Tishomengia ‘Tish’ Lott began designing at the tender age of 7, when her grandmother taught her to make clothes for her dolls. She has been a fashionista ever since. When she decided to take her passion seriously she enrolled in Wade College to pursue a degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Calvin: I’ve mostly been working on the brand of course, implementing ideas and coming up with new ones, achieving goals that I set so I can create room for new ones. Whether I’m in school working on my business degree, or out hanging out with family and friends, I am constantly thinking of new ideas. In general, I have been working on how to come up with solutions to everyday problems, thinking big about how I can create a positive influence on every single person/organization that comes in contact with my brand.
FYIH: What new products do you have?
Calvin: Recently released the Tiger Head Tee Collection and The all new Cuffed Pom Beanies and the modern Cuffed Beanie as well.
FYIH: What else have you been working on?
Calvin: Other than releasing new products, I’ve been working on creating our first ever Infuse Clothing Anniversary/Fashion/Talent showcase ever. It’s still an idea so I don’t want to elaborate, but it’s just something we thought of doing for our supporters to get them more involved with the brand.
FYIH: How has the brand/co. developed since we last spoke?
Calvin: The Brand has progressively developed since we last spoke. As a company, I am truly humbled at the growth we are experiencing; it only shows that if you set your mind to achieve something you want in life, you truly can achieve all your dreams and goals if you believe in yourself and are passionate. We’ve gotten the chance to partner with some of Houston’s businesses and organizations that I always looked up before Infuse was ever established, so it’s very encouraging and it also inspires me to work hard and dream bigger! I also want to say that our partnering with FYI Houston has influenced our brand, and I am inspired by all that they do. Our brand is actively inspiring people here across Houston and we are looking forward to reaching cities across the country.
FYIH: Do you plan to expand the product line? If so, what products will you offer?
Calvin: Yes I’m definitely working on expanding our product lines. I’m looking forward to bring in the fall wear which includes hoodies, beanies and cardigans. I am also working on bringing in more products for women, lie crop tops and for the general unisex products. I’m also working on Fashion Fitted pocket tees.
FYIH: What has inspired your latest designs/styles?
Calvin: My latest design styles are inspired by my work morale! Our work motto we use for our team (team Infuse) is “Simplicity with Excellence”. My latest products are inspired by the cultures and people that inspire me. The general development of my latest products are all simple but they have the factor of excellence. One of my local customers, Forrest S. saw me wear one of my Logo Tee’s that I hadn’t released yet at the time and said “Wow, bro that shirt is so simple but its mad cool, when can I get one”, after him, everyone else had the same reaction. I noticed how the reaction stirred up a trend and realized that I could use what motivates my working style can be a form of fashion. So today I’m creating new lines and a new look simply based on this “Simplicity with Excellence”™
FYIH: What do you have planned for this season’s collection? Next season? (Clothes, styles, fabrics, etc.)
Calvin: For this seasons Collection I’m working on our first new style of fall wear including Hoodies, the all new Cuffed Pom Beanies and the modern Cuffed Beanie as well.
FYIH: What are the trends for this season? Will you be following them or incorporating them into your designs?
Calvin: Trends for this upcoming season (fall wear) include crewnecks, hoodies and beanies. I definitely plan on incorporating most of them into my designs but I would say expect something unique and exclusive for the everyday wear.
FYIH: What events (charity, trade shows, etc.) do you plan to participate in this season?
Calvin: This season I’ll definitely be attending:
-FYI Houston Fall 2013 Issue Launch Party
–H town sneaker summit
–Houston Cars and Coffee Show, myself and Team Infuse
FYIH: What can we expect from the company in the coming months?
Calvin: First and foremost expect us to Aspire and Inspire.
Without fashion, I would be…bored.
Fashion is…an art of expression.
My work makes me feel…unique.
I create the style because…they inspire others.
Support my brand because…it’s a positive alternative lifestyle brand that represents the idea of unlimited possibilities, the idea that you can create what you want in life.
