College Student Inspires Others With His Clothing Line

College Student Inspires Others With His Clothing Line

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Rashaad Holley is not your typical college student. While most students are studying for upcoming exams, Rashaad is creating dope clothing. Rashaad's clothing line Vingt-Cinq, has been featured in numerous fashion shows. Recently he was featured in Buffalo State's Runway 10th annual fashion show, and won "Best of Show" and "Best Student Collection". Rashaad is the definition of a boss and he shows it through his work.

What inspired you to create your line Vingt-Cinq?

My designs are inspired by urban culture, and my own love for clothing. Being very new to designing, I have the luxury of making garments that I like personally. Vingt-Cinq means 25 in French. I remembered the Kanye West lyric "I wasn't supposed to make it past 25, guess what, I'm still alive" while in class one day, and that number just stuck with me. When I finally began to develop my brand, I think I wanted to utilize a name that could be motivational for people like me. Sort of like an underlying meaning that people could be proud of. So instead of the age of 25 being a cut off age for us, or an expiration date, I wanted us to look at it in a different light, like the lyric. I got out of street wear in early fall of 2015, after a disagreement about business. In the relationship I was the business guy, and one of my old partners really tried to throw that in my face like I was unable to create. So I started to create..

What sets your clothing line apart from others?

I think my message is a rare one. I want to perpetuate positivity and love through my clothes. I think I've become better at designing, but my message is one that I've had since the beginning, and I pray that never changes. I really want people to have a personal connection if I ever have the honor of putting them in one of my garments. That's not something that's easy since I'm not using kente or a flag's colors. But that's the type of connection I chase. And I do that with my faith, my positive attitude, my passion, and the energy I put into the world.

How do you create your clothes?

So many different ways. I've been developing certain designs since I started. I kind of just keep revamping, improving, and building. Now I have access to trend reports also so I'm attempting to get used to using those as well. I took a real liking to fashion illustration last semester studying under Professor Alexandra Eagen. She has been such a contributor to my growth, I honestly don't know where I would be without her. Hopefully I can get nice at computer aided design soon, I'm trying. Just want to be the total package!

How is it for you juggling a clothing line and school?

It's pretty difficult. I actually quit my job a couple weeks ago. It was something long overdue because I was hurting creatively. But god opened a door for me to not only be in Runway, but also with a position on campus where I could grow along side my classmates. I think school contributes so much to my dreams that I don't look at it as a burden, I love being here. My designing is just something I'm able to do because of that now. I'm like a professional student for the time being. Much like I was doing in business school. I'm able to utilize what I do in the classroom in real life. As I grow scholastically, I grow with my venture. It's cool.

What is a goal of yours for your clothing line?

I just want to continue to grow and work hard. I learned so much about the industry this semester and was amazed at the potential that is there for me and my classmates. I can see myself doing so much that I don't want to potentially limit myself. As I continue to learn more, I have faith that everything will fall into place for me. Professor Habes told us the first day of class that we have to work hard, and that's all I want to do.

Did you have anyone help or support you throughout your journey with your clothing line?

Plenty! I actually give all praises to everyone who has played a role in my growth. I thank god for them every day. I have a strong core of friends. Being so busy I don't get to talk to them like I used to, but since they're my real friends I know that they're always there. They don't make it to every show, they don't buy everything, but I love them. They were here before it all, and they'll always be. Also, all of the models I use, they're amazing. They stick around and I love them. I don't think I've ever worked with a model I can't call right now. They become friends too. They're such an inspiration to me.

What is your advice for students who want to create their own business while in school?

Take it seriously! The resources and help are all around you. Don't half step with anything, because it could pay off for you. Preparation is the biggest step too. That's something a lot of us don;t understand. You have to prepare yourself well. Spend the most time preparing, don't let the anxiousness nights get to you. Prepare!

You can find his clothing designs on his Instagram @vingtcinqrashaad and his website. http://VingtCinqRashaad.com

Cover Image Credit: Instagram @rashaadh

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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


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5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


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10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


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13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

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Everyone knows the common phrase that America is a melting pot, well recently there has been a shift in trend and people are replacing the world melting pot with salad bowl or mosaic. I have decided to look at this on a smaller scale: a college campus. Colleges in my opinion are not a salad bowl, but in fact are a melting pot.

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Picture a melting pot. You add the white chocolate and you add the dark chocolate, what do you get? You get a mixture of the two things coming together to become one. Now think of a salad bowl. You have the tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and everything else. Sure a campus is a mix of people all with their own personalities and styles coming together but think about your campus for a minute. There are the sports players, the artists, the busy students, and the rest. Now look deeper, all the sports players are wearing their shirts and carrying their backpacks both marked with their team. Then you have everyone else. For the majority everyone is wearing clothes along the same style line. While everyone may have their own flair there is still a general standard. We all look the same, talk the same and dress the same. Conformity. Schools are many many people coming together with the vast majority all conforming to the accepted norm.

I think back to my first year at school and how all my friends call me a redneck. I love wearing my flannels and my cameo, but unless I tie up my flannel then chances are I'm not wearing it around campus. (Thankfully they are coming into style though) The majority of girls at my school you will mostly see leggings with a slightly baggy sweater or sweatshirt. While I would love to go to class in my sweatpants and a cozy shirt, that's just not the culture here and we all know the looks girls would give. Without even realizing it girls all dress like one another and reinforce an unspoken sense of conformity. Focusing on guys now you really only see two or three looks. It's either the full sports team ensemble, joggers or khaki colored pants. Although there is nothing wrong with this, it just shows how we expect everyone to accept the way things are here and just go along with it because it's those who go against the norms that are judged.

There is nothing wrong with being a melting pot, I mean let's be honest who wouldn't pick chocolate fondue over a salad, but in some cases maybe a salad is better. Taste each bite for what it is with each individual flavor coming together to form a delectable bite.

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