It's Been One Year...

A year ago today, I spent a weekend in New  York City.  I really felt like one of those kids in a candy store.  You know, the kid that is completely hypnotized by the assortment of flavors and bright colors.  A classmate invited my friend, Aaron and I to her home in Long Island.  After flying in her dad's plane for about four hours, we were greeted by The Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.  The first thing I got to eat in Long Island was pizza (of course).  The calm before the storm is what I considered this first day.

The next day, Saturday, we woke up early to take the train into the city.  Anticipation built up as we got closer and closer.  The closer we got to the city, the more graffiti and art we seen on buildings.  The train finally arrived to NYC and I was beyond eager to leave Penn Station.  

My first step out of Penn Station and I was greeted by giant skyscraper buildings.  The site was amazing.  Each street I crossed, I was greeted by a new world it seemed.  The different culture, food, people, art, all of it was unique in it's own way.  Aaron and I instantly started searching for different streetwear shops to visit.  We visited Bape, Ice Cream/BBC, Stussy, Dirty Rat Bastard, and more.  The BBC/Ice Cream store had an amazing presentation and feel.  The first floor was ice cream themed, and the second floor had a space theme.  On your way to the second floor the stairs were dark and glowed in the dark.  This was to enhance the space feel.

I met up with an old school friend and we went and got pizza.  It may sound like we had a lot of pizza, but I promise you each shop had its own taste.  My friend and I caught up and walked around the city.  Before I knew it, it was time for Aaron and I to catch the train back to Long Island.  But since we didn't know the city to well we missed our train 😂. We decided to visit Times Square since it was next to Penn Station.  Times Square is enough to make you want to move to NYC.  The bright lights hypnotize you into wanting more out of life.  The aura becomes inspirational to anyone.  It was at that moment that I realized NYC is the place I need to be.

On Sunday I had to say farewell to New York City.  While it was bittersweet, I knew that I would sooner or later return.  The reason I took this trip to New York was because I was dealing with the stress of changing my brand name.  I was not sure if I wanted to continue designing clothes because of the Cease & Desist letter I received.  This was my first time leaving Ohio in at least ten years.  I knew I was gonna continue designing clothes but I needed more proof on why I should continue.  Seeing the bright lights, skyscrapers, the many streetwear shops, and just the environment of NYC was enough to make me realize that I should never give up on my dreams.  I hadn't released any clothing in over a year before my New York Trip.  This trip kept me inspired to never give up.  The following spring I released more clothing, and now I'm currently preparing for my winter capsule collection.

Thanks to all that shared this experience with me.

-Elijah