In 2013, I met the Co-Founder of The Goods For Society, a fashion brand specializing in men’s furnishing such as pocket squares and ties. I was intrigued by the craftsmanship of the product and said to myself “I must meet the founder of this company.”
In June 2015, I had the pleasure to meet the man at a rag & bone Sample Sale. His name is Jerrod (Spiph) Collins—a passionate individual whose drive is admired. I had the pleasure of working with some of Jerrod’s samples for Business Acumen. His powerful pieces add an extra element to the purpose being portrayed. After the project, I developed a strong business relationship with Jerrod and asked him to do an interview with me for online magazine, Starved. You can find the interview for magazine below:
Why did you decide to start a fashion brand?
I wanted to supply our culture with a tailored point of view that is not office specific. I enjoy challenging others around me to do a little more than what’s required and starting a fashion brand felt as though it would help assist that.
What was your state of mind during the creative process for The Goods?
During the process I wanted to create something original with a stylish flare. At the time I was all about discrete details and texture. I wanted to take classic furnishings such as a necktie and pocket square and bring them to life in today’s time.
What was the most frustrating part of the creative process?
Quickly producing the creative ideas. I want to try every idea and starting out you have so many. But you have to teach yourself priority and purpose. It’s frustrating when you see a piece come out not quite as you expected or didn't have the reaction you wanted.
How did your environment influence your work?
My environment was very outside the box. Filled with many styles and walks of life, it would be amazing to hear the reactions to me starting a necktie and furnishing line. The excitement it would bring out of people was refreshing. It was important to see the versatility of style of those around me to see where The Goods would naturally fit in.
I know you just moved to New York not long ago; do you feel your environment is different? In what way?
New York is definitely different. This is where it’s all put together. From production to editorial, the full spectrum of fashion is here. New York forces you to think different, plan different and react different. I feel this is what has helped me evolve the content of my brand. In DC, you think capital hill, even in New York you think Wall Street. The Goods is also for the cool musicians, slick brokers and dope doorman. I want my brand to be special and also accessible for the guy looking to present himself in a clean manner.
Do you consider yourself a starving artist?
I do feel like a starving artist. I live with the craving to share the brand with the world but it’s still a tight ship. Living in New York ain’t cheap and trying to put your dreams into motion on top of that get tricky sometimes. But I’m getting the hang of it.
Why did you decide to pick the fashion industry as your creative realm?
Fashion seemed the most natural for me. I always found myself captivated with the art of appearance and the confidence that came with it. I felt fashion and clothing are a must and tell a story of the person wearing it. So for me it’s like reading a bunch of short stories a day.
How do you want your work to make people feel?
I want my work to be a breath of fresh air to the tailored at heart. I want people to feel clean and fresh. People want to feel identified by the brands they support and I want people to know their style is at the forefront of my work.
What experience(s) inspired your work?
It was two. In high school, to get on the bus to go play our basketball games, you had to have on a tie. No tie, No game. It got me to understand, before you get down and dirty you gotta show up clean. That’s the mentality of a professional. I also had the pleasure to be the doorman of a posh DC Nightclub. This is where it clicked for me. In the sharpest of fits, this was one of the toughest jobs in my life. Balancing the line outside and making sure the party is flowing inside was my job, guest list and all. The best of DC would come through faithfully and I made to be ready for them. They gave my style free will and I ran with it. It was here where I saw what a tie could do and what a knot represented to our culture.
Mr. Collins epitomizes a starving artist. He’s relentless, determined and Black Brilliance. You can find The Goods here: http://thegoodsforsociety.com/shop/
Thank you, Spiph, for continuing to feed the Cultured Starved.
- Amanda Moore-Karim