When good things, or those odd coincidences happen we believe the stars align. In late 2018 we saw a new clothing brand with top tier quality begin to rise known as No Rivals, along with a services hub known as th3 mind. We didn't think much past, "whatever they are doing, they're doing it right..". 2019 only saw both platforms grow, and it also showed how closely the two brands/platforms are worked together. We got a chance to set down with Jae Jiggy, the man behind No Rivals, to ask some questions. The craziest part is No Rivals is based out of Muncie, Indiana which is also the hometown of our CEO. Our CEO has been in the Houston area almost 4 years now, and locations were not known until after they had begun networking. B-L1FE is now a brand ambassador for No Rivals. So if you love what you read and like what you see, use discount code "bl1fe" at checkout for 15% off your No Rivals order.
Q:What were the starting points, and where are the roots of No Rivals initially from?
A: "Our team members were born and raised in Muncie, Indiana just like B-L1FE. Growing up being told the area, Muncie or the Midwest in general, was no good for creatives really sparked a desire within us. We wanted to turn that misconception around."
Q: What inspired the name No Rival and the grunge feel associated with the merchandise?
A: "No Rivals is a lifestyle of living with no enemies; living to your fullest potential by competing only against who you were the day before. A quote we standby and strive to live by each each day is, 'focused on my inner me no more enemies'. As far as the feel, we take influence from grunge rock, hip hop, street, skate, and hoop culture. It all blends into what you see in our pieces. It is an artistic blending of worlds in a way."
Q: With a decent amount of successful launches behind you, how big is the upcoming launch?
A: "It is big..23 pieces consisting of 6 1:1 pieces, 2 'GAME 7' pieces, 7 'HEAT OF SUMMER' movement pieces, and 10 accessories. If you do the math the numbers arent equal, but some of the movement pieces are also in the accessories category for our shoppers."
Q: For our readers, can you explain some of the above mentioned collections?
A: "Each collection we release consists of three parts. The first part is the movement pieces with seasonal designs and low costs for people that want to support the No Rivals movement, but dont necessarily have a lot of disposable income. The next part is the seasonal capsule which are pieces that are typically higher quality and higher end fashion like our hand cut & sewn basketball shorts and striped tees we released for this summer that have their own theme. For that theme it was titled 'GAME 7'. Lastly, is our 1 of 1's. Unique reworked vintage clothing turned into pieces of wearable art."
B-L1FE recently posted a picture on Twitter and Instagram rocking a 1 of 1 hat.
Q: When will you guys be having another launch?
A: "Our fall collection is slated to drop on the 15th of September so not very far from now."
Q: What are your future goals and what current affiliations do you already have brand wise?
A: "Our goal for the remainder of the year is to continue to grow our team and spread the movement. We also want to impact and help as many creatives as we can along the way. We also want to continue our cohesive services and events with th3 mind to provide exposure to creatives, and to create a community within the creative underground."
Q; For those who didn't know and didn't read it at the start of this article, who is the mastermind behind this brand and the sister brand th3 mind?
A: "Jaelin is the name. Most just call me Jae Jiggy."
Q: What inspired the rugged feel of the clothing line, and what other services do you guys offer with th3 mind?
A: "All of us have always been a fan of clothing and items with character, vintage pieces with a story to them. A lot of the pieces we use have been revived by hand to be in prime condition again. The feel and look expresses a rugged soul with its own story. 1 of 1's are inspired by the people that have been through hell and came back, scars and all. As far as services that we offer through our partner th3 mind include: merchandise creation for all creative types, music festivals, art installations, vinyl records, and more. We also offer photography and modeling for other brands looking to get professional level marketing."
Q: What fellow brands would you refer clients to and feel safe doing so considering how important good business is to a brand's reputation?
A: "A lot of our referrals are within th3 mind's collective umbrella such as WEAR Clothing, DEADMANJAY and his art, & JonJonOnTV. However, we do have budding relationships with brands like you all here at SupportArt, and MEDITATED MERCH that thanks to networking we've recently been involved with."
Q: Anything you would like to add to conclude your interview with SupportArt?
A: "I would just like to thank you guys for having us and for supporting the movement. Stay tuned for huge things coming all year."
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