We had the good fortune of connecting with Prince Bugzey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Prince, what matters most to you?
The principle that matters the most to me is pride. Pride matters the most to me because as an artist or fashion designer you must have pride in your work. When I was in middle school and high school I did not have much pride at all. Did not have pride in who I was as an individual or even in the talents that God gave me. Once I got accepted into college and went through the first three years of college I realized many people did not have pride at all. I realized how people would abandon their principles to be accepted in society. That was something that I could not accept in my personal life and decided that I would have pride in my art and in myself. Once I started living through my pride I noticed how much happier I was and how it inspired so many people to have pride within themselves.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When people ask what separates my art from other people I think it’s a simple answer: my art is a representation of myself. As cliche as that sounds, it is truly how I design my clothes. With the flagship logo being the infamous Bugzey logo, which is the rabbit with earrings and a gold chain I do not think it gets much more streetwear than that. I have found inspiration in Japanese streetwear and Japanese lifestyle, which influences my art as well. Frankly, I am very excited for my fifth collection which will be releasing over the summer. This collection has been carefully planned with multiple looks for the summer for both women and men. It will 100% be a Bugzey Collective summer.
Getting into this style of art was not an easy path. The destination was difficult due to previously designing clothes that was only profit driven, not creatively driven. At first, I was designing clothes hoping to make a quick dollar instead of designing clothes that I truly loved. Once I learned/figured out this is not about money but impacting my community and influencing others, the designs became much more creative base. One of the many lessons I learned is that everyone is not going to understand my art or the vision that I have. Many people do not see where my brand is going or how it will survive with many of these well established brands. That is fine, everything isn’t meant to be explained they will just have to sit and watch the show go on.
I want the world to know this simple phrase: “Only a failure abandons his principles and pride”. Not only do I want to create art that gives other a sense of pride or confidence but I want those who are inspired to follow out their dreams. It makes me sad when I hear 15-22 year olds give up on their dreams because of what society says or even their close friends say. I will show the world that as long as you stick to your principles and pride you will be stronger than everyone else who abandoned their pride. My story is not the main focus, it’s about the younger generation becoming a better version of themselves and taking over the world with their creativity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my best friend to Buckhead. While the traffic would be horrible getting up there it would be worth it due to the upper echelon restaurants and surrounding areas. I would take them to Lenox Mall because that is one of the experiences when coming to Atlanta. Throughout the week we would go to many of the black-owned restaurants and business showing love. If there is an athletic event going on whether football or baseball we would watch while at a sports bar. I find many of the non-traditional actives to be quite fun. I think re-living some childhood experiences for nostalgic purposes would be great. I know that I would take my best friend to Top Golf, the Porsche factory, and the Mercedes-Benz stadium.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A person who is worthy of a shoutout is Chi Ilochi. Chi is one of the first people who I told about my ambitions of being a designer. She never questioned my abilities or even my vision and always supported whatever ideas I had. Through the ups and downs of this journey she has always been a fantastic & wise mentor to me. Whenever I needed advice, a person to vent to, or a friend she was always there. I have learned many aspects to the business due to observing Chi and her own business. I believe Chi will be extremely successful in her styling and wish her nothing but success. Thank you Chi for everything and most importantly being a great friend.
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