We had the good fortune of connecting with Ari Jogiel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ari, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started to receive a lot of interest from brands across the States to help them with consulting, development, and manufacturing and saw that I could help them and many more, so decided to start a new company that specialized in this.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am an immigrant and entrepreneur. Moved out to the States with my family when I was younger to get a better education and for a better life. I went to college out here and always knew I wanted to own my own business. After graduation, I started working in corporate America, until one day I decided to leave the job and chase my dreams. I started designing hats and jackets and selling them wherever I could. I had no idea what I was doing but I was determined to succeed and do whatever it would take. I moved to LA from San Diego and discovered a whole world of manufacturing and textiles. I wanted to be in the middle of everything so I moved Downtown and learned the ins and outs of the industry. Fast forward 5 years – I opened a development and manufacturing company and now own a 3,500 sq ft facility in the heart of DTLA. We work with over 100 brands across the States and are quickly growing and expanding.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start of by going to Madre for some of the best Mexican food in town. Then hit up Venice to walk by the beach and people watch. We would then go to Elephante to see the sunset and have dinner and finally make a reservation at Nobu Malibu for some of the best sushi and views in town. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would say my friends. Without them I wouldn’t be able to overcome a lot of the obstacles our company faces on the day to day as our company continues to grow.