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Life & Work with Kevin Gordon Jr of Oklahoma City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Gordon Jr.

Hi Kevin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I began designing clothes as a hobby back in September 2021 after learning how to work photoshop from a college course I took. Once I figured out how easy it was to design the clothes, I decided to make my own. Wearing the clothes I created was something that I found excellent because I was the only person with the piece I designed. Some friends told me I should start selling them, so I made a brand called “Breezy’s Collection.” After spending some time with this brand and going through the process, I decided to close it down and start another, more professional brand catered to streetwear products only. I decided to name the brand Friend or Foe Studios. I got that name because of my instinct to have trust issues with people I don’t know naturally. Once I figured out the name, I went to work; the rest is history! I am not where I want to be, but I am learning and growing, so I am thankful either way!

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It honestly has not been that smooth of a road. I have been dealing with building an audience for my brand. And that has been the worst part of it so far. I work a 9 to 5 to fund my brand, so I have a limited amount for marketing, and I have been trying to navigate it and get through it. I also don’t know many people, so that has been a big issue for me, but networking has made it easier. Either way, I know for a fact that my brand will be successful because of my ambition and desire for my dream to come true!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I own a clothing brand that is called Friend or Foe Studios. I design streetwear products myself ranging from hoodies to shirts! I feel that my designs set me apart from others. That, as well as the quality of blanks that I use! I am proud of my perseverance because although it hasn’t been easy, I have not given up yet one year later.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I am navigating this part honestly, so I need advice, but my number one advice to anyone is never to give up!

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