DV8 Modeling Agency would like to use the Local Talent section of the DV8 Modeling Agency blog to shine the light on local talent. In an effort to create buzz around the DV8 Modeling Agency name, we want to increase brand awareness for aspiring models, local talent, including up-and-coming businesses.
To kick off the FIRST EVER interview of our Local Talent section, we had the opportunity to interview the young, creative, unique clothing company well-known as 1 Chance Clothing. Trust me after you see their one-of-a kind designs you’ll quickly understand why we thought 1 Chance Clothing is more than ready to step into the spotlight.
It’s crazy how a random conversation over Buffalo Wing Wings sparked the idea of creating a clothing company. This is exactly what happened for the masterminds behind 1 Chance Clothing. The idea, hard work, and creativity to start to a t-shirt company were put into action and the 1 Chance Clothing Company was launched in May of last year.
Currently the 1 Chance Clothing company consists of Kyle Buckley and wife Candace Buckley, David Wilder, and Eric Schlitter. Individually, they each have their own experiences within the world of marketing and business. Collectively as friends they all realize and live by the motto of “one life, one chance” (hints the name of the company).
They’ve taken their experiences and started a company that offers a different sense of expression through apparel. Originally they started designing and printing t-shirts themselves. (From personal experience if you’ve ever printed a t-shirt, it takes a lot of time and skill to master) After months of self printing, they’ve now added a few graphic designers to the mix to help create different pieces of clothing. Their idea of a t-shirt company has quickly expanded into a brand that offers different types of apparel (t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, sweats, hats, etc.) for both men and women.
Most recently the 1 Chance Clothing Company has been receiving a lot of attention from MMA fighters. In fact they’ve even had to weed out the bad from the good when it comes down to business. They’ve even found a few MMA fighters to add to their “street team”. Each fighter has a signature t-shirt customized for them and its available for their fans to purchase as well.
Don’t be too quick to place the 1 Chance Clothing brand into a box, their clothing is for made for anyone to wear. The “street team” is excited to expand the brand into working with sports, artists, hip hop, clubs, etc. If you’ve been out to the Snuggery in Schaumburg, IL lately, then you’ll have seen one of the DJs rockin’ the 1 Chance Clothing brand behind the 1’s and 2’s.
As an interviewer it’s always important to sum it all up with those last important questions:
What’s been the most challenging part so far?
“We’ve gotten the production part down and we’ve learned a lot. The challenge is advertising and just getting the name out there.”
What’s been the most rewarding part so far?
“When people realize our clothing, our message, or when they see one of our t-shirts with a saying on it and have to have it.”
If money was no object, who would be the perfect “celebrity” to represent the 1 Chance Clothing brand?
“Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, he’s Chi-town bred hot in the streets and on the court.”
Where do want to see your company in 5 years?
“A 7-figure company.”
Any advice you’d give to those wanting to start their own clothing company?
“Do your research, don’t quit, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
In a couple of short months the 1 Chance Clothing brand will be able to celebrate their 1 year anniversary of success. Even though nothing is in the works just yet, you can bet the party will just like their apparel…BADASS!
They have plans to establish a store location in the near future, but for now you can make your 1 Chance Clothing purchases on the website http://www.1chanceclothing.com.
Follow 1 Chance Clothing on Twitter @1ChanceClothing
Follow 1 Chance Clothing on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/1ChanceClothing
FASHION is everyone, FASHION is everywhere, and FASHION is everything.