Bristol — BRISTOL — From motivational speeches to motivational messages displayed on their fancy streetwear, a Bristol couple are utilizing their pandemic concept to create change inside their neighborhood.
DK Motion, a luxurious streetwear model constructed from sustainable and recycled supplies, was born out of two issues that had turn out to be necessary to Derek Jones and Kelly Houston: style and health.
After watching his mom battle with drug habit and his father with alcoholism, rising up in foster care and finally preventing his personal battle with alcohol, Bristol native Jones determined to show his life round. He stop ingesting, began exercising and began relationship Houston, now his fiancée, whom he met on-line.
Houston is initially from New York. After touring backwards and forwards to see one another, Houston moved to Connecticut 5 years in the past.
“I have been into style and I have been within the style business for over 15 years as a mannequin, purple carpet hostess, a wide range of issues,” Houston mentioned. “In order that’s the place the clothes line is available in, so we determined to do the clothes line.”
The couple created a YouTube channel to share their tales. In 2020, through the pandemic, the model clothes line began with a web-based retailer at dkmovementbrand.com.
Nonetheless, Houston says promoting primarily on-line through the pandemic was tough. Clients needed to really feel and see the merchandise they had been shopping for.
That is when a buddy walked into Avril’s Boutique and thought DK Motion would make an incredible addition to the Bristol clothes retailer. After her buddy confirmed Brenda Jules, the proprietor of Avril’s Boutique, a few of her work, Jules needed to satisfy with the couple. Jules was within the course of of adjusting the title of her informal clothes line to luxurious sneakers and thought DK Motion could be an incredible addition to the shop.
Houston thought that working with Jules could be a distinct however constructive expertise.
“I by no means bear in mind [a time] the place I might go to a boutique and purchase luxurious streetwear and purchase a pair of Balenciagas, a Louis Vuitton bag and purchase a complete outfit in a single retailer.” Houston mentioned.
Now the collaboration is working to convey style to the Bristol neighborhood, and past.
“[Brenda is] nice at serving to, as we’re. He gave us a shot at his retailer, he put us up at his retailer,” Houston mentioned. “The collaboration will likely be nice as a result of we’ve got plenty of issues that we wish to do collectively throughout the neighborhood.”
Whereas Houston loves giving again to the neighborhood, Jones needs to focus on one necessary factor the 2 manufacturers have in frequent.
“There [are] not too many collaborations with African-American entrepreneurs,” Jones mentioned. “We thought it could even be one other highlight simply to assist present the neighborhood that we’re working collectively as nicely.”
Acknowledged by the Larger New England Minority Provider Growth Council, the Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and ShopBlackCT, DK Motion usually donates a portion of its income and time to Agapé Home, a Christian church in Bristol devoted to serving to the homeless.
After collaborating in race day on the Boys and Women Membership in Bristol, the couple needed to share the tales of their robust upbringing to encourage the youthful era.
“A part of our speech [was] let every little one know that they will do no matter they need in life,” Jones mentioned. “As soon as you alter your mindset, you are able to do something with constructive pondering, purpose setting, and having an enormous imaginative and prescient.”
Houston believes that younger youngsters ought to have folks of their neighborhood as position fashions for fulfillment. Being a mannequin throughout Style Week has taught her that every one that glitters isn’t gold, a message she shares together with her two daughters.
“Do not dwell as much as what you see on social media,” Houston mentioned. “Admire the folks you see inside your neighborhood.”
DK Motion shares that they do not give recommendation only for present. The pair are enterprise companions, lovers, and one another’s largest motivators. Houston says assembly Jones was among the finest issues that has ever occurred to her. Earlier than assembly Jones, Houston was additionally an alcoholic.
“I have never had a drink in 5 years since I met Derek. He was already altering, he helped me change my life,” Houston mentioned.
Collectively, the couple plans to do extra outreach to members of the neighborhood and plan to proceed sharing the model’s slogan “turn out to be your finest self.”
DK Motion can have a sales space on the Home of Hearth Ministries Small Enterprise Expo positioned at 136 Riverside Ave in Bristol on Saturday from 11 a.m. to three p.m. They can even be on the Bridgeport Neighborhood Competition in McLevy Inexperienced Park on July 23 from midday to eight p.m. pm and the Rockwell Summer time Competition at 238 Jacobs Road in Bristol on August 20 from 10 am to six pm
Avril’s Boutique is positioned at 912 Terryville Avenue Ave. in Bristol and is open Monday by way of Saturday from 10 a.m. to six p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The shop’s grand opening is August 19, 12: 30 p.m. to five:00 p.m.
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