Reported by Imani Wj Wright
"Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes." — Diana Vreeland
For our purposes today, Vreeland’s above quote goes even further than the fashion world. Usually, anything that takes on artistic freedom is malleable in some capacity. That’s the beauty of art, whether it’s a song, movie, or minuscule wardrobe variation- there will almost always be people with varying opinions and perceptions of the matter. And with that being said, there also aren’t any restrictions on the creatives responsible for providing the art some of grow to love.
So, when I see people like Eli Reed in the fashion sphere, NFT, and philanthropy worlds, it’s obvious he looks to expand his resources and abilities through many facets. Reed is the founder of Anime Streetwear brand, NobleXin, and has been producing high quality apparel for his fast growing audience. In a short span of time, Reed’s Instagram traction had a major spike. Well, “spike” may be a bit of an understatement. NobleXin’s Instagram currently sits at a highly respectable 20,000+ followers, and counting. There aren’t any gimmicks or cheap publicity stunts shown on the page, and that speaks volumes. Those that follow are legitimately invested into the product at hand, and Reed gives them good reason to be. Aside from the beautiful Anime graphics used, there are several aspects of Reed’s pieces that are alluring to his current and potential audience.
The coruscating colors, intricately woven designs, and comfortable fabric that are found from seemingly every vesture are resounding qualities. His Bleach and Naruto drops are prime examples of the aforementioned, and his upcoming Kurapika restock is soon to have the fashion landscape on its heels once again.
“Many entrepreneurs are fully aware of the risks in launching a business, but they believe their idea is important enough that it’s worth trying anyway,” said Travis Howell, PhD, an assistant professor of strategy at the University of California, Irvine’s business school. “Even if there is a minimal chance of success, they won’t be happy doing anything else.”
Reed’s work ethic and vision are both evidently in the forefront of his journey. It’s a testament to authentic steadfastness and belief in his craft. Reed isn’t wishing on a star by any means, and he’s proven time after time why he is one of the best creators/curators in the game. But- Reed’s greatness isn’t solely based on his skills. It’s also ingrained in his morals and spirit. If anyone would know, Reed understands from first hand experience that being successful takes more than talent and grit. Quite simply put- proper capital can take a business from ground level to higher ground. So, with that in consideration, Reed is taking on a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) project where earnings will be allocated to Mangaks. Mangakas are people who create Manga, a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children. Reed plans to purchase Manga volumes from Mngakas who may be a bit minimal in sales, invest in smaller grassroots artists/companies, host raffles to give away purchased manga volumes, and help bridge US clothing vendors with Japanese licensing companies to get character rights to sell their products.
Reed’s artistic direction, coupled with his clear-cut goals make a highly anticipated future for NobleXin.
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