Mister Martini (@mister_martini) is a streetwear connoisseur from Vancouver, BC, who owns Dipt (@diptvancity), Vancouver’s longest-running streetwear and sneaker boutique and also owns Vancity Original (@vancityoriginal), a streetwear brand very popular in the British Columbia area. He joins Anthony J.R. to talk about the evolution of streetwear, starting and building a successful brand within the retail industry, and how today’s social media era plays a role in our we view fashion today.
Karen Okonkwo (@karenokonkwo) is a social entrepreneur and also the co-founder of TONL (@tonl), a business focused on diversity within stock photography. She joins Anthony J.R. to talk about life after the launch of TONL, understanding your purpose with your career choice, the evolution of Karen’s Thoughts, business strategies surrounding 401ks, and so much more.
Sage Quianmo (@sageq) is a keynote speaker and co-founder of Future For Us (@futureforus.now), a platform dedicated to advancing women of color at work. She joins Anthony J.R. to break down what her company is doing to change the narrative of women represented in the workplace, allyship with men, negotiation strategies, and so much more.
Mike Nasty (@djmikenasty) is a DJ and Producer currently based in NYC. He joins Anthony J.R. and discusses how he launched his career back home in Memphis, issues with Atlanta’s creative scene and why his move to NYC has completely changed his life.
Anthony J.R. celebrates two years of doing Cognac Small Talk with a brief message, reflecting on growth, future success and what’s to come in the new year.
Nelson Yong is a Brand Director, Entrepreneur, Marketing Strategist and Consultant who has actively helped build brands and companies like Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Aston Martin and Thompson Hotel through strategic marketing and business development. He stopped by the show to clarify what it truly means to have a taste for luxury and style, how to keep big name companies/ clients happy, personalizing your branding in niche markets and more.
Last time, Zea Lingard stopped by the show to inform us on how she manages to pursue other endeavors while maintaining her image as a model for various runaway shows, commercial work, etc. Now she’s an entrepreneur and business owner for her brand ‘Model Basics’ which is a one stop shop for all model needs, to ensure they arrive prepared for their modeling gigs. With this new role, we talk about why she has to put modeling on the side to grow the business, working with Shopify, modeling tips for those entering the industry, the difference between copying and being inspired and more.
Karen Okonkwo & Joshua Kissi recently launched TONL, a company that seeks to transform the idea of stock photography into something more innovative. Through this company, they plan to help diminish stereotypes, share the stories of every day people and prove that diversity matters.
Avi Soor stopped by the show to talk about how the blogging scene is now over saturated and why he’s choosing to focus more on consulting and entrepreneurship. As the co-founder of the Seattle Gents, he express his love for menswear and how collaborations with brands & companies have helped grow the fashion scene in Seattle.
Crystal Reed stopped by the show to give her feedback towards Donald Trump’s discriminative tweets against the LGBTQ community, the fashion scene in Seattle and how she fits blogging and designing into her busy schedule at The Washington Bus.