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Exclusive Interview: Don Bleek Talks To Forever Fly Founder Drew

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New York Fashion Week is just about over! I attended various pop-up events and fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week including the JoyRich Pop-Up Shop, where I interviewed the brand’s Creative Director David Melgar, the KidsRock! show and the FrontRow Spring 2014 presentation. Tonight, I attend my final show, Martin de Tours‘ first ever presentation during NYFW. Even though, the last week and a half was very hectic for me, I still found time to interview Forever Fly’s founder Drew. I like supporting independent designers! If you don’t know about Forever Fly, if you haven’t been reading the posts on YDBR, the leather joggers and python tee-shirts is a favorite of Fabolous, Bow Wow, DJ Clue and Sebastian Mikael. Drew got his start in the fashion industry at Rich Yung, a brand started by Fabolous, Cheo and Kevin Webb. Read the interview below:

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$200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt

Why did you choose Forever Fly as the name of your clothing line?

I looked at inspirations such as James Dean, River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain and these legends passed at such young ages but yet they remain forever fly despite their absence. I feel that a fashion brand should be just as timeless, and just as memorable.

When did Forever Fly officially launched?

Forever Fly launched December 2010

After the launched of Forever Fly, how long did it take in order for it to take off?

It took off immediately with the support of amazing friends and an amazing line that myself and my designers collaborated on.

How do you come up with the different leather and python designs?

I was inspired by the textures and different patterns I came across while exploring ways to innovate with the brand. The feel and the wear of each leather chosen is an ode to a casual lifestyle for the professional guy.

What inspired you to do a primary leather clothing line; what’s the inspiration behind the line?

Leather to me is a sign of luxury and so I took cue from that because Forever Fly is becoming more and more a luxury focused brand. With each season we are growing into a stronger more mature market and so I wanted that reflected with this season, and with the next.

When you first launched Forever Fly, did you have any investors to help you out or did you just work and saved your money?

When Forever Fly first launched it was all organic. We worked out of passion and out of creating from our dreams.

What are some of the things that you learned so far as an independent fashion designer?

So far I’ve learned that branding is one of the most important things to focus on. Your brand stays with you forever and how you project it to the world is exactly how they’ll look at you 10 years from now, 20 years from now. I also learned that sometimes your audiences don’t know what they want yet, you have to show them what they want, so it’s up to you to innovate and creating an amazing line.

Photos Credits: Forever Fly

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Sebastian Mikael Rocks A $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt & $627 Givenchy Star Studded Leather High Top Sneakers

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Rising R&B singer Sebastian Mikael was spotted rocking a $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt which is the same exact shirt that rapper Fabolous wore here. This black faux leather zipped raglan tee-shirt features python skin texture embossed throughout, gold zippers on the top shoulders, side zipper gussets, double F logo embossed on the chest and tonal leather stitching. Visit the brand’s online shop to purchase this shirt and other products. Mikael completed his outfit by adding a pair of black pants and $627 Givenchy Star Studded Leather High Top sneakers. These red and white textured leather hi-top Givenchy sneakers feature a round toe with perforated detailing, lace-up fastening, a Velcro fastening ankle strap with gold-tone star studs, ribbed detailing to the heel and a thick sole. Purchase them at FarFetch!

The 24-year-old was born in Sweden to a Swedish father and Ethiopian mother. In 2008, Mikael moved to California, where he enrolled in California’s Musicians Institute to study audio engineering. In 2010, he relocated to Boston to continue studying at Berklee College of Music. While still a student at Berklee, Mikael released his debut mixtape, J’Adore. His breakthrough video single “Beautiful Life” which is featured on the mixtape caught the attention of music executive Sylvia Rhone, who swiftly signed him to her new joint venture label with Epic Records in the spring of 2012. He is currently in the studio with Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Benny Blanco, Salaam Remi, Mike Posner and others. Check out his newest video “Last night” Ft. Wale on YouTube. His Speechless EP is dropping this Fall 2013.

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Photos Credits:  Forever Fly | Sebastian Mikael’s Twitter

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Fabolous Rocks A $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt & $400 Forever Fly Leather Joggers

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Fabolous showed his love for fashion brand Forever Fly by rocking a python top and leather joggers from the brand. In the pic below, Loso rocked a $200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt at Stage 48 in NYC. This black faux leather zipped raglan tee-shirt features python skin texture embossed throughout, gold zippers on the top shoulders, side zipper gussets, double F logo embossed on the chest and tonal leather stitching.

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In the pic above, Loso opted for a black tee-shirt paired with $400 Forever Fly Leather Joggers. The genuine black lamb skin leather jogging style trousers features an elasticated waist with drawstring ties with gold tips, side zippered pockets and banded zipper ankles. FF logo is engraved on the side left pocket.

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Photos Credit: Instagram | Forever Fly

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