This past week I launched the fall line for Oh Brother Brand™. Inspired by the great outdoors, I created 5 different garments using a fall-ish color scheme. From the design to the printing to the sewing of the tags, I was able to do it all by hand. The only thing I had help with was burning the screens for screen printing the garments. I had a local screen printer (Orchard Street Press) here in Milwaukee help me out with that. The whole process of creating these pieces all on my own was a great experience. A long…but great experience. The printing was hard for me, because I was printing AND drying the shirts with a heat gun simultaneously. Trying to print and dry was crazy, because I didn’t want the ink to dry on the screen before I was done drying the garments. Pretty ridiculous. Because of how time-consuming it is, I most-likely won’t do another round of garments on my own. I will send out for the next line of products. It’s really cool to see something come to life from an idea, sketch, design, screen, print, then onto people’s backs. It makes you appreciate the hard work it takes to make something with your own hands, especially when you decide to DIY your own line.
I’m grateful to have family and friends in the area, so I can text them a few days before and ask if they would like to be in a photo shoot. My cousins Jesse and Cheyanne Smith helped me out with modeling the new line, along with my good friend Jermaine Johnson. Oh yeah, I also did the photography for the shoot. DIY OR DIE.