NAME: DONOVAN MOSLEY
BIRTHPLACE: AKRON, OH
Q: How has your upbringing influenced your style?
A: I learned how to be creative with a limited amount of resources.
Q: What do you love about fashion?
A: The fact that you can make your own identity in fashion!
Q: How long have you been into vintage clothing?
A: About 5 years.
Q: When did you decide to start up your own business?
A: 3 years ago when I decided to stop working a 9-5!
Q: Explain how you choose the kind of merchandise TopHeat sells.
A: Everything is hand picked. I source from every possible place from retail to thrift stores and even out of our own closets.
Q: Who are your biggest style inspirations?
A: No one and everyone in the same breath; I pick from everyone’s style and implement it into my own!
Q: What are some of your favorite brands to shop for?
A: Nike, Supreme, and Bape.
Q: Do you ever find thrifting to be difficult in Akron?
A: Yes, there’s not enough quality in this city, so I’m always leaving town to go shopping.
Q: What are some of your goals for TopHeat?
A: My long term goals are opening up chains of store fronts nationwide and becoming a stylist and cultural influencer. My short term goal is to open up a storefront in my hometown!
Q: What kind of trials have you faced as a young entrepreneur?
A: Time management, money management, balancing real life and business, and staying focused on my goals!
Q: How do you balance being a father and a businessman?
A: It’s very hard to do ,but it’s only obtainable if it’s your life’s passion.
Q: Do you feel as if you encounter a lot of competition in your field?
A: Yes and no. I only have online competition, because there are tons of resellers worldwide. I say no, though, because there aren’t any real resellers here in the city!
Q: What sets TopHeat apart from other brands that offer vintage clothing?
A: We have a different approach to this, being that I’m from the hood and we genuinely love the customers and products we are selling!