Curtis Scott – ImPRESSive Dealer Spotlight
Curtis Scott was working two jobs in the restaurant industry and barely making ends meet. After supporting his children, he only had $100 each week to live on and knew something had to give. That’s when Stillman College buddy, Fred White, threw him a lifeline.
Curtis met Fred while they were in the Blue Pride Marching Band at Stillman in 2005 and a lifetime friendship was born. The beginning of Fred’s clothing line, Mel & Bishop, started in King Hall dormitory. On occasion, Curtis would help him create the apparel. Little did Curtis know at the time that 13 years later, the experience would change his life.
In early 2018, Fred encouraged Curtis to follow in his shoes by starting his own clothing line. He shared with him the inner workings of how he produced the designs and clothing. Only one problem remained. With only $100 leftover each week, how would be get started? He saved every dime for two weeks and his mother and brother collectively chipped in another $100. He had the $300 he needed to place his first custom transfer and apparel order.
His vision was to create an affordable, fashion-forward clothing line that was comfortable. Using Easy View online designer, he designed his first shirts, placed his first transfer order and purchased the wholesale apparel. He put pictures of the design out on his Instagram account – the shirts sold out the same day.
Next, his friend drew a pelican for him. It was Curtis’ first foray into an order using custom artwork. He was appreciative of the customer service representatives at Transfer Express for calling and suggesting small changes to the artwork to ensure it would print properly.
That was only four short months ago. Since then, Curtis has provided custom apparel to local plumbing companies, pop-up shops and even won the bid for the newly created New Orleans Hippies – a women’s football team. Just last week, he published four designs to Instagram. Yet again, all 32 shirts sold out.
Today, Curtis has not only increased his income to the point where he feels like he can support his children and girlfriend, he was able to book a cruise for a well-deserved family vacation. He dreams of working at his apparel business full time. His next step is to build an online store, which he hopes to have up and running this year.
We can’t thank Curtis enough for spending some time talking to us and sharing his story. We hung up the phone with tears in our eyes. Curtis has an infectious, yet laid back energy that makes you smile. We know he’s going to do big things with his business and is the epitome of an ImPRESSive dealer.
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