Model Gordon Coates started his modeling career while attending college at Loyola University in New Orleans. He loved the initial reaction and recognition he got from his first few modeling opportunities so from then, Gordon has been striving to continue growing his modeling career.
Modeling has not only brought Gordon recognition, he claims it is the major part of helping him maintain a healthy lifestyle. Gordon prides himself on his ability to break the masculine/feminine boundaries and strives to make a place for himself in high fashion.
For more information on Gordon Coates follow him on Instagram @Spicey_br0wn
Welcome to the SHOEBOX
Official DeadStock is a shoe company that was created especially for the sneaker heads. Owner, James Jones is a sneaker head himself and started ODS because he wanted to provide a way for his fellow comrades to enjoy exclusive shoes at the best price. James tells us, “I have loved shoes since elementary school and always wanted to work in a shoe store. We will always have the best resell price in town. I love shoes and genuinely want to see others who love shoes be able to get them at a great price.”
James tells us the incredible story of how he turned his passion into his business. While he always knew that he wanted to work in a shoe store, he didn’t imagine that he would start out owning his own. He explains, “One summer I had to pay for a summer class out of pocket with no help from financial aid. I didn’t know how I was going to come up with the money to pay for class, but I knew I didn’t want to ask my parents for the money. I was sitting on my bed when I realized how many shoes I had sitting around in my room, and at that moment I decided to sell some of my shoes to come up with the money to pay for the class. Once I paid for the class and saw how fast I was able to get the money I decided to do it more often and that’s when OfficialDeadstock was born.”
While the company has been very successful since its inception, James admits that he has had his share of challenges as a business owner. He talks about some of the challenges of running a business and how he has had to learn some hard lessons along the way. “The most challenging thing about starting my business was having my store broken into 2 months after I opened. I didn’t have any insurance and had to pay for everything out of pocket. I have insurance now. Entrepreneurship Is a struggle. But when the money comes it’s well worth it.” The young boss has this advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “Save your income tax refund and invest it in getting your business started.”
ODS also features exclusive apparel that allows you to rep your city to the fullest. The new fall line of Mo. City t-shirts recently released in late September. The collection features camo, olive green, maroon, and OG black. In the future, ODS has plans to serve the Houston area in a larger fashion by adding more stores throughout the city. Also, be on the lookout for ODS collaborations with designers to bring sneaker heads special editions shoes exclusively at Official Dead Stock.
Creative fashion design with a divine purpose in mind.
That is what Godson is all about. A company with a divine purpose. Creative and uncommon designs have allowed the young brand to experience early success, with recording artist Dej Loaf recently rocking the merchandise. For owner and creator Christopher Garcia, this is just the beginning. Christopher started by helping a friend with their clothing line. In 2014, he began to feel compelled to create his own designs. “I just wanted to get out my creative ideas and just simply create. I knew I wanted to provide a platform to help others chase their dream since day one. I started this brand with a purpose to evoke emotion via streetwear clothing from a Christian point of view.” Continue reading “Godson owner talks Houston’s fashion scene, and the message behind the brand”
Negash is the future.
It is the future of fashion, of style, of consciousness. Never before has a clothing brand connected you with the history behind the fashion and educated you about the meaning behind the designs. Negash is an African inspired brand, mainly with designs that are associated with ancient Egyptian history and culture.
Rocklin Hotep Negash, creator of Negash Apparel & Footwear was inspired by his hometown of Detroit, MI and the arts and life of Egyptian culture. The brand is heavily influenced by Egyptian symbols, Pharaohs, Gods, and Goddesses. Their logo, the Deshret crown, was worn by the Pharaohs ruling over Lower Egypt. They inspire their customers to know their history and to know that they are royalty.
Since its creation in 2004, the brand has presented nothing but high quality products that can be shipped to your front door in just two days. When creating designs, they follow no rules or guidelines; they simply create. Rocklin explains, “There are no rules. Fashion is art and interpretation. We follow no guidelines we allow the designs we create to speak to us. Here in Detroit the fashion styles all differ person to person no one dresses alike.”
The brand has seen much success and is currently working on their upcoming fall/winter collection. They plan to become a worldwide brand with stores in major cities and countries. To get your hands on the latest fashion first, stay connected with FYI Houston for updates on Negash.
Fuck You Houston’s Awesome!
Rep yo city! If you’re from Houston, Texas you know how serious it is. When it comes to being proud of your hometown, true Houstonians are the proudest. That is true in all aspects of Houston culture; from sports, music, and even fashion–Houston culture is embedded in every aspect.
Fck You Houston’s Awesome (FYHA) is a clothing line that is truly proud of Houston’s culture and represents it on every article of clothing that they produce. They say it very boldly, so you won’t misunderstand: Fck You Houston’s Awesome.
