Written by Tweety Elitou
Creativity cannot be stopped in a cage nor can talent be stifled behind bars! These words were inspired after social media was introduced to Rashod "atlanta_santana" Stanley, an Atlanta-native who took his designer skills to create a fashion line—while being incarcerated.
Recently, (March 2019) the 25-year-old inmate went viral after a video clip surfaced of him modeling clothing from his "The Trenches" line, which he made using prison uniforms and materials.
“I would like to think I was the flyest guy in high school and on the streets,” Shod, who's currently locked up on unarmed robbery charges, told The Shade Room.
According to a GoFundMe page, at the age of 19, Shod owned his very own store on Bankhead Hwy. in Atlanta, Ga. before getting caught up with the wrong crowd. Now he’s on a mission to share his story, create clothing and inspire others not to go down the wrong path.
“I want people to know my story because Location Doesn't Determine Destination. I want to inspire others to make something out of nothing and reach their full potential without making excuses,” Shod said. “I want to be a mentor and public speaker to at-risk kids that’s following down the wrong path.”
Although Shod currently sews his clothing using dental floss and a paper clip, his goal is to make his fashion line shopable for all.
“I want to make a name for myself as a fashion designer in the fashion community. I also want to start a nonprofit organization for low-income communities in Atlanta and eventually expand nationwide,” Shod said.
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