Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Stylized: Ashton Hodges of Twisted Aristocrat
Tell me about you: Where are you from, how old are you?
My name is Ashton Hodges and I'm 31 years old. I'm a DC metro area native from Silver Spring Maryland. My Label is called " Twisted Aristocrat"
What do you do?
The question should be " What don't you do?" I do everything. I design the pieces from start to finish and produce them. I run and maintain all the social media sites, do the graphic design, photography and marketing. I think it's important to be able to do everything, at least in the beginning of the project.
When did you know that Fashion was something you were passionate about?
I became interested in fashion when I was about 27, I had just moved back to DC from L.A. I was really exposed to fashion and designer brands out there. People wear anything and everything out there it's not conservative like DC. I took a job as a menswear and men's Accessories Manager at Urban Outfitters. Thats when I found my style. I love street-wear brands mixed with more formal pieces.
What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
Right now I'd have to say starting this project and gaining a following through social media... even before the label has officially launched. In about a month's time we have gained over 300 Facebook "likes".
Facebook ads are amazing! I also have a giveaway promotion running the Month of July. It's called " Summer Social" we are giving away one bag each week in July. You can find further details at http://www.CHICLOV3.COM and enter to win!
What advice do you have for others aspiring to do what you do?
Just do it... Start off small and grown your brand. Build hype before it's released. Make sure the item you are creating is constructed well and priced to sell! Stay humble and work hard.
Life quote: If there was one quote that summed up your view on life what would it be?
" Anything worth being great is worth struggling for." "YOUR STYLE DiCTATES USE."
How can we stay connected with you?
Aren't these bags just the coolest! I just love these accessories.