In our Autumn segment for “Business & Entrepreneurs,” CViddy TV brings you behind the scenes and the story of one of South Florida’s leading urban fashion lines, 8&9 MFG CO.
Founder and CEO Ray Guilbault shared that the birth of 8&9 came from working in retail accompanied by the desire to service the urban consumer fashion needs. Guilbault expressed that the fruition of the urban fashion line was influenced by the street-life style. It has vibrantly taken on a culture of it’s own in South Florida and is now finding retail interest in cities including New York. The brand is geared to a culture of “go getters” and those who dauntlessly believe in themselves.
8&9 recently launched a 2017 Summer collection based off the Charles Stone III produced classic urban film, “Paid In Full”. The collection is designed with the characters of the film’s style and unique personalities in mind. The premise behind the designs were to capture the “hustler’s spirit” and to set distinctions among his consumers based off the unique styles of each character.
The latest designs of the line was a six month process that culminated into 8&9’s 2017 Fall “Still Living” collection. The notable designs of the season included jackets, tees, sweats and their best seller the Bereaved Polo shirt.
8&9 has always challenged themselves as retailers to be innovative and original. Each season’s collection follows with fresh ideas and styles that match the selection of the time. They are consistently working with other labels, designers, and retailers to keep their business on the cutting edge of industry changes and innovations. 8&9 also has an educational program “Change of Play” which teaches and mentors youth on the music business, fashion and entrepreneurship; setting a foundation for those to come and providing an avenue for those yearning to learn.
8&9 encapsulates everything a 21st century urban apparel line should; purpose, leaders of exceptional expertise and the ambition to transcend all difficulties that the lie ahead on the road of success.
Watch CViddy TV’s Interview with Ray Guilbault below.