We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Obaseki and Felton Hunt  and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Felton and Jessica, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Felton and I have always wanted to start our own fashion line for as long as we could remember. We knew we had our own take and ideas about how women and men should dress. We both knew that the fashion industry is a tough one to be in so our thought process was to network, be proactive in our market research, and take it one step at a time.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I believe that Jessica and I are most proud of the fact that we are a U.S. made, small batch brand. In our efforts to be more environmentally conscious, we made the decision to not mass produce. Many of our pieces are still constructed by us. We got to where we are today by wanting to provide a quality product, networking, and building strong relationships in Houston. It wasn’t easy at all and the work never stops. The biggest lesson Jess and I have learned in our business is there’s no such thing as over night success! It takes many years for a brand to really take off and we believe we are ok our way!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well first thing that comes to mind is going to visit our amazing Museum District, they have some of the best exhibits ever. I would then follow up with a bike ride around Buffalo Bayou Park, the scenery is gorgeous. I would then take them to some of the best restaurants Houston has to offer, from Tex-Mex like Original Ninfas to Asian Infusion like Le Colonial to Turkey Leg Hut!. We love Houston’s variety of social activities, its growing to be such a wildly diverse place city with a melting pot of cultures.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Absolutely, there are so many friends and family members that have contributed to the success of 86&90 by supporting us at local pop ups, resharing and tagging us on social media. Our fashion instructors Andrea Bonner, Silvio Ortega, Alex Chapman, Vi Hua were all influential in pushing us and keeping us on track.

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Image Credits
Robert Tremaine

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