We had the good fortune of connecting with Vee Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vee, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from Houston Texas born and raise ! I was brought up with the mindset of ” YOU make it happen for YOU ” , nothing is preventing you from making Sh*t happen but yourself, use your resources, and do not become an island. My background consist of a whole lot of set backs and failures, but I have entrepreneurship running through my veins and I just don’t quit. I like to say I get this from my dad. Seeing his perseverance my whole life has altered my perspective of “work” in many ways. My father has been an entrepreneur his whole life (40+ years),he has multiple successful businesses and never quits. Growing up, he made sure we had a roof over our heads, food in the fridge & cabinets, and had clothes in our closet with tags hanging. He made things happen for not only us, but his family, and his employees and their families as well. As a kid/teen, you do not open your eyes to the hardship or stress your parents carry just to see you smile and ensure you don’t ever have to check tags or your bank account to see if you can ” afford” everyday necessities. It’s not until you allow the blinders off your eyes, and see exactly what they go through to support you as kid and adult. Witnessing this shapes your mind completely,
Example, 2021 coming in hot, my husband and I were extremely excited in pushing out our branded apparel formally known as Night Owl Supply co., but of course we ran into some legal issues as our first big hit as a company. Normally some people would quit right then and there and shut down. ( Especially after spending tons of $$$ on advertising ) But we did not, we name changed and kept it pushing! Came back 10 times better ! If it weren’t for my upbringing, I would have stopped right when I received that email and call from the lawyer that day. Instead I flipped the script and thought , ” they were scared of little ol’ me? ”
With my upbringing of perseverance and making things happen, we became 444 Supply Co. A company that stands for protection and cultivate affordable Houston branded apparel and we are here to stay.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As I stated a bit earlier, I began this brand in 2021 with high hopes and determination to get our name out there. After overcoming the first set back and changing our name, we went full throttle in our designs and registered for each pop up we would find that fit our target market. We create apparel and accessories based on Houston culture and lifestyle. Other than our branded apparel and accessories we also sell vintage clothing. What sets us apart from others is we do our own art work, original designs ,and we also offer something for everyone in the family.
I created this brand to have something for my family. This was not an easy road to take, but I like challenges. Stopping is not an option, creating something that everyone knows is my goal. I want 444 Supply Co. to be known!
I am also most proud of still being out here and our brand 444 supply co slowly getting traction. It’s exciting to get alerts of a new like, follow, or order on our website. Although this business venture is still in its early stages of growth, I am excited for what we have planned for this year, stay tuned on www.444supplyco.com !
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ahh the itinerary includes Mimosas for breakfast in the heights , then downtown to the Post for lunch , a rooftop photo op and drinks. Downtown Discovery green at night, Houston always has many events going on, and has amazing places to take pictures.
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?
I would like to dedicate this to the ones who keep me strong, my CBF, Maddie, Brynn & Xan, & to my mom and dad for showing me all things entrepreneurship & to persevere.
Special shout out to 444Supply CO – Graphic Designer Danny Lopez for all the company’s art work and for the photos.