E&J X Karl Kani Learn from the legend

E&J Brandy x Karl Kani

The Godfather of Streetwear, Karl Kani, is breaking down his top 3 lessons from 30 years of building a fashion empire. Turning $1,000 and a handful of samples into a multi-billion dollar business, Karl Kani has overcome adversity to leave his signature on the world. Now it’s your turn.

Failure is not an Option

Failure is inevitable, but how you grow from it determines your future.

Consistency is Key

Nothing sustainable happens overnight: build your house brick-by-brick.

Accepting the Moment

You can’t choose your circumstances, so learn to embrace them.

Yes I Can.

With those three words Carl Williams became Karl Kani. Asking himself, “Can I do it,” and answering, “Yes I can,” Karl changed his name and moved to LA with a handful of samples at the age of 21. Focusing on minority and contemporary culture in a time when the fashion industry ignored it, Karl Kani launched the first and most iconic streetwear fashion brand of all time. His authentic style got noticed, gaining fame in the 90s among rappers such as 2Pac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G, P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg. Today, the Karl Kani brand expands over 25 countries but continues to produce its garments in the US, staying true to the label with authentic design and craftsmanship.

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