We had the good fortune of connecting with Ki Shuntiel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ki, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Initially, my passion for fashion started in high school. Looking back, I recall dedicating countless days working on items like distressed jeans, jackets, bleached shirts, and adding art and rhinestones to converse tennis shoes for friends and family. I began reconstructing clothing to express myself creatively. I hadn’t given the idea of selling the clothing that I’d created until one of my clients expressed how impressed she was with my work and suggested that I sell like items for profit. From that moment I started tie dyeing biker shorts and t-shirts and designing Color Stains Sets.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
THREE THIRTY-THREE differs from other brands in many ways. Taking blank articles of clothing and accessories, I create 1 of a kind, hand dyed, tie dye items for people of all of age groups and walks of life. I am most excited about launching the Color Stains Ice Dye kits. The new Color Stains kits contains: an instruction card, three mystery fiber reactive dyes, dyeables, and the supplies needed to prepare items for dye. Embarking on this small business journey has been an exceptional experience and one that I’ll always be thankful for. Being a creative, I’ve learned that it is important to put your ideas out there and trust the process. It won’t be easy and won’t happen overnight, but getting started is such a relief. In the end the hard work will pay off.
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 friend and I absolutely love food dates, car therapy, and music. Therefore, if my best friend were to visit, we’d start the day off at the Waffle on Sunset, and then head to Leimert Park to stop at Sika’s store and to shop around at the other shops as well. We’d spend at least 2 hours looking on instagram at hot new places to eat. We haven’t tried Fat Sals, so that would be the food stop for us. In short, we’d make our way to Venice Beach and enjoy some entertainment and of course more food. EP&LP and the Dime are two other places that we’d love to visit and catch some good vibes. 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?
There are several individuals that I would like to dedicate this shoutout to. The first being, my core group of girls that I call my big sisters. They are some of the most influential and motivating women that I have ever encountered. On days when I feel like this business is getting the best of me, they always provide words of encouragement that give me that extra push. Secondly, I would like to acknowledge this special person, because without her input I would be stumped, literally. Danika, I am truly grateful for your contributions and ceaseless support. Last but not least and most importantly, my mother deserves more than a shoutout. Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader. This business can be extremely overwhelming and you don’t let too many days pass without acknowledging my efforts.
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