We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The new Menswear brand, XIVI, first came together at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. As a young designer my dreams have always been to design Menswear, start my own brand and own my own business. Until COVID-19 happened, I was an assistant designer at Vince with the lack of time outside of work; starting my own brand just wasn’t possible yet. Sheltering in place gave me the time I needed to start my new journey. I took this time as something you are not given in life and can be extremely rare. With the lack of work and extended periods of free time I was able to create XIVI, design my first mini collection and so much more behind the scenes work. This is how I came about starting my own company, XIVI.
“No one is going to hand me success. I must go out and get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.” – Lewis Howes.
Due to the state of the economy and the mindset of people today, comfort is a key factor to how people are dressing for their new daily lifestyle. XIVI is giving guys the option to still look nice while lounging at home, during a zoom meeting and other social situations that may arise. COVID-19 changed the way people dress, interact and live every day. We plan to adapt to a new world of clothing with today’s comfort in mind.
“I really hope that we won’t see anyone left behind because of Covid-19. I do think times of hardship can generate amazing bursts of creativity.” – Damien Paul (Head of menswear at Matches Fashion).
It is a goal to be locally created from start to finish. This includes everything from design to production and where the fabric is made. Along with where XIVI is created, they have plans and partners to help focus on sustainability and do their part in cleaning up the fashion industry. The whole first collection uses fabric made out of the leaves of eucalyptus, creating an extremely soft fabric. To learn more about the company’s Sustainability Program and fabrics used, click the following link https://xi-vi.com/sustainability-program/. In addition to sustainability, XIVI plans to help close the full circle by recycling your used clothes. They set up an easy to follow, step by step guide to sending your clothes back to the company where they will then be sent to programs like Good360 and Career Gear to help young men in need of clothes. In addition XIVI offers customers an incentive where you can receive anywhere from $5-$50 toward new product(s) determined by the amount of product(s) sent and the quality of them. To learn more about the company’s Recycling Program, click the following link https://xi-vi.com/recycling-program/. Another way XIVI is sustainable, is by partnering with Noissue for the company’s packaging and gift wrapping. This includes the mailers, tissue paper, stickers, thank you cards and so much more to come. All of the products made with Noissue are 100% recyclable and compostable. A big benefit of partnering with Noissue is that for every order purchased, one tree will be planted.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
NEW MENSWEAR BRAND LAUNCHED: On November 6th, 2020. This collection is a small group of LIMITED EDITION pieces. Each style will sell a limited number of pieces, ranging from 20-30 pieces per color and size. Shop this limited, luxury loungewear collection while it’s hot!
To kick off the company’s launch, everything is set to sell at pre-sale and will begin shipments on 11/30. XIVI offers the softest product line including t-shirts, sweat suits and bandanas. You won’t want to miss this pre-sale!
Following the launch the company is already set up to drop a second line in March of more LIMITED EDITION styles that are spring facing but also pair well with the previous collection. XIVI’s mission is to give Menswear the comfort it deserves.
Up your comfort level and shop XIVI now at www.XI-VI.com.
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?
There are so many great places and things to do in Los Angeles. Some of my favorites include hiking in the Hollywood Hills, going to the dog beach in Newport and hanging out at Pan Pacific Park. I always have a fun time working out at CruBox. My favorite restaurants to grab something to eat at are Taste on Melrose, Gracias Madre and Catch LA. And you cant forget about grabbing a rooftop drink at EP/LP.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to everyone that helped me through the journey of starting this new brand. It truly would not have been possible without all of you. Id like to start off by thanking my family and friends for always supporting and believing in me. My parents especially for being a huge support system, always answering questions and really being apart of the XIVI team. A big thank you to my website consultant and long time buddy, Rob Lewis with Local Value LLC, an amazing website building company. Thank you to my production team for getting this brand up and on our feet. And lastly, a big shoutout to everyone who helped out with the photoshoot; the photographer Kaelan Barowsky, the models Andrew Frankel, Ben Butler, Clay Rule, and Ricky Frankel and the location provided by Joe Reegan.
-Photographer: Kaelan Barowsky, Taylor Rose -Models: Andrew Frankel, Ben Butler, Clay Rule, and Ricky Frankel