19: I am the CEO and Creative Director for the line.
TI: Where does Nineteenth Letter get its inspiration from?
19: I get inspiration from everything that inspired me growing up…different art styles, 90s clothing brands, sports, news publications. I’m the type of person that draws inspiration from any and everything.
19: I feel like there are too many clones in the fashion industry these days. Too many people are afraid to be themselves and instead want to look like Ye or A$AP Rocky. I feel like the industry needs more innovation. People need to get away from gimmicks and start being themselves and wear clothes that displays their personality. Conformity is lame.
19: Mona Lisa piece? Hmm…That’s a hard one. Gotta say the Tabloid Tee because that was my breakthrough piece, what put me on. I also really love the Regal tee, because i loved that mural so much growing up. It’s always been a symbol of black pride, something that is slowly dying.
19: I met up with Max via Facebook and the Luxury and Fashion group. We had a similar vision so we started working together. He wanted his first piece to make a huge splash, so we worked on the Coogi Drip tee, which was a smashing success. I think the Chicago streetwear scene needs fresh life in it. The money kids spend on Bape, Diamond, and Supreme can help our local streetwear brands and we can work together to put Chicago on the fashion map.