Photo by Jordan Graft, Junior Quentin Anderson (left) and senior Xavier Vaughn plan on their company being more than just a clothing line.
by Simeon Simmons, Features Editor
If you don’t act on it, your idea is never going to be anything.”
These are words from wise young entrepreneurs, senior Xavier Anthony and junior Quentin Anderson, who say their success is just beginning to break surface.
Xavier and Quentin have recently been promoting their contemporary clothing line, ‘XA’ (Xavier Anthony). However, this is not their first rodeo; they have both had lines of their own prior to ‘XA’. Xavier and his partner Anthony Lemons, who attends Parkview, teamed up to create ‘XA’ with the help of Creative Director, Quentin.
Yet the brand ‘XA’ is not limited to just a clothing line; these entrepreneurs will do almost anything that calls for originality and talent. As a design firm, they are known for assisting many other entrepreneurs like themselves, including photographers, film producers and music artists. They have recently been filming a music video directed by ‘XA’ for a local rapper, known as “Lothraxx”.
“’Xavier Anthony’ is not just a clothing line, ‘Xavier Anthony’ is a design firm,” Xavier said. “We don’t like to label ourselves as a clothing brand because we do way more than just clothes. We’re doing just about anything we can. If we can get our hands on it and get a ‘piece of the pie’ we’re going to try to do that.”
The two don’t plan on “XA” being a high school fantasy, long forgotten, and immediately tossed to the side after graduation. Xavier, Anthony, and Quentin aim to take this brand where “it’s too far to reach.” After high school, they intend to focus on taking their brand to the next level, and being accepted into college to take many courses in design and business. Even though they are focused on their clothing line, that’s not what they would like to limit themselves to.
“Eventually, we’re trying to have ‘XA’ cars, ‘XA’ airplanes; when you go over the bridge, you’ll be in your ‘XA’ shirt,” Quentin said.
As all great entrepreneurs know, the primary goal of starting a business is promoting it, emphasizing on exposure, publicity and pushing the brand into the limelight. ‘XA’ has a lot of big time, upcoming projects, including a four-city tour in Arkansas to Conway, Memphis, Fayetteville and Little Rock. ‘XA’ might also attend the A3C hip-hop festival in Atlanta, Georgia with a good friend of theirs, local rapper, “Lothraxx”. The A3C hip-hop festival includes performances from artists all over America, including upcoming producers and well-known hip-hop artist.
“It’s not necessarily about getting paid; it’s not about that right now. We’re worried about getting exposure, because without exposure, we’re not going to get paid,” Quentin said.
So, you’ve wanted to start a business of your own? Exactly, how do you do that? Xavier and Quentin told their secrets to victory: staying concentrated, getting things done, and receiving the encouraging support from others who are just as passionate about the journey as they are.
“Staying consistent, staying dedicated, being a hundred percent with whatever you’re doing, making sure you have a team, because without a team, you can make it, but it’s so much more support,” Xavier said. “I don’t want to say it’s so much easier to have a team, but it makes the journey less stressful.”
Quentin and Xavier think of their design firm as more of a lifestyle and less of a project. They say they will continue to work through all the difficulties thrown their way and give their brand their all.
“’XA’ is like producing art though a lifestyle,” Quentin said.