Junior Samir Chibane launched his very first clothing line, Stizz Lifestyle Clothing, in September of last year, hoping to make an impact as a young “go-getter” in the fashion business. His ambitious strive in entrepreneurship is inspiring to his supportive classmates, many of whom can be seen sporting his gear around the halls of Malden High School.
“Stizz” has an unseen, yet cleverly relevant meaning of “style with ease.” (Agreeing that the name “Steez” makes more sense, Samir argues that ‘stizz’ rolls off the tongue more fluently.) His line is filled with clean designs; it strays away from bright colors for a more “sharp” approach. Colors you can expect to see on his clothes are light blues, grays, navies, maroons, and blacks, chosen specifically to make the style “easy to understand,” explains Chibane. Stizz Clothing offers three different crewneck sweaters, three different tee shirts, and a flat-bill baseball cap with the store’s logo on it. On each of the articles of clothing, one would find a graphic that reads “Character Over Reputation,” a music note of the names of popular hip hop artists, and a Stizz emblem (as shown to the left).
Chibane has always been motivated to start his own business and when his interest in style became a prominent factor in his life, he decided to take action. Thus, the bith of Stizz. The whole ordeal began with a custon-design tee shirt generator. After he got the jist of his design ideas, Chibane put them to sale. He got the designs manufactured and put up on his website, www.StizzLifestyle.bigcartel.
The clothing line is targeted to attract hustelrs and grinders. “My clothes clothes are for people who are reaching for success,” (much like Chibane himself!), he says of his targeted customers. Chibane wants those who wear his clothes to feel as though they are united to something big. Stizz Clothing entails a sense of pride for its customers, making them feel like they are supporting something potentially momentous. Chibane says that those who wear the gear are a part of an “ambitious group” that is “supportive and united.”
A lot of Stizz’s essense is influenced by Chibane’s one and only style icon, Pharrell. Pharrell holds the many career titles of a music artist, record producer, composer, and fashion designer. Chibane admires his clean approach to style and business.
When asked if he plans on pursuing his line in the future, Chibane replies, “Definitely. If I start something, I might as well take it seriously and make it big.” The line is coming out with new designs that are expected to hit the website later on this month. Stay tuned into Stizz and keep an eye out for upcoming designs!
You can find Stizz Lifestyle on Facebook or follow them on Twitter: @Stizz_Clothing
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