Today we’d like to introduce you to Zendaya Taylor.
Zendaya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It started as wanting to master a new craft as I do almost every year and this one being fashion design. Like most people in this field, I had the goal of making pieces I knew no one else owned but myself. Although I was never taught how to use a sewing machine or educated in this field at all the minute I got my hands on one, it was like second nature. Few days after at the age of 17, I created my first pair of denim patched pants. I wasn’t expecting public approval, nor the thought that people would want to wear my pants crossed my mind but the second I stepped outside in the streets of LA, I was in disbelief of the reactions I got from others.
After countless times of turning down many potential clients, I eventually made the decision in the middle of my senior year of high school to start a clothing brand. Not knowing what I was getting myself into my brand took off faster than I could sew while in my most important year of high school, which didn’t help. From countless all-nighters, falling asleep at 5 AM, to create and using half of my closet as fabric, it has resulted in so much growth to where I am today.
Has it been a smooth road?
I believe in a process where you have to be your own motivation and having to believe on your own faith with no one to rely on, there will always be “struggles.” Along the way, I was going through so many personal and family obstacles that could have easily run me off the road but with the mindset, I have the word “struggle” immediately translates to “growth.” Therefore I never struggled because just like someone else who was in my same position, they found a solution and bodied it. It wasn’t smooth but it wasn’t a struggle because I didn’t make it one.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Broke Riche$ story. Tell us more about the business.
Broke Riche$ is a clothing company that is known for reworked patchwork as well as our mission to be a contributor to the decrease of poverty in LA. We take recycled fabrics and jeans that some would consider out of style or unwearable and make them into something no one has seen before. On the flip side, we have a mission as well as a meaning:
“Take away the money from the riches and all there’s left is flesh. The broke ones are equal if not worth more than the ones who have it all. Strip it all away and the broke are just as rich as the rich” -Broke Riche$
Through the clothing, people decorate their bodies with we created a movement. 15% of each item sold goes to helping someone who doesn’t have the resources to help themselves. As a company, I am most proud of the community we have created.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next few years, I see the industry and demand of patchwork increasing greatly if not skyrocketing. It has the potential of repeating history and becoming a trend again.
- Reworked Bape Pants- $200