It started off as a hobby that quickly lead to an obsession which became a passion.
I started off making belts, wallets, and other small leather items from kits I'd buy at Hobby Lobby. I wasn't very good and I really didn't have enough space in my place for all the necessary tools. Not to mention the constant sound of me trying to use a mallet to make stitching holes was most likely driving my neighbors up a wall! Add in a pair of shaky hands and it was going to be really difficult for me to become much more than just an amateur leathercrafter using pre-cut kits.
I was going to give up all together but I just loved everything about leather. Since I couldn't really craft in my living space I would spend much of my free time scouring the internet, learning as much as I could about one of nature's best gifts to man.
That's how I stumbled into the related worlds of boots and denim. I bought a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots for 40% off and got some pre-worn Gilded Age raw, selvedge jeans off of Ebay. Little did I know the rabbit hole I would go down...
Just like I did with leathercrafting, I started to read and learn everything I could about boots and raw denim. I started a blog, Stylin' Asian, wrote reviews, and posted terrible pictures I took with my phone on Instagram and the website. Yet still, I wanted to be more productive...
So I let my passion for all things leather, boots, and denim drive me to create a unique business to help companies who are actually making quality goods fight off the department stores and fashion name brands. That is how Branded By U LLC came about. As of right now I am making Feature Pages for companies and promoting them on social media (primarily Instagram) for free. Who knows? Maybe one day this little marketing website of mine will blossom into a full time job. Regardless, I am getting away from the depressive work of social services and office drama to do work I enjoy. I am meeting passionate, skilled workers and finding hidden treasures. I have the most beautiful, supportive lady. Life is good.