I was first introduced to Yussuf Manzi at a local hip-hop show years back. After seeing his clothing line High Class Society, I wanted to support his brand and bought a t-shirt a few weeks after in a Burger King parking lot. If that doesn’t show you hustle, I don't know what will. Years down the line Yussuf hasn’t stopped working towards his craft and what I think has allowed him to stand out is his outlook on life. Nothing but positive energy from him and you can genuinely hear it in his voice throughout the entire podcast. Even after moving to New York City for college and being exposed to tons of people in the industry he still keeps that Springfield Massachusetts heart inside him and stays humble about the future. Tons of good knowledge is talked about through this episode and it will inspire you to roll the dice on any ideas you have. We only have one life to live, why not give it your all and go big. Episode 5, Yussuf Manzi.
Who is Yussuf Manzi today?
Making music led to creation of his first clothing brand
High Class Society (Started 2011)
Introduced & inspired by Canadian designer Phillipe Dubuc
The guidance of knowledge
Reading and learning allows people to be patient to get to where they want to be
Knowing yourself and who to be around to benefit yourself
Learning to build a work/life balance
Understanding what brings you happiness
Power of social media (Our playground)
Instagram, Squarespace, podcasting —> Platforms that allow for individuals at a young age to build a company
Allows for people to be themselves
Trend vs Style (the power of clothing)
Fashion always changes but style always stays the same
Moved to NY 2012 —> Berkeley College (Fashion Marketing & Management)
Frendy & Yussuf developed relationship & worked on fashion together
The importance of recognizing opportunities and running with them
Pharrell —> has more layers to him (producer, fashion designer, personality)
Something you can’t live without?
Being around family —> it reestablishes who you are
Living in the present moment & not getting caught up in the future
The struggle of this living in New York City
Ask me a question
What do you hope to get out of the podcast?
The reason we have 2 ears 1 mouth
Listen to what's happening around you
Find Yussuf on social media
One piece of advice to someone on the pursuit of finding their purpose
Always remain a student and continue to learn
- Take the time to reflect & don’t compare yourself