Today we’d like to introduce you to Theophilus Murphy.
Hi Theophilus, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo, I grew up raised by a single mother with support from a very strong and tightly knit village or family and trusted friends (Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, God-Parents).
During my life, I watched my mother work multiple jobs and even take on what we call “Side Hustles” such as making custom jewelry to make sure we NEVER went without. We had lean times and days she had to say “NO” or “WE CAN’T”, but it was never our Necessities only luxuries.
From this, I developed strong values and ideas towards hard work, dedication and a sense of “Whatever it takes, I’ll get it done with God’s Help” We are a faith-based Christian family, and as I grew and prayed, I observed the men and women around my work, struggle, thrive and survive, I tried to accumulate as many nuggets of wisdom as I could. From self-starting entrepreneurs and Corporate Execs to handymen, nurses, secretaries and trash men; these were the people that influenced my life’s directions.
In college, I was introduced to business management and entrepreneurship in greater depth. Learning about different avenues and possibilities, I saw myself growing into one of these roles, I just wasn’t sure of which industry.
As the years passed, I got more into fitness after I was finished playing football. I’m a larger person and my immediate circle is filled with larger people who struggled to find proper or comfortable workout clothing, wasn’t poorly made or excessively expensive. The norm was clothing that was not flattering to the figure, made of poor material that faded, stretched or shrank. Sizes and colors were limited and people never felt good in what they wore. As trends came and went and certain materials come into popularity, I heard the constant groans of wanting something better. With the birth of my son, I became inspired to create not only an avenue for additional income but a brand that I could pass along to my son as a family legacy. He’s Theophilus Murphy III, so we call him TRIPP. From that, I tried to envision and create something with a message or empowerment and dignity while also being clever…thus POWERTRIPP was born.
My target audience has been Full-Figured Women, Big & Tall Men and ANYONE who wants to feel as my slogan says “IN CHARGE”. In Charge of their 24 hrs, in charge or their dreams and desires, in charge of their goals, and NOT helpless in accomplishing whatever they want in life. I hope to have an inclusive brand that touches everyone from all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes, that desire a healthier physical and mental lifestyle.
With support for various local entrepreneurs, my family and wonderful out of town customers and brand supporters, PowerTripp has slowly begun to spread across the country. From St. Louis to places like the all five boroughs of New York, the southeast and out to Texas…PowerTripp is has been a blessing and strong platform that allows me to meet some amazing people and have opportunities like this.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Some parts have been smooth, others have been rough. My logo(s) creation, materials creating and pressing and advertising have been pretty smooth. The procuring of certain sizes and materials, working with distributors, shipping to out of town customers, scheduling to participate in vendor events are a few of the rough parts…
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?
By education and training, I am a I.T. Business Analyst. I analyze Big Data for a Major University. I look into its systems, infrastructure, hardware and software to decide what are the next best practices in updating systems or processes. This work can help cut costs, improve productivity or even create jobs for future university needs.
I am usually the family GO-TO Tech for ALL technical needs…and I do mean ALL, LOL. Anything that plugs up to electricity, I get asked to assist with. LOL
What sets me apart from others is most techie workers aren’t known for their personalities…I pride myself in being of service and providing the best and most comforting service I can to anyone that needs my help. I love talking to a person who is UPSET about technical issues, but when I’m done, they are happy and joyful. I’ve done my job.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was social chameleon. I easily made friends wherever I was and was always ready to play (Games, Sports, etc.) I spread myself between popular circles in school, being an athlete, but also enjoyed and sought out the friendship of the lesser popular loaners.
I am HIGHLY competitive and have always been…I wasn’t always the best, but I refused to not try or be beaten w/o a fight.
I was loving, gentle and forgiving…sometimes to a fault.
- Customizable T-shirts $25
- Customizable Long sleeve T-shirts $30
- Jogger Sweatpants $30
- Hoodies $35
- Crop Top Hoodies $35
- Email: Teampowertripp@gmail.com
- Website: https://teampowertripp.wixsite.com/website/product-page/powr-sweatshirt
- Instagram: @powertrippactivewear
- Facebook: Power Tripp