Today we’d like to introduce you to Quancellius Ellis.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
My story started in 2017 while I was residing in Springfield, Missouri. While being there, I and a lot of others noticed that there was not a variety of stylish clothing. So I decided to look for a wholesaler for clothing. This was when I met my current business partner, who became a brother to me by the name of Touray, also known as KB, who is well known on the south side of St. Louis. I would commute To and from St Louis every other week to restock on the latest fashion to resale to my clientele in Springfield for about 2 years. One day I was thinking, “If I can sell all these different brands, then I can sell my brand.” I went to restock one day and asked KB what the wild animal that ran around in his county he replied, “a finger monkey was.” So I sat on the idea of creating my brand for a while. In spring 2020, I discovered my cousin had the tools to start up a clothing line, we then both came up with the name PAPER ADDIKT, and that’s when it all began.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The smooth road was PAPER ADDIKT was on the rise and trending in my small city. Starting was a smooth road with a few pot holes. The potholes were the in-house production, from making every shirt one by one, trial and error with the circuit machine, heating and press process, and trying to juggle all the orders coming in.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Paper Addikt Empire?
Paper Addikt started as a clothing line, but I recently decided to turn it into an empire. Exposing the brand to different territories such as music, film, health, and wellness is a new lifestyle. I am a leader, mentor, creator, and retailer. What sets me apart is that I am not just out for myself; I want everyone to win. Any knowledge I come across, I spread to others. Some may think it’s odd of me to spread the knowledge I come across to my “competitors,” but in my eyes, there not my competitors because I am my competition. I am proud of everything about my brand because it takes a strong individual to go out and strive to be great and to have the mindset not to give up. I want readers to know that I offer clothing for all sizes of men, women, and kids. The music Paper Addikt Empire release is diverse, inspired by late 70s & 80s R&B, Rock & early 90s & 2000s hip-hop music. We also offer film services, specializing in music videos, but we are slowly drifting over into documentaries, short films & longs! Last but not least, ‘Health & Wellness, I am currently offering raw sea moss, sea moss gel, natural-based tooth paste, shea butter, black seed oil and black soap.
What does success mean to you?
Success is when I can give back to my neighborhood and create new opportunities.
- Website: paperaddikt.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paperaddikt/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/PaperAddiktApparel/