Inspiring Lives with "Ca$hmere Clothing " By Shantia Hall and Laikeem Gary

Written By : Samantha Cee

Today our feature For Inspiring Lives we introduce to you and innovative brand out of New York . The Creativity , Style and eccentric style s of the brand captivates the essential identity of Urban Street wear meets Casual fashion . We Bring youCa$hmare Clothing. The Brand Ca$hmere Clothing  was established in January 2012 by Shantia Hall, & Laikeem Gary, both of Bedstuy, Brooklyn. It all started as an idea between friends after downloading photoshop and learning how to design their own graphic designs from youtube videos. The two friends would have never thought their clothing line would be as successful as it has became throughout the years. Every product of Ca$hmare Clothing™ incorporates a unique vision, style, and creativity. The thought behind the name "Ca$hmare Clothing" stems from the theory of money being the root of all evil, which we compared to a money nightmare.

Logo Provided By Ca$hmere Clothing For Fashion Gxd Magazine

Logo Provided By Ca$hmere Clothing For Fashion Gxd Magazine

 

Fashion Gxd Magazine(FGM): What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) :  I would have to say my favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is simply seeing different people wearing our Clothing. Knowing you designed it just makes us feel good - Laikeem

 

Fashion Gxd Magazine(FGM): What was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) :Deciding to put our all into it! When we first started our brand it was just something we did as a hobby, while just  making clothes for ourselves, then we decided to really go hard with it and turned it into a business. That was the most important decision because this clothing line is more then just a clothing line, it taught us so many things in these past 3 years -Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM): What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : The top 3 skills to being a successful entrepreneur is to 1st: Have a positive mind set, 2nd: Remember that everything is business & never personal and most importantly 3rd: Be able to keep a great smile -Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) :Our biggest failure was not paying attention to current fashion. A persons style changes daily and as a clothing designer you have to be able to adapt just as fast. We've learned to follow the fashion industry and just make it our own. - Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What ignited the spark in you to start a entrepreneur venture or to pursue your career?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Since a young age Shantia and I have always had a business mind set, throwing parties, always being able to bring a crowd of people together for enjoyment but we never did it for a profit, until one day we decided to use our popularity to our advantage. Being that we already had the support from our community, we decided to take it to the next level and start Ca$hmare Clothing!  -Laikeem


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : I don't believe there's a pattern or formula but I do believe it's all about consistency! " Find something you like to do and keep doing it until it makes you money " it's all about staying consistent with it - Shantia


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):To what do you most attribute your success? 

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Struggle! A lot of people don't make it from where were from and that alone pushed us to want to make something out of ourselves, giving us a chance to have something that belongs to us. Without facing certain challenges, and witnessing some of the things we seen since a young age, I doubt we would be where we are today. - Shantia


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM): What would you say are the five essential elements for being a successful clothing designer?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Originality, Creativeness, Ambition, being able to be unique & to have a great fashion sense are my top 5 elements for being a successful clothing designer. As a designer you have to be able to understand what a person wants before they even tell you, and focusing on these five essential elements when designing are important. - Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What has been your most satisfying moment in business, when creating Ca$hmare Clothing?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Seeing more then 15 kids model the runway in Cashmare at an aftershool show " I felt so good because their facial expressions were priceless" - Laikeem


Inspiration


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):Who has been your greatest inspiration to start your own clothing line ?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : I would say I look into a lot of different styles but fashion wise our inspirations are Pharell , Fabulous , Kayne west and a few others  - Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What book has inspired you the most? (OR What is your favorite book?)

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Rich Dad, Poor dad. I read it a few years ago for school and since then I've been looking at business from a different perspective. It made me realize that you have to make your money work for you if you want to be successful, which inspired me to take Ca$hmare Clothing more serious - Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What motivated you to start your own business?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Everything around me motivated me; my surroundings, my family, and close friends is what pushed me to want something that belonged to me. Something I can call my own, which is Cashmare Clothing. - Laikeem


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What three pieces of advice would you give to individuals wishing to get into fashion or who aspire to start a clothing line like yourself?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Do your research, put all of your effort into your designs and never give up, no matter how hard things may get! - Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Not being successful is our biggest fear! You have to want success more then you want to breathe and that's exactly how we feel. We try to manage our fear by making sure we never slack and continue to put all of our efforts into keeping Ca$hmare Clothing relevant with the best designs anyone has ever seen - Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM): How do you define success?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : When you can finally say that you reached all of your goals that you've been working and grinding so hard for, while actually being happy doing it, then you have reached success - Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What is the best way to achieve long-term success for Ca$hmare Clothing ?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Short term goals. Everyone should make a list of short term goals that they want to accomplish and I guarantee that long term goal you aiming for will be so easy to reach. One of my teachers once told me "Goals are dreams with deadlines" so you have to keep that mentality when your trying to be successful! -Shantia 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):If you could have given yourself a piece of knowledge or advice when you started your clothing line what would that be?

 Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : If I could give myself a piece of advice when we started it would be to stay consistent because things change fast and timing is everything -Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):Which opportunities should you have followed; what pitfalls would you have avoided?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : A few opportunities we should have followed is participating in more fashion shows and attending more networking events, in an effort to get our name out there more. Some pitfalls that we should have avoided are the different partnerships we've encountered over the years. - Shantia


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What is a Inspiring Woman To You ?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : A strong women you can look up to from all angles, whom is versatile with a great fashion sense who is also independent and strong minded, someone like Michelle Obama - Laikeem 


Fashion Gxd Magazine  (FGM):What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?

Ca$hmere Clothing (CC) : Design clothes, Attend fashion shows, network, record vlogs, making music and traveling - Shantia

Listening to Music, Dj'n, motivating the youth & traveling - Laikeem