Here's how Destiny ALLIGNED itself when I met Vogue's renowned Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley and he requested a STEPHEN+ANTONIO Fedora!

As I sit down to write this post, I still can't believe we are in our seventh month of a global pandemic. When we first went into lockdown I had just wrote a plan of how I wanted to rebrand my site by offering a new way to approaching luxury streetwear for gender neutral clothing. My hopes were to shoot as much content for fall in the spring by traveling abroad to capture the most exotic content to help launch my new merch. Unfortunately the universe had other plans. When everything came to a halt, my creative process came to adrift.

 So many things were out of my control, many people were dying due to cov-19, and others from the senseless, shameful and egregious violence of police brutality. Focusing on fashion, and my plans to launch luxury streetwear was no longer a top priority or a concern. I had no idea what to do to help either cause at the very beginning. Eventually I researched great causes to donate too so those directly effected by the pandemic could have immediate relief, I also joined forces with friends to protest and bring awareness to police brutally, and BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

One thing that never escaped me was the feeling I felt when I got dressed, and how it made me feel, when I felt I looked me best. Getting dressed to go on a walk just to clear my head from all of the uncertainties of the world became a new favorite pass time. I partnered with a factory in upstate New York on some Fedoras that were apart of my future launch. The Fedoras began to arrive and I quickly added them to my daily outfit rotation, I also loaded them onto my online store.

One day I had to meet one of my business advisors for coffee, and after the meeting I walked down mercer street, As I was walking I heard a man saying "Young man, I love your face-mask and oh my goodness where did you get that FABULOUS Fedora" I turned around it was Vogue's very own Andre Leon Talley! I gathered myself as quickly as I could and told him it was my fedora. Within in seconds he went to my website and showed me the exact ones he wanted. He also mentioned he was currently doing his virtual book tour, and if I could bring him his request he'd wear the fedoras on the tour. Of course I said yes and after all who in their right mind would say no to The Godfather of fashion. He was the very first Black editor at Vogue Magazine, Interview Mag, Diane Vreelands assist, and Assistant to Andy Warhol. Fashion royalty had been cemented in his DNA. The meer fact that he wanted one of my Fedoras was all the confirmation that I needed to know to not halt the progress of rolling out the march that I have.

Even though the world is going through complete chaos people still want something to look forward to, and fashion for many gives just that. The next morning I woke up early and went over everything I was taking to him with a fine tooth comb, I crossed every T and dotted every I. I met him as he requested in the morning at his hotel, before he had his first zoom interview discussing his new book "The Gospel According to Andre". He was so welcoming, very nice, and offered me loads of advice on my future endeavors concerning my creative ideas. To say he was encourging would be an understatement. He let me interview him, take pics, he paired my Straw Fedora with with a Fenty Caftan that Rihanna made for him. All of this was so overwhelming to take in , it felt like the creative God's were smiling down and had granted me full alignment on my creative journey. This was all the hope, encouragement, and unsought out validation that I need to set my creative blaze aflame again.