We had the good fortune of connecting with Garrick “G” Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Garrick “G”, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process of starting my own business was a little difficult. First, the process of trying to think of a name for the brand. I wanted it to be more personal, as well as tell my story in a creative, yet relatable way. I spent days racking my brain on different names and trying to make sure it fit perfect with the message I wanted. On November 11th at like 9 AM, I gotta phone call from my friend/brother DJ Griggs that our godfather/uncle (Jarmon “Hershey” Hawkins) had past earlier that morning. I was in complete shock because I had literally just talked him prior to the incident. At this time I was living in Dallas and also had a different brand, but I remember our last conversation like it was just yesterday. “Monsta (one of my many nicknames he gave me growing up) I need some of your clothes for me, my wife and my little baby girl. I will be in Dallas this weekend.” After I got off the phone with DJ, I immediately called my mother (Jacqueline Simon) to tell her the news. After sitting on the phone with her for about 2 hours, I finally came up with the name of my new brand (The Fallen Clothing). The name was a perfect fit for the message I wanted to get across. Now it was time to start brainstorming some ideas for graphics and different concepts of ideas I had for the brand going forward. I decided that each piece that I was going to release would have a meaningful message behind it.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What keeps me busy professionally is my determination and desire to be great. I want to be one of the biggest fashion designers in the world and I also want to leave my mark on this world in a positive way in knowing I made a change and pathed a way for future creatives.
Im most proud of the fact that I never gave up no matter how difficult things may have been in my life. I was never okay with being a statistic, I always wanted to be different regardless of what people think. Im proud of the fact that I wanna make a change in the world.
No, it wasnt easy at all. I faced a lot of obstacles to get to where Im at right now. Dealing with family and my own personal issues, COVID played its part as well in regards to manufacturing and shipping issues and much more. I applaud myself for putting myself first and taking the necessary steps to put myself in position to be great.
The lessons I learned along the way is never be afraid to start over. When I say that, I mean its okay to take time, look at your mistakes and make the necessary changes to better yourself. You are going to make mistakes, everything will not always work how you planned it the first time. Just stay positive, trust GOD and the process. This is a marathon not a race. A lot of people get discouraged when having a business because their brand is not moving at a pace they would like. Well take it from me, stop worrying about things you cant control. Your journey doesnt have an age limit or a time frame of when you will achieve what you are trying to achieve. As long as you are getting up each day and working to get better then thats all that matters, the rest will handle itself.
Another lesson I learned is dont let society and social media determined your success. Lastly, dont be afraid to ask for help.
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?
these are just a few places we would go in Houston if they came down for a week long trip:
Turkey Leg Hut
AGR Sports Indoor Paintball
if the Houston Rockets are playing we would hit the Toyota Center for a game
Houston Rodeo going on so we would definitely go
Big Phil’s Soul & Creole Cafe
ride 4 wheelers at my uncles house
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of these people play a huge role in my life and I’m grateful for them 1. GOD
2. my mother (Jacqueline Simon)
3.my uncle ( RIP Jarmon “Hershey” Hawkins)
4. my cousin ( RIP Joshua “Happy” Evans)
5. my friend/brother (RIP Qudus “Duce” Jacob)
6. my friend/sister (RIP Sadaija White)
7. my coach/father figure (RIP Coach “Bubba” Griggs)
8. my brothers 4L DJ, Ty, & Bryce Griggs
9.my cousin Legend
10.my cousin Chazz “Fatboy”
11. my cousin Shane
13. my cousin (RIP Tevon “THubb” Hubbard)
14. my god brother Ron
15. my friends/sisters Gina, Sydney & Jayla
Instagram: @g_scott409 (personal) @thefallenclothing_ (brand page) @COZYhospitality (COZY brand page)