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

Hi Joe, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?

There are endless lessons that you will learn when starting out on your own business. The biggest lesson that I had learned is to just believe in myself. To trust your own instinct and go with it as your are more capable that you give yourself credit for. Yes, there will be time when you make mistakes, but that’s okay. Those mistakes are there to teach you something. And if you can learn from it, instead of beating yourself up over it, then you will grown as a person and in turn your business will grow as well. It’s take a lot of determinations, perseverance and hard works to have a successful business. But if you don’t believe in yourself, then will never achieve the success that you wanted. Success come from with in, it’s how you feel about yourself and what you had achieved. Not from the external of wealth or accolades that you will get. If you feel successful, then you will be successful. It’s all start from you believing in yourself, I had learned that’s the key to success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

When starting my sustainable brand Earth4863 during the pandemic, it’s wasn’t an easy task. Not only were we in lockdown, but the whole country was in a shutdown. I wasn’t able to get the supplies that I needed from anywhere so I got creative and stared to do a huge haul through my peronal closet. Taking things that I haven’t use or wore in a long time and started to make something new from it, update it to suit today trends. That lead me down the road of up-cycling and creating a passion in me for sustainability. Do you know that American throw away about 80 pounds of used clothing every year? 85% of that end up in landfills or burned. That create a huge problem for our climate, polluting our planet. After working in the Fashion Industry for the past few decades, seeing how wasteful my industry is, I decided to try to make a different. By using my creativities, I was able to create innovated new styles from using disposed wastes. The process was trying, testing all the knowledge and abilities that I had learned from my past experiences, but it was also rewarding. Not only am I learning something new, I am also doing something good for our planet. Using my creativity to make a different. My goal is to not only have a sustainable brand that up-cycled wastes, but to also help to educate my consumers, whom I called Earth Warriors about sustainability so that we can all help to preserve this planet for future generations to enjoy.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

I would start our day out with a nice hike in Griffith Park, seeing the Hollywood sign. Then off to brunch at Lady Byrd Cafe in the Elysian Valley. Check out a few museums. My favorite is the Underground Museums in Mid-Wilshere or MOCA in DTLA. After that, we would continue on to Perch to have a few drinks and check out the view of DTLA. Then off to dinner at Manuela in the Art District. We would finish off the night with a few drinks at Genever in the Historic Filipinotown. This bar is a great hidden gem in LA that only the local know.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

A big shoutout to my family, who had always believe in me and encourage me to persuade my dream life. And my partner Gregg who had always believed in me.

Website: Earth4863.com

Instagram: Earth4863_brand

Facebook: @Earth4863Brand

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