We had the good fortune of connecting with RobinOnTheMachine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RobinOnTheMachine, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my brand is always staying true to my art. I have a high level of integrity. I don’t believe in copying other kid fashion designers whatsoever, which is why most of my creations go viral. I think supporters recognize things like that. The uniqueness is what attracts the consumers. To be honest, I doubt my brand would have even reached the level of success that it has, if my work looked like other designers & I’m grateful for that. I’m 100% self taught but I don’t believe in taking the easy way out. I can’t be known as the designer that can’t come up with her own ideas in this fashion world. My goal is to be legendary.
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?
Lollipopcreations™️ is the brand. RobinOnTheMachine is the girl. I’m super excited about all of my new glamour pieces. Fans are really falling in love them as well. My art means the world to me. I truly put a lot of great energy, love & positivity into it. Lowkey, I feel like creating is truly the only thing I have left in life, I lost everything else. This journey was not easy. Before my little brother was murdered, I never touched a sewing machine or even thought about one. We were living the street life. That’s all we really thought the world was about. My job as his big sister was to always look after him. He was only 12 when he hit the block & I’m 7 years older than him, so I took care of him like he was my child. I never missed a court date or juvie visit. Him passing, gave me a new purpose though. I shed tears doing this because we were siblings but were best friends. The streets somehow made us closer. I know he would be very proud of me. My heart will forever ache for him but I figured out what to do with the pain. I turned tragedy into something beautiful. That’s what sets me apart from others, I don’t play the ‘victim role’. Humans have to figure out how to turn the pain into power, without destroying themselves or others. You can’t let it win. That’s the most important lesson learned on my journey.
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.
I’m still kinda new to Georgia from Chicago so I can’t really say yet.
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?
I would have to give a shout-out to a lot of musicians & their art. I didn’t have the best childhood or any good influences, so all I really had was music to turn to. When my dad got out of prison, he’d bring me over hip hop magazines so I could cut the images out & hang them on my wall. I still have pictures of me as a young girl standing in front of my fully decorated wall of people in the music industry. Including my favorite humans in the entire world.. Tupac & DMX. In a way, I think it was manifested because I eventually grew up to create outfits for the children of rap artists & NFL players. Music changed my life so of course I cried hearing the news of DMX’s passing. As of 2018 his music was still helping me out. I was in a dark place but the words in his song, actually made me not give up. I eventually moved to Georgia months later & started an incredible life for myself. He will always be in my heart.