We had the good fortune of connecting with Markerius “MJ” Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Markerius “MJ”, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
To put it very lightly it took a lot of trial and error. I came up with the brand in 2016, but didn’t really have one specific route for it to go to until 2017. Before Threaded World was born all I had under my belt was some light writing creds on other platforms, very some small start up experience, and I had a crazy love for sneakers . At the time I was in college, and I got to the part where I was tired of partying all the time, classes weren’t as bad, and I needed something to put my free time into that could actually take me somewhere. Half of the time I was stressed out from every angle, and couldn’t come up with one specific route to take as an actual business. I’ve had all types of inspirations for this brand and I plan to pay homage to every single one of them. From starting off as a small magazine to expanding into clothing it’s a very versatile street brand that’s going to push across a lot of different lanes. I plan to connect with a lot of different people by doing different projects, and creating some new opportunities for the people around me. This brand is just the first.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
On a creative level the main things that separate me from the pack are that I rely strongly on my own ideas, because i’m huge on originality and having my own flavor with everything I do. I always give respect to those that came before me and laid ground work, as well as the people that are making strong moves today. I’ve always been into street fashion, art, sneakers, hip hop, and really anything else that I felt was cool enough to raise a creative interest out of me. To get here today i’ve had to blend all my influences together, connect with new people, take some losses and adjust with the damages. I’d be crazy to say any of this has been easy, i’ve been stressed out my mind half the time juggling things. At the same time, I make things happen plain and simple. I don’t believe in words without action, and I try to always stand on my word and that’s always gotten me as far as I need to be. Overall, the main lessons i’ve learned is to keep myself ahead of any storm, and calculate every risk. Risk management has always been my best friend and worst nightmare all rolled into one, but i’ve always pushed through any storm. .
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s tough, because that’s one of the special things about Dallas, and really just Tx in general. Things here change like the seasons and there’s always something to do. I know people involved in different things around the city and some really range in what they do. I have some friends that get into boats and jet skis in the summer, then I have some friends like D Smith that really know nightlife like the back of his hand. I’ll call him when I wanna decide what a cold night move would be if I can’t put one together myself. Harris House of Hero’s is always a play, Bitter End has been going crazy with some tough DJ’s too though. I just ran into a cool Saturday day party in Addison so I see the possibilities have been expanding too though. It’s tough to just put out a whole week long itinerary, but if I had to suggest anything for somebody visiting definitely try the museums, visit the historic parts of the city, try Kooly’s BBQ, Kenny’s italian, ida claire, Ronnie’s and a list of other places. Really Dallas brunch on the weekends are undefeated. The Day parties are always the truth especially in the summer time, and if you can make it through Sunday funday and still be walking straight at 9pm then you prepped right all week long .
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It was a lot of people that helped me get to this point. God, family, and other loved ones all come at the top of the list, they’re always first on anything I do. Now when it comes to the brand the main other person I leaned on with making things happen was my associate G. He generated day to day foot traffic on the streets, and ended up bringing us a lot of exposure in his own way. That really helped us push the brand forward to where it is today. I also gotta give it to a few of my homies that have really put me on game especially since graduating college, and moving to a whole different city. My first roommates here in Dallas, D Smith and Juan, really connected me with a lot of people and ended up putting me in the right places to really get the brand expanding here. My bro Twaun got me into investing, real entrepreneurship, and really put me on to some everyday hustles that always helped me keep money tucked away. Then I also have some other friends that I call on for all types of stuff when I need an assist like my bro Myron over at Lawki co., Ronny B, Willaye, all the homies from school and stretched everywhere else the list just goes on.
I’m only as strong as my network is, and it’s as extensive as they come. I don’t wanna leave anybody out, but everybody close should know it’s all love with me. They can all call on me for whatever.
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