Creators Anthony Gassnola and Adria LeCrone 36 have both been intrigued with fashion and the industry since they were young kids, but more recently started their company because they wanted to showcase their passion for fashion and design as well as their passion for Houston culture. “We grew tired of the continuous bashing of Houston and wanted to make a brand that shows how much we love it.” FYHA is the go-to brand for anyone who wants to put on for the city. FYHA designs are inspired by Houston’s urban culture, with a twist of the creators’ individual flare. They explain that their fashion style inspiration is as diverse as Houston culture is. “Houston is a melting pot of all different fashion trends. We pull inspiration from all aspects of living in Houston. It could be from different music, graffiti, tattoos, bars and anything that deals with the Houston culture.”
FYHA has been doing extremely well, with styles that are unmatched. Since starting the company, the creators have experienced their share of setbacks and success. From trying to run an entire company with the manpower of two, to collaborating with other dope designers to create even doper fashions, the journey has been trying but rewarding. They explain, “Through design we’ve been able to make connections with people we would, on a normal day, not have met. FYHA has become our voice and even movement to celebrate all things Houston.” The duo has been working hard from the start and have plans to take the brand to the next level and work their business full time. They offer this advice to anyone who wants to get their start in the fashion industry: “Don’t be afraid to take risks and chase your dreams.”
FYHA is a Houston brand, created by Houstonians, for Houstonians and those who appreciate Houston’s culture. Make sure you stay connected with the brand for the latest representation of Houston’s unique trendsetting culture.
“If we don’t wear it, we don’t make it” -FYHA
Blessed be the Konnects
FYI Houston keeps you updated with the latest trends FIRST. In the fashion realm, we have another new comer who goes by the name of Royal Connection, representing Houston, TX by way of Dallas, TX.
FYI Houston talks with owner and creator, Natalie Coleman to find out the scoop on the latest fashion for the winter, her go-to styles, and how you can rock your own exclusive Royal Konnection gear.
Kouture 2 Fight Kancer Charity Fashion Show was organized by Pretty Girls with Cancer ™ a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The founder and CEO is Kandice Rose, who is a 5 year cancer survivor. To bring awareness of early detection and prevention, PGWC offers its signature event, Kouture 2 Fight Kancer, to you at Warehouse Live on November 7, 2015 at 7 o’clock in the evening. Survivors, fighters and caregivers will “rip the runway” wearing the latest trends in fashion from an elite selection of boutiques. Professional make-up artists and stylists will finish the look for each model. Our hostess for the evening will be Miss Sugar Land 2013.
In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction, signature drinks, catered dining, and the biggest “Celebration of Life” afterwards with the founder, Kandice Rose. Kandice will be celebrating Pretty Girls with Cancer ™ ‘s 3 year anniversary, along with her fifth year as a survivor. The night will have socialites, family, friends, and VIP’s, as well as corporate sponsors to raise funds for PGWC and provide support for the different programs they offer.
We look forward to seeing you all support a great cause and help us reach our goal of $15,000.
It will help us fund our programs including ‘Totes of Love”, Glamping Retreat, Coinz for Kids with Cancer and our Sisterly Relations monthly events. Our volunteers, PGWC team, coordinators, Glam Squad and models have worked so hard to give you the “Best Charity Fashion Show in Houston”! Make sure to mark your calendars. Get your tickets NOW before they‘re all gone! For Sponsorship and Donations, please visit our website at www.prettygirlswithcancer.com
Purchase your tickets NOW at http://www.warehouselive.com under “Pretty Girls with Cancer” Cocktail or evening dress is required for the after party and you must be 21
Melodrama, Robigirls, Kels Kloset, My Trendy Place and Men’s Warehouse (Pearland)
Remember, your contributions are tax deductible, and more importantly, will aid us in the fight against cancer.
Latonya Dansby Kandice A. Rose
Event Coordinator Founder/ Executive Director
Are you breaking into the modeling industry? If you are, FYI Houston would like to know about you. We will be selecting a male and female model to spotlight weekly. Become FYI Houston’s Model of the Week by sending your name, 2 photos of yourself (one head shot and one full body photo), and a short summary about you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halena designs is a small boutique featuring custom and traditional pieces highlighting Eritrean culture. The company was established by Halena, who is a native of Eritrea and currently living in Detroit. “Jewelry is an easy, functional and beautiful way to incorporate culture into everyday wear.” she tells us.
Halena has two focuses with her company: to make beautiful jewelry that women can enjoy for any occasion as well as introduce customers to the unique and rich Eritrean culture. “I love the fact that something I create can bridge the cultural gap for Eritreans living in diaspora. It also brings awareness to Eritrea and its rich culture, as well as making it easily accessible to all who admire it.”
You can purchase this beautiful jewelry on their website and it will be delivered to you (almost) anywhere you are in the world.