Motivation — You have to actually want it. This is one of those things you actually have to BUILD. You won’t become an overnight success and I feel that is something people think will happen and they get in it for the wrong reason.
As part of our series about the 5 things you need to succeed in the fashion industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaylin Becker, 27. He is a Kent, Washington native who currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University where he finished his studies in 2018 and has been creating in Arizona ever since then. Jaylin from a young age has always been a big fan of sports and in his spare time enjoys playing basketball, which can be attributed to his love of fashion and can now be seen in the NBA, mainly with their fashion being integrated into the pre-game ritual. Idols he looks up to are Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Hussle, and Maverick Carter and they remind him to always keep pushing forward and never stop believing in yourself because anything is possible.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Well, I have always been interested in fashion and the arts. Design, logos, and tattoos all emulate your artistic mindset, and that has always called to me. In my senior year of high school, I designed both of our school and our rival school’s graduation shirts and knew I had a love of being able to speak through a medium such as fashion. It has always intrigued me how people have different styles and express themselves that way.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started?
My most interesting story since I started is when I wear a piece out that I have designed and someone compliments and ask where I got it. I always get the same look of shock and it makes me feel great about moving forward with my brand, Jetsetter Collective.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Mistakes, when I was starting up, were abundant and they still exist — from not learning how to market correctly, to setting up my website wrong. The funniest mistake was I oversold the product and had to figure out a way to fix it. The learning point, do not market too heavily for a product that you do not readily have.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
My company stands out because it’s inclusive. Jetsetter Collective is a brand that is more than clothing. It caters to the collective of people that commit to their journey of life and thrive in the present moment. We never lose sight of what we want or our destination, but oftentimes we compare and criticize along the way against the things that really make life worth living. I coined the phrase or mantra “The only way is up” to be a constant reminder that things get better. They always do, as long as you have the right mindset, you can always reach your destination. Aside from the clothing merchandise that reflects the inclusivity message of the upper echelon, the product offerings will not stop there.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
To avoid burnout, the first thing is to take care of your mental state and be kind to yourself. There may be days you feel you did not do enough, even though you planned and worked for hours. Rome was not built in a day is a saying for a reason. As long as you are doing something small and actionable, give yourself recognition.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I am still growing my success and my platform, but as the opportunities arise, I will continue to bring goodness to the world. The first thing that does not cost me anything is injecting positivity into the collective of people. There is so much darkness sometimes and people forget how important kindness and positive vibes are in this world. I also teach and share mistakes I have made with other entrepreneurs and artists, be it in fashion, music, or other industries. I know failures help you learn, but if I have already learned a lesson, I can lead.
Lastly, I use my platform to empower and fight for social injustices in the world and will be donating proceeds with each purchase to the NAACPLDF.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite life lesson quote comes from one of my idols, Nipsey Hussle, when asked what made him successful or what he did differently. “I just didn’t quit” — that line has saved my life. I live and am willing to die by his message of the marathon and embodying what ultimately is the hustle of life. Do not quit on your dreams no matter how small the progress you make forward is. Times get tough and you have to be tougher than the times that WILL come.
Do you see any fascinating developments emerging over the next few years in the fashion industry that you are excited about? Can you tell us about that?
There are many things I am excited about in terms of upcoming fashion! The way it is always adapting and changing, but somehow always repeats is what I love about it. Something can be vintage, but still, be in style — everything in a fashion essentially is an art that is within you.
What are your “Top 5 Things Needed to Succeed in the Fashion Industry”. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Motivation — You have to actually want it. This is one of those things you actually have to BUILD. You won’t become an overnight success and I feel that is something people think will happen and they get in it for the wrong reason.
2. Hard work- If you can not work hard, work smart. If you can not work smart, you better have enough money to hire someone to do the handwork.
3. Patience — As I said, this is not something that booms overnight. There’s so much to learn and it takes constant effort to achieve even making a profit or reaching certain milestones and that comes with the territory of embarking on this journey.
4. Open Mind — When I say have an open mind I mean be open to being critiqued and learning. I do not mean to take in everyone’s ideas and try to incorporate them to please everybody. In trying to please everybody, you’ll end up pleasing no one.
5. Fearless — Do not be afraid to fail. Do not be afraid to take risks. I have made mistakes in design and I end up liking my mistakes more than my original. I have messed up marketing campaigns that ended up working out better than my original idea all because I was not afraid to fail. If you are going to fail, fail forward.
Every industry constantly evolves and seeks improvement. How do you think the fashion industry can improve itself? Can you give an example?
The fashion industry can do more collaborations to gain exposure for brands out there, especially overseas brands. There are SO MANY brands out there that people will never know about and that’s a disservice to those who are fans of the art. More creative minds are needed because when creative minds get together, solutions and masterpieces are created.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I would bring about the positivity and equality movement. I believe big in the universe and you get out what you put in tenfold. There’s always some new challenge or something on social media, but when someone posts an act of kindness, it is met with scrutiny. I say that everyone should not only post an act of kindness but learn about the person they are doing the act of kindness for. Everyone has a story and if we all understood each other a little more and spread a little more positivity, then the world would be a much better place; as a collective.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on IG for business @jetsetter_collective and @thejay6ix for my private page!
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!