Your Name: David Dapaah
What do you do?: I am a Creator & Co-Founder
What's the name of your company?: Discarded Visions Clothing
Where is your company located?: Ottawa, Canada
How did you get started in your field?: I had recently dropped out of the Communications program at Carleton University in October of 2012. I told myself that before enrolling back into school, I needed to create something for myself that I could operate and function.
I was already into arts, sketching, basic graphic design and fashion from a young age. I also had a friend who had just began a clothing brand a couple of years prior. I had observed it from its inception phase until the point that it became a reality. I wanted to create something for myself, friends, family and so on, so I began to work on a premium streetwear brand called Discarded Visions, all from the hopes of having a residual income stream set up before graduating. I do not regret for a second starting this company, and the money which has been invested because I know what I'll reap at the end of it all.
Tell us a bit more about your company: Discarded Visions is a premium streetwear brand operating out of the capital city of Canada, Ottawa.
Discarded Visions literally means "no idea is a bad idea". The opinion of others faze us human beings way too much, to the point of altering what we already think is a good idea to try and make it into something that it's not...Just to please someone else.
Our slogan is "visionaries never fail". The greatest thing any creative can do is to conceive an idea, have a vision for it and execute it until the vision becomes a reality. If you are a true visionary, you cannot fail.
We provide exclusive items and garments such as six-panel baseball caps, toques, graphic hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeves, and even jackets. Most pieces tend to be limited to maintain their exclusivity.
How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: The creative side of mine was never formed through the education I received in high school, college or university.
I grew up in Japan from the age of 4 until 10, and while I was living in Japan, I fell in love with sketching anime characters. At the age of 8, I had begun to create characters of my own from scratch. My younger brother and I began to make manga stories from scratch for ourselves.
When I moved to Canada, I quickly got into dancing. I was in a street group performing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and multiple other venues throughout high school. At the same time, I was singing with my church choir, composing songs with my older brother because he was a professional pianist in the making.
This is all to say that I fell in love with many types of artistry at a young age and those were the things that I did for fun - content creating, dance, and music. Sooner than later, I got into photography as an amateur but every initiative I jumped into has aided me in who I am today. I simply learned to envision something, think hard on how to make it happen and I am still currently in the process of making it happen.
By profession, I am a social worker but whenever I can tie my creative talents and professional schooling background together, I do.
Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: I've started getting back into composing songs and even designing different garments from scratch. I am working on a content page/website under Kojo.Designs that will showcase songs, custom pieces and more artistry apart from Discarded Visions.
We are also launching the second release of our SS17 collection for Discarded Visions, which is set to drop this June.
How do you define success?: Having the ability to create, inspire and repeat.
Being able to create options for yourself on whether you want to work for someone or yourself on your own time. Being disciplined enough to have a tunnel vision. Seeing what others cannot see years ahead. All of the above, define success for me.
Who are your heroes and why?: Virgil Abloh, Pharrell Williams, Michael Jordan, Logic, Kanye West, and Ralph Lauren. All of those guys are pioneers and veteran creatives, whether in architectural designs, clothing, luxury branding, music, content curation, and are masters of the art of perception.
If you had to start your company all over again, what would you do differently?: Nothing. Going into it blindly helped me learn all the things I know now. I wouldn't change the process I went through whatsoever.
What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Someone who has a go-getter mentality. Someone who won't be altered or fazed by the opinions of others. An innovator who is willing to try things which haven't been done before.
What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: Mind Your Own Business!
It's so easy to worry about what others have or what others are working on. If you are able to focus that energy on what you want to accomplish, you will not only do many great things but with excellence. This is something I still have to tell myself because it's easy to fall in that trap as a creator.
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