Check out our interview with Latosha Stone of Proper Gnar one of the vendors appearing at Second Sunday on Main in August!
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Latosha Stone is the owner of Proper Gnar, a clothing line inspired by 80s and 90s pop culture. Latosha’s style is both retro and modern, using “flashy colors, skateboarding, 80′s and 90′s, metal and old school hip hop” (propergnar.com) to influence her designs.
When did you start your company and where is it based?
I got the idea in fall of 2010 but didn’t actually start it until February 2011. I drew and trashed so many designs before I actually decided on what to get printed. It’s based out of Greenville, Ohio.
What inspires you?
My daughter and making a good life for her is my #1 inspiration. A lot of my designs are inspired by things I liked growing up, things that were cool back then. I’m also pretty into skating so that comes out too.
I like the variety of people it brings. It’s a lot different than the music festivals and concerts I set up at. You get people you’d never expect buying your stuff. I also like the culture it brings out, and finding/meeting other cool vendors.
The best part is the people. If it wasn’t for the good friends and family that I have I wouldn’t be who I am today. It’s also surrounded by like 3 bigger, cooler cities. You get your small town living in, but doing something fun is just a short drive away.
There’s not much going on here locally, but one of my favorite places to eat has to be Montage. They have awesome sandwiches and soups and it’s beautiful inside. This place is kind of small so for good places to shop you have to travel at least half an hour. My goal is to open a street wear boutique here one day.
What do you want people to take away from Proper Gnar?
That just because you grew up in a certain area doesn’t mean you have to fit a certain stereotype. That you don’t have to blend in with the rest of the crowd, have fun and do you.
Stick with it. Things will be slow at first and you may get discouraged, but keep trying. Unless you luck out it’s not gonna be a get rich quick deal. Don’t see other people in the same business as you as competition, but as someone you can learn from. Also, when you own your own business there’s never a day off.