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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown, who is now the CEO of LVL XIII (pronounced “Level 13”) — a luxury footwear and apparel line. He went this direction after being laid off in his former accountant role at a luxury doll manufacturer, the Alexander Doll Company. He started the company by simply googling, “how to create a sneaker brand.

To date – his luxury brand signed a $1.5 million deal with Zhu Jiang, owner of Décor Apparel, which is the leading manufacturer of apparel and accessories in the world and also has current partnerships & clients such as SAKS Fifth Avenue,Nike, Target, Zara, Cole Haan, Converse, GAP, and many more. That deal also includes financial backing by international pop star and fashion icon, Jason Derulo (who has also made headlines as the brand’s ambassador).

On top of this, he is an ACTIVE philanthropist! We would love for you to highlight him and/or his brands in any stories that you are working on!

Currently, the apparel is sold nationally in both Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The brand is geared towards the affluent fashion male consumer between the age of 17-35 with an income in excess of $100K.

On top of having LVL XIII, Brown is also founding executive director of the nonprofit organization, Dream Of Humanity, Inc. In this role, Brown designs entrepreneurship programs that disrupt traditional business school models by providing hands-on entrepreneurial training and wraparound supports to young people from economically disadvantaged communities.

His Small Business Entrepreneurship Program, licensed by The Art Institutes, is now a required course in all of the nonprofit institution’s degree programs. Program resources will reach 30,000historically underrepresented students in 30 colleges nationwide in 2018-2019, cultivating thousands of small business owners with access to incubator program capital to fund their dreams.

Behind the Seams at Paul Stuart: Javier Suarez

If you aren’t familiar with Paul Stuart, it is a men’s and women’s clothing brand based in New York City that was founded by Ralph Ostrove in 1938.

Behind the brand’s success is its most helpful team, that in which includes Javier Suarez.

Suarez, who is the Creative Director for men’s shoes and belts, was first appointed to position last August. With him, he’s brought several decades of experience, along with genuine relationships with key manufacturers for the industry in Italy and England.

He started his career with Bally of Switzerland and then Cole Haan, that in which soon led to him spending the next 27 years launching and growing the men’s shoe business of Salvatore Ferragamo.

He brings a unique and rare sense of style to shoemaking, especially in the current retail climate where quantity is unfortunately valued over quality.

What’s different that he does is that unlike larger footwear companies that rely on factory machines, Javier prefers the artisanal families that turn his work dream into reality.

“The strength of Italian production is the wealth of craftsmanship, the people and families that have been doing this forever,” Javier says.

As an expert in shoe design and making, he brings his talent to a comprehensive narrative to Paul Stuart.

“It’s a wardrobe of shoes: we carry the Paul Stuart customer from his work day to his weekend, and on to special formal occasions. It’s a complete collection of footwear with the same characteristics and quality craftsmanship the brand is so well known for in our tailored clothing,” he continues.

His inspiration on the new collection to was the evolution of the iconic nature of the Paul Stuart Style where the standard style were renewed to fit today’s tastes in fashion.
“Shapes, materials, and designs are kept classic but updated to keep up with a modern contemporary sensitivity,” he adds.

Javier’s absolute favorite styles from the collection are The Monaco and The Bandaccio. The Monaco is a brogue wedge sole suede oxford that works perfectly for work and play with super comfort and sharp style. As for the Bandaccio, it is a double buckle zippered combat boot that is handcrafted and has a hand custom polished bravura with “combat” ready Goodyear construction.

Javier believes that the direction in today’s men wear surrounds the idea of innovation–less formality and street wear. “We offer a wardrobe of shoes from casual sneakers to formal wear, keeping a keen eye on a Paul Stuart style sensitivity…it’s again more about the expectation and needs of the consumer than trends for the sake of trends,” he shares.

When asked about the collection and how it ties in with the apparel collection at Paul Stuart, Javier states that the collection connects with everything they do in apparel.

“Paul Stuart’s as a destination for fine tailoring now offers a complete range of innovative elegant and unique dress styles in a coordinated color palette. Antiqued calf, textured grain leathers and sophisticated suede colors compliment the use of texture and color in tailored clothing and sportswear,” he says.

Since 1938, Paul Stuart has been the leading arbiter of taste and style for luxury menswear and womenswear here in the U.S. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the brand outstandingly continues to design and create an exclusive collection of men’s and women’s tailored clothing, sportswear, and accessories.