Jowan M. Cole | So Chic Sunday

1. What made you want to pursue a career in fashion?

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The concept of fashion n itself is an art form. From the simplicity of styling a fun accessory to intricate prints, there are so many different avenues and forms within fashion. I’m a creative – so naturally I inclined myself to it. As a kid, I remember my dad talking about how he wanted to be a fashion journalist; educating me on different styles within menswear. Added, my mom’s dream was to be a fashion model – and she did a little on the side. So it was almost expected that I include fashion to my repertoire somewhere in my entrepreneurial pursuits.

2. As an African American male pursuing a career in the fashion industry, do you find yourself struggling to stay afloat?

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Honestly, I am really not sure. Reason being, though we have a common likeness, we all have different levels of drive…different stories, even. I will say that it seems harder for us to authentically break into any creative industry without some type of mental or emotional compromise, but I’d say you just have to be mentally strong and steadfast in your pursuits.

3. What is a fashion tip you live by?

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 Minimum is maximum.

4. Who or what influences your style?

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Casually, I’m very inspired by the late 1950’s greaser/americana. Think: James Dean. When I’m a little more formal, I tend to think of black men in the 1960’s – higher rises, big patterns, structured blazers. It’s so endearing.

5. What keeps you going?

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 Faith and love. Faith keeps my optimism going, while love keeps me grounded. If I feel both of those at the same time, I feel successful.

6. What is one of your favorite trends in men’s fashion?

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The greaser style, super classic and it’s almost kind of easy. The leather biker jacket, the heavy denim, a simple white t shirt or button up and industrial boots, a couple rings. Classic.

7. What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew a few years back?

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 I wish I understood that “time” should be viewed a social construct, as opposed to a necessity. We all think “this has to happen at this time, at this age,” but it just doesn’t work that way.
Things work when they are supposed to. We just have to remember to understand our path and focus on our craft.

8. Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

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I see myself traveling a lot – as cliché as that sounds, it’s so true. Traveling, putting the finishing touches on my business(es), and learning more. Happy, healthy and in love. Living out my purpose!

I was super excited about this post because it was our first male interview for “So Chic Sunday”! Jowan has been a friend of mine since middle school so I knew he was perfect to say the least.
Be sure to keep up with his fashion + life journey on:
Looks styled by #sophisticatedchic
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