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Rising Stars: Meet Nyne Lives (IMJUSTB)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nynelives (IMJUSTB .

Hi Nyne Lives, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My clothing line started back in 2009, I was originally supporting and working with another clothing line until my passion for making clothing with a story and greater purpose grew. I later ventured off and started Nyne Lives Clothing. The vision I had was to express the different type of feelings that we as mostly marginalized minority people may go through. For example, when someone loses someone through death or the jail system they make an ‘RIP’ t-shirt or a ‘free’ him/her t-shirt. Nyne Lives itself represents anyone who has lost a friend or loved one to health problems, gang violence, prison, drugs, or just the daily struggles of life. Each piece is a reminder that life has its ups and downs and encourages supporters to live it to the fullest, without regret as if you have NYNE LIVES but you only have one.

Where I’m at today has a lot to do with being self motivated, self taught, and just never giving up on what I believe in. When I first started Nyne Lives Clothing I didn’t have the slightest clue on nothing. I had to teach myself everything from purchasing plain product to getting the product printed the different types of printing such as embroidery, heat press, silk screen, cut and sew. I had to teach myself how to sell and how to market myself. Still to this day I’m still learning new things.

I’m also where I’m at today because of my support, my loyal customers. My customers is another reason why I’m in the position I’m in today.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, but the bumps along the way are what made me who I am today and I can attribute a lot of my strength and knowledge to them. My family, close friends and most importantly my supporters are what keep me going and continuously push me to not give up. There were times where I was stuck and just wanted to push everything to the side, but I’ve contributed so much to this vision already, I couldn’t allow myself to.

The biggest struggle for me was not having many resources. I had to teach myself everything that I know and I’m still learning. This can be a tough industry to get into nowadays, especially when a lot of other local brand owners are not familiar with one another therefore making it more difficult to collaborate or share resources and knowledge. The best and most challenging part of it all is sitting and creating each unique piece and ensuring that it is not only different from the other brands, but not like anything I’ve released before.

The most important lesson I was taught in this business is to be self sufficient. This brand has helped to build some of the qualities I have today, my work ethic and drive continues to grow immensely and it’s because of self sufficiency. Having started this brand with a partner proved to be one of the most difficult stumbling blocks I’ve overcome. Once it was blatantly clear that my partner lacked consistency, work ethic, and the drive needed to bring Nyne Lives to where I’ve brought it today, it left me with no other choice but to see my vision through and take this where I knew it could go.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Nyne Lives is known for the famous Cat design which is featured on a majority of the apparel.

What makes Nyne Lives clothing different and unique is the fact that everyone has faced some type of loss, pain and struggle. I try to create each piece that can relate to each feeling.

Nyne Lives is different from others because, yes it’s a clothing line with a strong message behind it, so not only do I express this message through each piece I make, I actually go out into my community every year and provide food clothes and hygiene bags to the homeless in and around the L.A area. It’s a great feeling to have when your able to make someone else’s day or put a smile on a Child’s face.

The best part about life is you have the opportunity to become a better version of you! It’s a battle out here we face everyday don’t matter if you wealthy middle class or homeless have the option to be great.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up in Compton, I was a well-behaved kid. Although there were always obstacles I didn’t allow myself to fall into a lifestyle that wouldn’t get me anywhere but in jail or dead. I was always in my own little world doing something from taking apart bikes, painting, drawing whatever you name I was either doing it or was thinking about it. My favorite pastime activities in particular were playing with cameras, and arts and crafts. I always had a camera with me and I took pictures of everything. Pictures are creative memories that will always be with you. When it came to arts and crafts I found the passion in tie-dying. I used to tie-dye everything from T-shirts to pants, or anything I could I get my hands on. After that, I began to get my name embroidered or air-brushed on my clothes. My mom supported everything I did and would take me to the Compton swap meet to get my clothes airbrushed, and would guide me on how to sew different fabrics onto my pants. I remember cutting out these hearts off a bandanna and using a hot gel gun to put them on a pair of pants. From that point on, that’s when I knew I had a passion to create a clothing line.

Outside of running my clothing line, I’m a very family oriented person. I feel like family is everything. I have my day one friends who I look at as family, and my mom who means the world to me. She has supported me in everything I did and loves me for who I am today, whether I am right or wrong, I know I can count on my mom to be by my side.

Having nieces and nephews, when I see them it motivates me to continue going and following my dreams because I know I have them looking up to me. My brother and my sister may have had them but they’re like my kids too and I find myself being their personal mentor, always giving them positive feedback, or correcting them on their mistakes. I always tell each and everyone of them that they are more than capable to always think outside of the box, and not to allow anyone to tell them what they can and can’t do.

Pricing:

  • T-Shirts $25 & UP
  • Hoodies $50 & up
  • Sweats $50 & up
  • Hats $45 & up

Contact Info:

  • Email: nynelives09@gmail.com
  • Website: www.nynelives.com
  • Instagram: @nynelives_clothing

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