We had the good fortune of connecting with Justice Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justice, what’s one thing about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
That one must lose sleep in order to be successful. I’ve had my fair share of all-nighters and know I may have to pull a lot more in the future, but I think that the idea that you have to be on “grind mode” or working 24/7 is unhealthy and unrealistic. We need rest, we need to take care of our bodies to be able to function and perform well creating our art. A well rested body is just as important as a hard working hard body.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the Owner, Lead Fashion Designer, and Creative Director of Justice Cole Label. I create custom unique handmade designs from scratch. My designs are a reflection of how I see art and fashion. I love big exaggerated statement pieces, different colors, silhouettes and styles. I don’t go by a rule book. I do my own thing. I would definitely describe myself as a visionary. I am most proud of how far I’ve come, staying dedicated to my craft, being hungry to learn more, to do more, and not staying stationary. I am always yearning to go to the next level. I never allow myself to stay satisfied or complacent. There’s always a next level to reach. Beyonce steadily outdoes herself with every single song and project she drops, why can’t I? It was not particularly easy to get where I am today. It took a lot of transparency, reevaluating, hard work, and self-reflection. I began in and still am in my early 20’s. There is a LOT of pressure to sit back and “enjoy these years” or “enjoy my youth while it’s here”, or the alternative; work hard to make my dreams my reality, and create the future and generational wealth I know I want to obtain. To any young entrepreneur reading this that have too battled this thought, both can be achieved. Although, I would say work hard much harder than you play, but don’t deny either. There’s only one life to live. Some lessons I have learned along the way is to stay consistent, be an active listener, respect those ahead of you; but don’t allow anyone to take advantage of you, have fun with it, stay far away from your comfort zone, none of your dreams live there,
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Deep Ellum to experience the Dallas Nightlife, Uptown Dallas for brunch, the Bishop Arts District for cute photos and sight seeing. It is so artsy and aesthetically pleasing there, a couple of black owned restaurants for dinner and dessert, Northpark Mall and/or The Galleria, and I’d end the week at The Potter’s House. There are soooo many hidden gems in Dallas, it is literally so much to consider, these are my top choices.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentor, Ms. Aretha.
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