We had the good fortune of connecting with Grasan Kingsberry and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Grasan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I immediately jumped into a professional career as a performer when I graduated from college. Gratefully and God-willingly, I was fortunate to work quite steadily for the years that followed. Soon after I moved to Los Angeles after spending nearly my entire adult life in New York City, work showed up very differently and infrequently, and I realized I could not wait for opportunities. As funds were getting low, I figured I needed to be resourceful and find ways to create opportunities of work for myself. So the idea behind starting our own business was to create/build the dream for ourselves, our way. Thankfully, we had some amazing humans who believed in our vision and helped us create our dream, which was to create an independent gender-neutral streetwear brand. While creating something of your own is important, it is also important to have a (select) group of people who can help assist you along the way, and hold you accountable for what you say you are going to do!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our brand {subject to change} is a small business created, owned, and run by black, gay, and women creatives. {subject to change} is a modern clothing brand that provides one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces made in the heart of Los Angeles, California, quite literally in our backyard. The unique thing about our brand is that we want to recognize the universality and interconnectedness of our world, through fashion. So we design street-wear trends, paired with classic designs that are gender-neutral and range in sizes from XS to XXL. We stand with and within our various communities and strive to make meaningful, bold, and powerful stance on visibility, inclusivity, and celebrating our individuality. The members of our team were not completely fulfilled with traditional (status quo) successes, so we decided to blaze our own trail. We want to be your go-to brand that keeps you lookin’ and feelin’ good while you blaze yours!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
So since we’ve been quarantined for nearly 4 months, going out isn’t what it used to be! When we’ve exhausted ourselves from Netflix, Zoom chats, and forums, the news, and just need a break, we’ve resorted to getting in our car and driving around town! And when friends are in town, they’re usually coming from the East coast, and they so desperately want the quintessential Cali weather on their visit! So anything outdoors is the key! Al freso dining anywhere in LA is so lovely! Love The Conservatory in West Hollywood, Kitchen 24 (for people watching), Ippudo Ramen, Terru Sushi (Studio City), Greenhouse Juice Bar (Sherman Oaks). Road tripping, we love!!! Which gives us the freedom to roam, but safely in our automotive bubble. We rented a jeep and took a long weekend road trip to Utah while driving through Las Vegas! Drives along the PCH on a weekend day, listening to a 90’s R&B playlist is enjoyable! Having a picnic or impromptu photo shoot at El Matador Beach is a favorite of ours! LA has many parks, and sometimes tucked away in neighborhoods, so we like to meet up with friends and have social distancing moments in the parks. I’ve become somewhat of a “walker” not a hiker, and enjoy the array of trails and paths LA has to offer as well. Sunday strolls down Melrose Trading Post Fair, or Melrose Ave gives us some LA fashion vibe inspiration.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The road to my success is certainly not without the immense help and support of my family-family, my chosen family, and fiancé, Kyle. Not only is he the love of my life, but he is my true partner in every sense of the word. Additionally, our friend/business partner Brooke Mangum and her husband have been instrumental in the launching of our brand, and were the ones who actually encouraged us to turn our ideas, points of view, creativity, and designs into something we could monetize and share with the world.

Website: www.s2cshop.com ; www.grasankingsberry.com
Instagram: @subjecttochangeshop ; @gray_sandy
Twitter: @Grasank
Facebook: Subject to change – clothing brand

Image Credits
Blake Eiermann

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