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Barely Graduated

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Barely Graduated



Barely Graduated is a voice...  It's a voice used to express different point of views on Fashion, Art, Music and Entertainment. For this class I decided that I would use this voice to create a capsule collection titled Very Rare Pieces that is centerd around my current taste in fashion. I hope you enjoy!!!

July 31, 2013 12:47 pm

I've never designed a collection before. The only experience I have in fashion production is the few shirts I've printed for myself and a few of my friends from the neighborhood. However with absolutely no experience and no help I'm going to design, manufacture, and release an entire collection in 22 days.  My design process for this collection will be very selfish and it is not made with the intent to appeal to the masses. The story of David and Goliath is my inspiration, I'm trying to capture that moment the crowd stood in awe after the giant fell.

August 3, 2013 6:15 am

I've been really gravitating towards the black and white aesthetic personally so I knew I wanted that to be the focus of my collection. I've always wanted a baseball jersey with leather sleeves so I thought I'd do my take on the classic Yankees jersey. Instead of a normal jersey patch I wanted to do something very rare and do  an extra large goth patch. Something totally left field and unique.

August 3, 2013 9:26 am

Still stuck on baseball I figured I should do a baseball tee. I wanted something to signify the pressure I felt doing this collection alone and being unsure of how people would receive my work. It really felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders and I thought a full size cross on the back of the shirt was the perfect design.  Not really a fan of the quarter sleeved baseball shirts, I started looking into a different alternative. I was dead set on finding a short sleeved baseball shirt with an unfinished hem at the bottom.

August 4, 2013 5:51 pm

Can't do a proper streetwear collection without a hat. I wanted to keep it very simple, just the word RARE. Minimalism is a big part of my fashion choices right now and it's only right that my hat isn't too busy or overstated.

August 4, 2013 8:04 pm

After working on the hat I decided that I really wanted to highlight the word rare. I hadn't come up with a name for the collection yet but I knew that I wanted the word rare in it. So to get a better understanding of the word I looked it up in the dictionary and wrote down all the things that spoke out the loudest to me. The definition of the word was so powerful that I felt that it could stand alone on a shirt, but a big definition on the front of the shirt sounded forced so I knew I wanted to do it small but I didn't know where I wanted to put it. I decided on the sleeve for now.

August 5, 2013 12:29 am

I've always wanted a soccer style v neck jersey, the problem is I can never find one that isn't super busy with all types of logos all over it. Here is my chance to fill the void in the marketplace.

August 6, 2013 6:36 am

For my last piece I wanted to do something with zippers. I decided to go with a black hoodie with 12 inch zippers on the sides and the word RARE on the hood.

August 8, 2013 6:19 am

Having laid the grown work on all my pieces I felt it was time to go back in and get some details going. I started with the Cross baseball shirt because it was the piece I was most excited about. I tried about six different crosses on the back but I really couldn't find one I loved. I decided to make my own cross and incorporate this bible verse I read earlier that day in the design (1 Peter 3:3-4) I ended up making a cross out of the words. It wasn't a perfect shaped cross but I loved the idea. The verse speaks on not being distracted by material things. Very Rare Pieces is about self expression,not being trendy. It takes guts to make stuff for yourself and present it to the world. 1 Peter 3:3-4 embodies what this class and collection mean for me.

August 8, 2013 11:42 am

The definition tee looked too plain and I hated it being on the sleeve so I moved it to the front. I wasn't 100% sold on that, plus I thought it was still too plain so I added the word RARE on the back but I separated each letter by putting the word inside of the letter X. I wanted that X as big as possible. I liked this design so much I thought it would be cool to drop it in two color ways (white and black of course)

August 8, 2013 2:52 pm

I was looking at all kinds of patches for the jersey and couldn't settle upon anything I loved but fortunately for me my son was watching TMNT and the turtles were fighting some skeleton looking thing. The skeleton made me think of this Alexander McQueen scarf I have, so I started doing some research on skull patches.

August 9, 2013 6:08 am

I decided to change the snapback hat to a trucker hat after buying a dope ass trucker hat yesterday. Instead of solid black, I think a two tone black & white trucker would be dope.

August 9, 2013 7:28 am

I ended up adding the words Very Rare to the front of the baseball tee.

August 12, 2013 6:45 am

I'm changing the location of the RARE definition again!!! I settled on putting it on the bottom left hand corner of the shirt in a very tiny font size. To me, a big definition only needs the smallest window to make the biggest impact so I thought this was a dope play on words

August 12, 2013 8:18

I'm adding the word PIECES to the backside bottom of the hoodie. I think that it would be super dope that when the hood is down the view from the back  says RARE PIECES.

