I started an apparel brand called Check in the summer of 2010 with money I had saved from working odd jobs; finally getting the opportunity to pursue my dream of building a brand. I've had a keen interest in apparel, footwear, and brands respresentative of cultures since I was young. I wanted to build something of my own, for myself and others to represent. For five years the brand grew with me - as my interests and outlooks matured, so did my brand. I did everything from conceptualizing, designing, producing, selling, and marketing the product. It was an amazing chapter in my life, and the source of most of my professional knowledge today.