TRUE HEMP Clothing International
Hernan Campos began his journey with a vision to bring the world an innovative and beneficial product. He discovered the many uses of the hemp plant and ended with the idea to create a profitable business that truly benefits the earth, economy, people, and general health. Thus, True Hemp Clothing International (thcint) was born.
Urban flare, hip hop, and street wear are just a few of fashion examples that Corey & Corey, creators of Sky Culture Clothing use to express themselves and represent their company. They always had an eye for fashion, and were always rocking unique clothing from designers that no one had ever seen or heard of.
It’s been awhile since we caught up with CB Terrel and the Elect Nation team. Find out what they’ve been up to here as CB gives us the scoop on the newest designs, his high school graduation, and his big plans for the design world:
“If they won’t hire you, hire yourself.”
– Calvin, Owner of Infuse Clothing
Calvin, the owner of Infuse clothing, is not all about making money, but giving back to his community. Whether it is providing food to needy families, sharing his great ideas, or selling attire to make people look good, he is always lending a hand. He came from a family of entrepreneurs, but did not decide he wanted to open his own business until his 18th birthday. He was unable to find a job and one Sunday he went to church and his pastor said, “If they won’t hire you, hire yourself.” Taking the advice to heart, the successful business owner knows he has found his passion and knows what he was put here to do.
Who is Vespertine Machine? They are a premium street wear clothing line with designs focused on mischief while engaging in the adventures of the night. “As the Moon rises, society’s grip loosens and many of us transform into mischievous versions of ourselves. If you feel a strong connection to Calvin and Hobbes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Where the Wild Things Are, then this is the brand for you.”
Vespertine Machine was established in 2012 after the founders watched Layer Cake, a 2004 film directed by Matthew Vaughn. They enjoy the freedom of being entrepreneurs, attributing the birth of the brand to the “divine hand of Bacchus, God of Wine.”
When the sun rises, they return back to the 8th Dimension. Music fuels their engine of creation, so their partnership with several musicians and DJs aligns with their creation process, and we here at FYI Houston definitely support!
You can find Vespertine Machine’s products in their online store www.vespertinemachine.com, at the Karmaloop Kazbah, and on the following social networks:
Urban flare, street, and also simplicity are just a few examples that Sky Culture Clothing owners, Corey & Corey use in their line to express themselves. Growing up and always fly, repping brands of clothing that other kids never heard of. They always had an eye for fashion, so during college the two innovative young men and a few others established an organization of individuals with similar styles and creativity working to break the mold of fashion and mainstream society. “We want our clothing to appeal to the masses, not just skateboarding and surfing, but we want to hit every demographic and genre of streetwear.”
The Sky Culture Clothing line targets 13 to 40 year olds. It is classy and comfortable, but at the same time simple and sleek. Gaurantees creativity and swagger.The fashion line consists of graphic tees, hoodys, 5 panels, snapbacks, long sleeves, and accessories to go along with their trendy fashions. Currently, their Spring line has a strong influence of retro and camo colors.
“Sky Culture Clothing was a blessing in disguise.” Their original name was Supernova, but unfortunately Adidas got their hands on it. So the young aspiring professionals put Sky Culture name with their signature classic parachute logo with their slogan, “Created in the Clouds.” It was sky’s the limit from there. The clothing line has grown and expanded immensely. Corey, one of the founders, mother is a huge support and major part of the business. So if you have ever received your shipment in one day of ordering, it was because of her.
To stay up on their game, the founders are constantly reading up on upcoming trends about what’s hot and what’s not. They consider themselves visionaries. They have a personal designer who brings their designs to life. Sky Culture Clothing has a lot of different fashions and goals in the next couple of years. Some influencing brands of Sky Culture are fashion labels such as: Diamond, 10 Deep, Entree and UNDEFTD, just to name a few. We can look forward to their upcoming sneakers and fitted sweatpants with in their next several lines.