four. During my junior year at South East High School, I met Mario. There’s an interesting story, during high school we had to make this powerpoint presentation about what our goals in life were and we made ours pretty easy. He added me to his powerpoint and I added him to mine. We both talked about our personal goals and then how we were going to attend a FIFA World Cup and start a business together.
We both failed this powerpoint presentation, however, we started a business and attended a World Cup together. Hopefully our teacher, Pacheco reads this article, goes back to our powerpoint and changes our grade to a C at least. It’s funny because we always fall back to this powerpoint when we don’t want to do something or we are just not having it, the other always says “what about the powerpoint?” haha. So, this powerpoint has somehow influenced some decisions we’ve made, which is weird because we both failed it. But, here we are.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a company can be challenging, specially in the early stages, actually, even before you start the company. I think the struggle begins when you share your idea with people. There will be a lot more people trying to discourage you than there are supporting you, to the point where you start thinking your idea is stupid. So yes, it can be a challenging road but what in life worth having comes easy?
I know I’m kinda going off-topic with your question and turning it more into a lecture but, in life, anything worth having is a challenge. If you are thinking about starting a company but you’re second-guessing and trying to find a solution to every challenge you might encounter along the road, you’re never going to start. Just go for it and take on each struggle as they come. Don’t talk about your idea, the more you share your idea, the more discouraged you will become. Mario and I decided not to talk about this idea to “start a company”, and till this day only two of our friends and a handful of family members know about this, and we like that.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about your work?
We make pins and patches but we wanted to give them a touch of Los Angeles. The people we encounter, the events we attend, the things we see, and just turn into something people can wear. What sets us apart from others? Well, there are many great companies in this field who make great work. We also make great work and we take pride in our quality and our customer service.
What makes us proud? You know what we really enjoy, going to an event and seeing people wearing our stuff. It is a great feeling to work on an idea than seeing someone wearing it, great feeling.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are currently working with a great artist, his name is Jio. You can find him on Instagram under “Designedbyjio”, he does great artwork and we will be releasing some pretty cool stuff for people to wear.
- All our pins are $10-12
- All our patches are $6-8
- Website: Pinnkl.com
- Email: email@example.com