We sit down with the owner of Jersey Champs.
From time to time we get the opportunity to sit down with some of the who’s who in hip-hop culture. Throughout the years of hip-hop’s evolution, fashion has always been at the forefront. Today we get a better understanding of how the two coincide as we talk with Sean Kelly of Jersey Champs.
How did you get started? What or who was your inspiration?
I started Jersey Champs my Freshman year of college. Shark Tank inspired me to start my own business and the thought of working on your own schedule and being your own boss was very appealing to me. I have never worked for someone else before and never plan on it.
Is there ever a wrong time to wear a jersey?
We make sure to cover jerseys for every season. We have basketball jerseys & shirts for the summer, baseball jerseys & long sleeve shirts for the fall & spring and ice hockey jerseys and hoodies for the winter. All our designs are custom-made and are not your typical jersey.
How do you feel about Hip-Hop in it’s current state?
In terms of business, the Hip-Hop game is booming with all these new upcoming artists drawing in a ton of attention. Whatever leads to more sales makes me happy so I can’t be upset with how Hip-Hop is turning out.
Name two of your favorite rappers-to-date?
My two favorite rappers right now are Logic & J. Cole.
Any forthcoming exclusives you are working on for 2017?
We have partnered up with some really big name artists and will be making some custom designs for them. We have already worked with Logic & 21 Savage along with many other artists and professional athletes.
Who, past or present have you worked with in entertainment that provided one of the most unique encounters?
Meeting Logic was awesome. He is a great person. Working with Marshawn Lynch, Jarvis Landry & Martavis Bryant was also a great experience. Iman Shumpert on the Cleveland Cavaliers ordered jerseys from us for his summer basketball camp which we thought was very cool.
Have you ever had any peculiar custom requests?
We’ve had some weird requests for sure. One person wanted a picture of an actual heart with blood all around it on a jersey.
Any advice for up & coming entrepreneurs/designers interested in getting into the game?
Go out there and hustle. Have something to keep you motivated through the tough times and don’t give up. The more time you spend in, the more the results will start to show. There is a direct relationship.