We had the good fortune of connecting with Mo Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mo, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Ideas have been flowing through my mind for as long as I can remember and I have taken action on so many fun projects in my past. The idea for my business Grits (Get Random Ideas Together Stupid!) lies within the name. I’ve always pushed for everyone around me to be happy and win and the main starting point with moving forward is to simply get random ideas together from your mind or from what is surrounding you. As a Graphic Design graduate, I immediately fell in love with creating new and relatable designs that go left field but still make you interested. I was able to merge my love for designing with the streetwear culture that I have been a part of since grade school. My main goal through this business is yes to showcase my own designs, but then to eventually sponsor other artist of all different genres of art to get their creations out there to the world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My life in the world of art all really started when I was writing songs at the age of 16. I would never even do anything with these songs but I really enjoyed writing them. Years later when I turned 19, I recorded my first song ever through a laptop speaker with some friends. I wish I had known right there in that moment how serious I was about to really start taking art as a whole. From age 19 to 27 I had produced 6 albums, learned photography, learned graphic design, and had surrounded myself with so many different talented artist globally who I was able to learn a lot from. This all brought me to my path of wanting to start my clothing company Grits.
I feel as if the mixing of my music background along with my own real world experiences is what would help me set myself apart from other brands. I preach this a lot but I feel like truly being you will set anyone a part from everyone else which is a very good thing.
My most proud moment with Grits up to date had to of been the first day that I launched the brand in 2020. You only get to live that high one time of starting a new journey and so I made sure to really live in that moment as it arrived.
Getting to where I am today professionally has not been the easiest path but I can say that it has been an enjoyable path. Doing what you truly love in this short sweet life helps you fulfill your purpose and that alone is a win in itself. To be successful you will always have to put in the overtime work but staying up until 3AM designing feels a lot better than working in another field that my soul doesn’t sit easy with. My advise to anyone hitting road blocks/creative blocks is to just force yourself to keep going. You have to create something or anything and I promise you will work yourself right through that blockage a lot faster than sitting and waiting for your mojo to come back to you on its own.
I really just want the world to know that Grits is family. Girts is home. We don’t see ourselves above anyone one person in this world and we are here to inspire everyone to do great. We are here to inspire everyone to believe that they can do it whatever that it will be to them.
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?
First stop, we are headed to Mr. Sushi. Hands down my favorite all you can eat sushi spot. Second stop, we are then going to El Coyote for not my favorite Mexican food but to get that classic feel and tradition that comes along with this restaurant. We would see the views of LA from the top of the Wisdom Tree hiking trail. A must is always stopping by Amoeba to just get that all out music experience. Sunken City would blow anyone away as well as its neighbor the Korean Bell of Friendship park. Both ocean views are unexplainable but well worth it. There are always really cool pop up art shows happening around LA that I feel like are slept on by a lot of the locals here. The night scene has been spent for me at the Black Bar, EightyTwo, Bunker Hill, and the nerd in me loves to go to Dave & Buster’s. There are endless places to visit in Los Angeles especially if you’re willing to drive a couple hours outside of the city as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been watching my amazing mom grind non-stop from the day I was born and when you’re surrounded by a work ethic like hers, you have no choice but to be inspired. She has shown me not only work ethic but with her field being in education, I have been able to learn so much from her just through natural conversations. I got a lot of confidence from her and that allowed me to believe in myself and my own ideas without having to try to create ideas that look like other successful brands.
In the art world, I have been a huge fan of Kanye West from the beginning of his career. He has shown me over the years how to really push to be great in a way that allows you to be nothing but yourself. His ear for sounds that work globally and his pace for thinking what’s going to inspire years from now is something that I have placed into my own tool belt.
Pharrell Williams is the reason why I wanted to start a streetwear brand to begin with. 15 years ago, I bought my first Ice Cream T-Shirt and felt right at home with the style of his designs he was creating under his brands Ice Cream & Billionaires Boys Club. Then when he put together the Ice Cream skate team, my eyes opened up to doing business down multiple avenues all under the same umbrella of your own company. That was a life changing moment for me as a high school kid who was so eager to learn more about this world.
Music & getting out into nature as a whole also deserve so much credit for the inspiration I use when creating.
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