Here is the tag I came up with for this collection. I put the Class of 2011 on the tag because that was the year my son was born and the year I Barely Graduated from the streets. (Damn I put the comma in the wrong place in that first sentence of that tag!!! #HowDidIMissThat )

August 13, 2013 6:09am

Now that my CAD's are done it's time I invested some time into finding the blanks and raw materials I need to complete this collection. The first thing I needed to tackle was this baseball jersey with leather sleeves. I found a white and black pinstripe jersey that I loved, the problem was none of the local vendors I contacted had access to it. So I called the company that made the jersey and they told me they were completely sold out but they could email me a list of vendors that might have jerseys. Between 9 different vendors I was somehow able to piece together 24 jersey's for 4 full size runs (s-3xl).

Thank God the patches and the leather was much easier to get. I just did a Etsy search for skull patches and came up with a shop that had some amazing Alexander McQueen type of skulls that were perfect. As far as getting the leather, I recently signed up for sewing classes at this fabric shop so I just had the owner of the shop (Mrs. Judy) order me some "butter soft shit yo". I don't know many 65 year old grandmothers that can intrepret that but Mrs. Judy didn't let me down and delivered me some amazing leather, she also hooked me up with some zippers for my hoodies. I wanted to order riri zippers because I heard that's what one of my favorite brands uses but she talked me into getting xyz zippers because she could personally guarantee their quality. 

August 16, 2013 12:14pm

After locking down all the rest of the blanks that I was going to need for this collection. I headed down to my local screen printer and we sat down and knocked out the samples for the Rare X Definition Tees, the Very Rare Cross Tee, the Rare V Neck Soccer Jersey, and the Rare Pieces Hoodie. While I was there I got inspired to do a jogging suit. I wanted 1 piece to show all 3 of the logos I created for this collection, kinda like  my "Victory Lap" piece. I put the Rare logo on front of the crew, Very Rare Cross on the back of the crew  and the Rare X logo on the pants. I approved the samples and gave the screen printer the go ahead to print the entire collection.

August 17, 2013 10:11am

A little birdie (Twitter) told me that Jeff Staple was in Indianapolis at the MotoGP and I couldn't pass on the opportunity to meet him face to face and to let him know that I was going to win this thing. I also thought it would be cool if I could include him in my extra credit assignment so I headed down to the Speedway and camped in front of the Alpinestars vendor space for 5 hours until I finally got a chance to meet up with him.

August 18, 2013 9:11am

I hired Mrs. Judy to add the zippers to my hoodies and the leather to my baseball sleeves. Sitting in there watching her and her daughters sew  was one of the most informative things I've ever been a part of. They walked me through the entire process step by step. They showed me what to look for when I hire someone to sew for me, the difference between great work and sloppy work, and the different type of methods they all used. I got overcharged for being so last minute but the lessons learned were priceless.

August 19, 2013 2013 3:32pm

Having to wait till Monday afternoon to get to the embroidery place was HELL. I felt I was running out of time and I still had so much to do. I needed the tags for my hoodies, the embroidery on the back of the baseball jersey, the skull on the front of the baseball jersey and my trucker hats finished. I'm fortunate that I found a very small embroidery company that really appreciated my business and the owner promised me he could have everything done before close. To my amazement in 8 hours they completed 30 hats, 50 tags, and 24 baseball jersey's.


August 20, 2013 10:00am

Finally got the entire collection complete. My first thought was to go out and get some models and a professional photographer for the shoot but you don't learn by spending money and watching so I decided that I was going to get a less experienced photogropher that would allow me to direct the shoot myself. Instead of models I wanted the lookbook to look like I was in it so I got a few of the dudes from my neighborhood that dress, talk, look, and act like me. In 22 days I completed my first clothing collection, thanks to Jeff Staple and Skillshare and now I present to you all Barely Graduated's Very Rare Pieces Capsule Collection



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When you're in the streets running around doing things you shouldn't be doing the dream is always to graduate to something bigger, something safer, something more legitimate. Barely Graduated is my story, it's the story of a man who could easily continue to do what he is naturally good at or risk it all and fight for something greater. It's the story of a son who feels so much pressure to prove to his mother that you can be a success without a college education. It's the story of a father trying to raise a son by showing him that anything is achievable if you set your mind to it. Barely Graduated is a honest reflection of my life. With over eight years of private school education where I was always at the top of my class, I barely graduated from my public high school. With one foot in and one foot out I barely graduated from the streets. Fashion is my chance to go after something bigger, something safer, and something more legitimate. 


I Barely Graduated but I made it...



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