We had the good fortune of connecting with Dre Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dre, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My idea was to create t-shirts for myself that differentiated from other online shops. The designs that I saw were not on the best quality t-shirts or when shipped, the item differed from what I originally saw. Once I actually decided to make some t-shirts, I asked myself, “What would my shirts say about me?” That’s where the idea of making a brand about transplants, the idea of “transplanting” or making a move and planting new roots came from.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since college, I worked temp jobs and warehouse work where I felt underemployed & undervalued. I found a new opportunity for a logistics position in late 2018. The job gave me an opportunity to travel to Chicago & eventually Dallas. It was great for me, but soon I saw the potential to do more. The hustlers spirit took over & instead of just working for a company, I began thinking of how to work for myself. My years of not being fulfilled by work led to my entrepreneurial spirit. However, those years of working let me know how much effort it would take, the time factor, & consistency needed to feed my dream. Just as the switch in mindsets didn’t happen over night, a t-shirt brand wouldn’t come either. So, I’m diligently, patiently, and humbly building the brand step by step.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My list of go to places would be: Klyde Warren Park, Trinity Groves, The Southern Classic Daquiri Factory, Deep Ellum, The Star in Frisco, and La Ventana. On Sundays, check out TNT Breadwinners for brunch in Uptown. Also, I like checking out local art. The murals and street art around the city are amazing. The Fabrication Yard is a very interesting place to go for photos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special thanks to @ascenderstouch for letting me know about the opportunity. I want to think the beautiful people I have met in Dallas who have helped me and supported my brand to this point. And a shoutout to the community, the entrepreneurs, & the creatives who I have met and plan on connecting with. You guys push the culture and create an amazing space to share & continue to create.