Nathon Brooks, the owner of Rebel Bred Clothing, is building a business to educate, inspire, and uplift his community. “There aren’t many brands that promote strong values and highlight historical African American figures, and I wanted to change that,” says Nathon Brooks, Rebel Bred Clothing. Nathon was able to access technical assistance in marketing and business planning from Bridgeway to accelerate the growth of his emerging business. The support prepared Rebel Bred for the next big step of moving his business into a storefront.
Being enrolled in the ORIGINS Room to Grow Residency connected Rebel Bred with a storefront to activate for his studio and retail shop in the commercial business district of Wilkinsburg, PA, a corridor that is experiencing a renaissance as once-vacant storefronts are being revitalized by local small businesses. Beyond his empowering clothing brand, Mr. Brooks wants his journey as an entrepreneur and the support that was available from ORIGINS to encourage more Black-owned businesses to startup, grow, and bring economic opportunity to their communities.
“I want Rebel Bred to prepare the way,” says Nathon Brooks. “To create an inspirational path for others to follow.”