We had the good fortune of connecting with Asia Johnson & Hakim Monroe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asia Johnson & Hakim Monroe, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting a clothing line was never in our plans. We were already owners of a executive protection company based in metro Detroit. #MYBROTHERSKEEPER was created in memory of Asia’s brother who passed away in 2018. When someone passes away one of the first things you have are regrets, from small childhood arguments to wishing you were there to protect them, dealing with the loss of someone is an emotional rollercoaster. I was in a dark space for years suffering from depression and just being mad at the world. This brand was created not only as an apology to my brother but to remind everyone to be there for one another. We launched this brand in 2020 starting off with a line of crewneck sweatshirts that instantly became popular in our hometown Detroit. The lion head logo is in memory of my brother who was a Leo. Etched in every lion head is the “#MYBROTHERSKEEPER” hashtag, a daily reminder to love the ones who are with us as well as the ones we have loss. Since then clothing/fashion has become a real passion of ours as we continue to expand our brand and message. Our over-all goal we deliver from our products is comfort; from our hoodies to our new jogger set collection we pride ourselves on the quality of our clothes. When people see #MYBROTHERSKEEPER we want them to see love, compassion, and strength.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Besides running a business Asia works in the challenging world of title clearance. I started of as a pre-close specialist working at a prominent title company. I have recently transferred to a new company as a closing coordinator. I started not knowing anything about mortgages, refinancing, etc but after almost two years have really grown to love what I do. It is very fast paced and challenging but I love to learn.
Hakim has been working as a professional bodyguard while running his own security business. He has been in the industry since he was 16 years old.
We want the world to know that you are not alone when you are going through grief. But please don’t dwell in your sorrow. Make everyday yours! Don’t forget to love the people that are here. As we continue to spread our message we would love to hear stories from other people and how they deal with their grief. We can all be a support system because sometimes all you need is a listening ear..
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: We would enjoy brunch at Hollywood Coney Island and sightsee along Grand River as we head downtown. There we would spend the day at the Charles H Wright Museum then head over to the legendary Motown Museum.
Day 2: We will enjoy the day at Ready Player One where we can enjoy arcade games, drinks, and vibes.
Day 3: We would go to the Detroit Zoo and end the day with Famous Dave’s BBQ.
Day 4: Will all be about downtown. Walking along the riverwalk where we can visit the many restaurants and hotels. You can also see Canada and the Caesar’s Casino from the riverwalk. There’s a lot of entertainment along the riverwalk you never know where your day will end.
Day 5: Spend the day at Belle Isle Park. There are a few places to check out on the island including the Belle Isle Aquarium.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I hope this is allowed, but I would have to give thanks to my fiancée Hakim,. He has been there since day one. When I couldn’t function he never left my side. He’s a great business partner, therapist and even photographer lol. Without his love and encouragement I don’t know what I would’ve done.