Designing shaped my life! After 21 years of sewing, it has become more important than ever for me to share my gift. It’s my aspiration to plant seeds of design within our youth. I believe there is value in students learning how to create their own paths in life. While listening to a sermon by the late Dr. Myles Monroe I’ve learned the power and the purpose of planting seeds in the proper soil. Overwhelmed with emotion I quickly set out to build a program to teach the next generation of potential designers. From this, Just Sewing Seeds with Stitch was birthed. Some weeks later, I joined forces with a Chicago based organization and we took inner city teens to DePaul University where I taught them how to sew aprons for Mother’s Day. Through my sewing classes students are provided tools to not only become successful at design but consequently, they also acquired key life lessons on topics such as the power of patience, discipline, and the importance of recognizing their own potential.
Growing up as a young man in Chicago, I was raised to be responsible for my own destiny. My career as a tailor and designer holds me accountable in extraordinarily rewarding ways. During the best times of my life I’ve had my gift of design to thank and on my most challenging days I have turned towards design to get through as well. While overcoming countless hurdles and enduring a great deal of sacrifice, I feel fortunate to have braved a career doing what I love and a chance to offer that knowledge to others who have yet to discover their own passion for me is priceless.
My career has offered me the opportunity to design custom garments for some of the world’s most recognizable names such as Will Smith, Sean Puffy Combs, Floyd Mayweather and R. Kelly to name a few. I relish the opportunity to serve the very kids that look to those public figures for inspiration by taking what I’ve learned and returning it to the very children themselves.
Today, our program is expanding and I'd love to collaborate with you on challenging you or your "seeds" to think beyond the virtual world we live in and embrace the discipline of using your hands through design and skill...the old fashion way.
“Some people choose to lead while others follow….as for me, I will forever design my own path”. -Stitch