When I was 21 I started a clothing company. I knew school was not going to be the route for me at a young age . I worked construction during the day and ran my clothing brand at night. After a year passed, my clothes were featured on the back of celebrities and I was on my way to becoming self-employed.
3 years later, I decided to take it a step further, it would be great to see my best friend who was there from the start to have a business too. He helped come up with the name and was basically my life consultant and a trusted person I brought along to networking events and other events such as concerts and pop-ups as well. He had been through a lot in his life and never wanted credit for anything from me. We spent a lot of time together. I helped him deal with DUI case . He was short of money and didn’t live in the best financial situations and I lended small amounts to him. He would always pay back on time even if it meant him not eating for the day. We both had the motivation to make it work and we both knew we had each other’s backs. There was many nights we would cry in each other’s arms hugging because we knew it was a big jump for us but we knew we could make it together .we were like yin-yang when it came to business. I was a creative mastermind and he was a logistical powerhouse that audited everything.
We both decided that we would go into business together. He was a smart guy and was Saavy at things that I wasn’t. We both decided to start a cannabis media company. Then shortly after we knew we should move to a legalized state, so we decided Vegas. Something always pulled us to move there, so we did it. Him , his girlfriend , and myself we moved to Vegas. Even if it wasn’t the most financially secured moved, we knew with a leap of faith that we had each other.
6 months later, he took his life, then his girlfriend took her life 3 days later. They dealt with alcohol issues and I was right in the middle of it some nights. I was not aware of how deep the issue really was and myself as well as the families believe they may have been fighting more demons then we imagined. I’m still not sure what to think to this day. All I know is that if it wasn’t for my girlfriend I met out here taking me in, I would be homeless right now until I had enough to move back home across the country.
Something has been pulling at me to stay here. I’ve been running into random signs that he’s watching me. I currently have two fortunes from fortune cookies that have both our lucky and spiritual number on them. That say things that encourage me to keep pushing. I can’t look back now. We had many discussions about how Vegas was such a spiritual move for us and I’m starting to see why. While my life was uprooted from me, I decided to release some new designs for my clothing brand and they’ve been tremendously successful, but now I know it’s my mission to do this in dedication of him. I work 4 different hustles. I work a day job, I flip stuff at garage sales of ebay , I’m working on an online writing career, and more.
My goal is to receive an investment of $3,000 to get my brand up and running again. I’ve structured a marketing plan and roll out in dedication to him that would raise money for suicide awareness and underprivileged youth. My mind and my heart are in it for the right reasons now and I have celebrities interested in the cause. Unfortunately, asking them for funds could be a conflict of interest. I don’t want to spoil this opportunity. I’m even willing to pay the money back and more when I get the ball rolling.
Any contribution will help tremendously. I will leave my paypal link below.
I’ve been on this journey by myself now to this point since his passing. I came to the decision to release some new designs that I would work on for the next collection in dedication to his life. And well, they received a lot of praise. So much so, there’s major public figures that are interested in taking part in a suicide awareness campaign in honor of his life and the brand as well. LV8 is about uplifting yourself and living by success principles, regardless of your situation. Something my friend and I did and lived by.
We didn’t realize until after he moved here that “LV8” was an acronym for “ Las Vegas 2018” the year we moved.
I’m at a point where I can’t come up with the money myself and I’ve been trying every option. I was in a great amount of debt and don’t want to dig myself farther. I work a day job and I have 3 side hustles, including flipping stuff at goodwill and garage sales, as well as freelance writing. His birthday is on March 15th. The 15 was a huge part of his life, and now mine . It follows everywhere. This next collection will be by 15th and 16th pieces I’ve created.
I used to do it for fame and fortune, but now, it’s about dedicating myself and craft to my friend’s life.