We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaketa Humphrey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaketa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was to simply honor my brother, Marquis who passed away in 2009. However, once I started it became clear to me that the purpose was to inspire myself and others to LEAVE YOUR MARQ in this lifetime. Often times we don’t start because we want things to be perfect, but I have come to the realization that it doesn’t have to be perfect, just start and trust the process. I know that God & my brother have guided me to this point where divine timing meets manifestation & manifestation meets actualization…because a dream means nothing if you don’t act on it. I hope that I can encourage others to follow whatever keeps tugging at you…share your gifts with the world because you cannot take them with you. LEAVE YOUR MARQ in this lifetime!
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.
What sets me apart from others is that I have no problem being my true, authentic self. One of my daily affirmations is: “I make a living by being my authentic self.” I do feel that in today’s society, it is so easy to get lost and you may find yourself hoping for things you truly don’t even desire because you see that’s what everyone else is doing. I always want to remain true to myself.
I am most excited about finally starting my business, and I’m eager to watch it grow into all that I envision it to be.
I got to where I am today by taking risks and honoring the desires of my heart. I truly believe in the cycles of life and beginning and ending things when necessary for progress. It has not been easy at all. Before making the realization about the cycles of life, I often would stay in places that no longer served me instead of going after my dreams because of fear of failure, fear of not making enough money, and the list goes on. But once you take the first step with intention, God will handle the rest.
What I would like the world to know about my brand and story is that I started with a dream that I wrote down and because I chose to believe in myself, it is now my reality. MARQ Clothing is a brand with a meaning and a purpose far bigger than me, and I’m just getting started.
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.
My best friends come visit me often and each time we might do something different, but my number one thing to do is to take them hiking at Runyon Canyon to get the blood flowing. Of course we are linking with my friends here in LA and having brunch at whatever place provides the best vibe in that moment. I love eating at Bossanova, Catch, Mama’s Shelter, etc. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I, of course would like to dedicate my shoutout to my brother, Marquis and God for giving me the vision and the strength to carry it out.
My parents for always being supportive even when they don’t fully understand. My sister and brother for always being there for me, as well as my friends…I am not self-made. I am only as good as the people around me, and I thank God for my tribe.
Instagram: @ketas.world & @marqclothing
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