#LifeStyleClass - Pete Rock’s beats are so soulful.
Don’t forget in lieu of #WhiskeyWednesday this month we’re participating in the Rice Village Holiday Crawl tomorrow! Local #Houston #brewery #8thWonder will be in the shop serving their Alternate Universe Altbier. Looking forward to seeing everyone! #LifeStyleClass #slgt
justinsayshola asked: If you don't mind me asking, how did you get a place like this started. I've been a few times and love it, and I'm just curious about how you got it off the ground. Did you have partners and investors, or was this a purely personal investments? Again, love the store, and much success.
Thanks for the love. Glad you like the store. It truly means a lot to us personally because of all the hard work, sacrifice, and money we’ve all put in.
The vast majority of independent boutiques like ours are funded by personal funds by the owner(s). Banks and other lending institutions will not loan to start up businesses such as clothing stores because it’s too risky. 50-70% fail in the first 18 months. Theoretically you could try to get a loan through the SBA, but the average loan awarded through their 7(m) Mircoloan Program is $10,000. To put things into context, we spent $40,000 on our construction/renovation budget alone, and then we had to buy inventory, pay expenses like rent, electricity, internet, we have to pay for licenses for all the software we use, city permits, insurance, etc. All that stuff adds up, and $10,000 barely puts a dent in it.
The funds needed to start up a business like ours come from personal savings and/or family/friends with the means and the good faith to invest. Furthermore, it takes years to recoup that investment. So support small, independent businesses as much as you can, not just clothing stores like us, but coffee shops, restaurants, barber shops, hardware stores, pet stores, bike shops, whatever. For years the city of Houston has been seen as uncool by the rest of the country. This was in large part due to the lack of small businesses to give the city a distinct character. But Houston is evolving, and now that we’re America’s coolest city to live in, let’s help keep it that way. Support local, grow together #SLGT.
Tip #4 Can You Stand The Rain
I REALLY LOVE this Norse Projects x Elka 4 Pocket Parka which I paired with an Our Legacy Black Denim Shirt, UNIS Chinos, and a Lambswool Norse Beanie. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE about this jacket designed in collaboration with Danish rainwear specialists Elka, the 4 Pocket Parka is constructed using a PVC/Polyester mix fabric which makes it COMPLETELY WATERPROOF. Utilizing a breathable lining as well as rear opening yoke, the jacket features a full zip and snap placket fastening, four flap cover snap closure pockets, a drawstring hood and adjustable snap cuffs.
While that’s nice and all, sometimes the only way to express your love for someone or something is through song. Here’s a song about this jacket that I REALLY AM FEELIN’ for those days when it’s cold and raining. Tell me…CAN YOU STAND THE RAIN?
Want free drinks and special discounts? This Friday we’re partnering with our friends to host an Indie Holiday Crawl in Rice Village. Each boutique will offer a special one night only discount as well as free treats, food, alcohol, and/or all of the above. Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing our special the day of the event. | #LifeStyleClass #Houston #SLGT #houstonstyle
Tip #3 Keep It ON (Point) and Poppin’
Some times I wish I could travel back in time to 2007. Back when ‘Ye was ‘Ye…Lil Wayne was still a HUMAN, AAANNNDD Chris Brown was still CHRIS BROWN. Y’all know what I’m talking about? A time before he was covered in tattoos and dating Rihanna. A time when he was deemed one of the biggest stars in the world, rockin’ black leather Belstaff Jackets and jumpin’ from Wall to Wall. Breezy kept it “ON AAAAND POPPIN”.. Those were SIMPLER DAYS AND SIMPLER TIMES. Which leads me to Tip #3 KEEP IT ON (Point) and Poppin’.
As I’ve stated many times, Houston weather is UNPREDICTABLE. This Gitman Vintage Brushed Twill Shirt is a perfectly tailored longsleeve overshirt with just the right amount of pop for our winters. This shirt is finished in soft brushed twill with just a little heft to keep you warm on those days when the winter weather isn’t unbearable. When pairing this shirt with an outfit, I suggest allowing the rest of the outfit to be rather subdued so that the shirt is the focal point. I like this Norse Beanie in Shitake as well as a pair of Vintage Khaki UNIS pants to complete the outfit and keep you ON (POINT) AND POPPIN’.
The Hill-Side Diamond Quilted Double Face Gauze Striped Tie.
Available at www.theclassroomshop.com