The Bachelor Project’s Reggie Sosa recently spoke with 8&9 Clothing about their clothing line. Be sure to read below to find out how they got their start, what sets their clothing apart from other clothing lines, and what designers inspires them. Enjoy.
We launched the first phase in 2001 just before Sept 11 went down. At the time there was urban or skate, nothing in between. The idea was create a brand to merge street and skate cultures under one banner, 8&9 Clothing.
How many members are there in 8&9?
Where are you guys from? There are 2 of us here since day 1. Ray Figgs in NYC and Ray G(the owner) in Miami. We have a core team of about 4 guys that got us where we are today.
What do you think sets you apart from other clothing lines out?
The biggest things are sacrifice and commitment to the brand. I personally sacrificed my entire twenties living in Miami choosing to work my ass of growing the business instead of vibing and doing bullshit on South Beach. But, aside from dedication our perspectives, depth of design and approach to the business are different than what others before us have done. So far so good.
Where do you guys draw your creativity from?
8&9 draws from a conscious street perspective. Just because we’ve experienced certain things doesn’t mean we’re set in our ways. 8&9 is about personal growth, merging street knowledge, with book smarts and an upwardly mobile perspective. Of course, we love sneakers, gangster movies and hip hop so you’ll always see hints of those inspirations in our designs.
Any designers that help inspire you? Why?
How does it feel seeing people wearing your designs?
Do you have any advice for the up and coming designers trying to get in the business?
What’s next for 8&9?
Where can our viewers go to see more from 8&9?
Follow @8and9 instagram 8and9 facebook.com/8and9
Most importantly log on to 8and9.com for all the new product, news, sneaker release dates and everything relevant.