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    Ambition: HEAT Ledger

    Ambition: HEAT Ledger

    Thomas, or Heat Ledger as he’s known as online, is a true made story. A regular guy who’s built his personal brand on the back of his passion for all things sneakers and growing to become a go-to source for sneakerhead’s around the globe.


    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s clear sneaker culture has taken off with both the physical and digital community of sneakerhead’s more than tripling in recent years.
    It’s a booming industry that’s for sure.


    However, for Thomas, creating content for sneakerhead’s wasn’t a calculated career-move but rather a natural progression from his own sneaker obsession.

    Just like any kid, Thomas found himself skateboarding and playing a lot of ball which, unsurprisingly, led him to admiring sneakers from a young age. However, it was more a case of look but don’t touch as his finances just weren’t there yet.


    Enter the high school years and making his start in the workforce, once that money started flowing, the sneaker collection started growing.  Naturally next step was to start documenting it.


    Enter Heat Ledger, the online personality and sneaker expert.


    Sneakers, basketball, streetwear, vlogs, you name it Heat Ledger’s covering it on his channel and detailed reviews on new-release kicks.


    Now with over 3.9 million YouTube views and a successful website which has become a hub for the sneaker-obsessed, Thomas has earned his Made Status.

    Happy to have you in the Made Family Heat Ledger.

     

    Check out Heat Ledgers review of Made Status below.

    More of HEAT Ledger @heatledgerkicks 

     

    Overcoming Hurdles: Marty on 'The Entrepreneur Way' Podcast

    Overcoming Hurdles: Marty on 'The Entrepreneur Way' Podcast

     

    “My whole family laughed at me when I said that I was going to start this business, no one believed me at all...”

    Made Status founder and CEO Marty Cornish recently graced the UK-based podcast show "The Entrepreneur Way," where he discussed with host Neil Ball how he overcame obstacles in life and in business, his entrepreneurial role models and his best advice for others who are still trudging the long, slow road to success. 

     

    "If you look at a business as an individual, as a person, as a baby, as a startup, then it’s a case of what does this business represent, what does it want to become when it's 18 or where does it want to be when it's 5,” said Marty, who imparted pearls of wisdom on how to go beyond poverty, hustle until it hurts, and chase your dreams when everyone says you won't make it.

     

    Listen to the 30-minute podcast above for more, and get more excerpts from the TEP website here. Our sincerest gratitude to Neil, who himself is a product of the magical thinking "From Nothing to Something."

    Brotherhood 2.0 Has Landed

    Brotherhood 2.0 Has Landed

    Brotherhood 2.0 Jersey

     

    Blood makes us related.

    It's loyalty that makes us family.

     

    Loyalty, strength and having your mates' back are some key things that matter most in life, and they are the values that fuel us in creating dope products.

     

    The Brotherhood 2.0 Jersey, in very high demand since 2015, symbolises all these important values and what we aim to stand for as an independent streetwear movement.

     

    The jerseys have landed and are now ready to be sent express to #MADEFAMILY members who pre-ordered.

     

    We take things a notch higher with Brotherhood 2.0, whose design concept is simple: we know what it feels like to be down and out, to face adversity. All it ever takes is one person – just one person – to see your true potential and not give up on you when you already have.

     

    Apart from the brand-new design, this jersey also enjoys material upgrades and is now infused with moisture management technology for maximum breathability, style and performance.

     

    If you pre-ordered the Brotherhood 2.0, thank you for getting a piece of Made Status history. Your overwhelming support and faith in this brand mean the world to us. Goodness is on its way.

     

    If you want to cop this bestselling jersey, order now before it's gone forever. Your friendship is a gift, so know that we are grateful to you for simply opening and reading this email. We've got your back, always.

     

    Much love,

    Marty

    Made on the Street: From Scratch Paper to Runway

    Made on the Street: From Scratch Paper to Runway

     Michael Hartridge Ambition

     

    Made on the Street is a repository of fashion and hustle stories straight from some of the freshest voices of streetwear, streetwear photography, and hip hop culture on Instagram.

     

    In another installment of our Made on the Street series, we connected with California-based Michael Jan Vincent, an app developer and a fresh voice of men’s fashion on Instagram (@raadius).

     

    Michael has moved from a skate and basketball phase to a more modern style that incorporates streetwear and fast fashion brands alike, and he plans to put up his own clothing line soon.

     

    We had a quick chat with him to learn more about his personal style.

     

    A photo posted by Michael Jan Vincent (@raadius) on

     

    When did you start blogging on streetwear and what was your creative inspiration or motivation behind it?

    I got into blogging about streetwear around 2007, but I was still in my skate phase so I wasn't fully invested. I would say I was back into it around 2013, but it’s a completely different scene now. My inspiration back then was basketball, skateboarding and hip hop; today it's still skateboarding and hip-hop, but less basketball and more culture. My favorite rapper is Tupac.

     

    Describe your everyday personal style to us - and how it's evolved through the years.

    Tones and comfort. I love Supreme, so a tee is a must! I layer a lot, so you can always catch me in a Fear of God tank top, distressed denim and Y3 kicks.

    My style has evolved tremendously, going from skate brands like Element, Zoo York, Nike Dunk SBs, and Supra to streetwear brands like LRG, Crooks and Castle, The Hundreds, 10 Deep, and Akomplice. I even went completely left and went modern casual like H&M, J-Crew, Banana Republic, and Gap. Through it all one thing has never changed, and that's my love for Jordans. I always wore Js through my constantly evolving state of mind.

     

    What is it like living and working in your city? How would you describe the streetwear fashion scene in your specific community?

    I just recently moved from Los Angeles to the Orange County so the vibes are night and day. The culture here is more skate then streetwear. The streetwear scene in LA is way more diverse, you see a little bit of everything. It’s a trends city, and everybody is above the curve in fashion.

     

    How do you stay updated in fashion? What's your preference in the whole classic-trendy style spectrum?

    I turn to social media. Instagram is a huge platform for what's trendy, and there I just look to my favorite clothing pages like Fear of God, John Elliott and Kith for inspiration, all which invoke clean, simple, color-coordinated fabrics.

     

    Made Status and its #MadeFamily is all about the grind and transcending one’s background and limits to go from nothing to something. How does this message of hustle resonate with you?

    Hustle hard, stay positive and out think those waiting for the next big thing. The grind never stops so you have to be on top of everything.

     

    A photo posted by Michael Jan Vincent (@raadius) on

     

    Any big plans or personal projects in the pipeline?


    I plan to put up my own clothing brand. Future Presentation coming soon.

     

    How do you see yourself 5 years from now?

    Owning and operating my own business. I want to be my own director, produce, writer and actor. Everything. I want to see my brand go from scratch paper to runway.

    Made on the Street: Relative Newbie

    Made on the Street: Relative Newbie

     

    Made on the Street is a repository of fashion and hustle stories and interviews with some of the freshest voices of streetwear, streetwear photography, and hip hop culture on Instagram.

     

    Axl Enguancho Made Status

     

    Axl (@axlenguancho on IG) is a young fashion student representing his hometown San Diego in the ever-growing streetwear community on Instagram.

     

    When did you start blogging on streetwear and what was your creative inspiration or motivation behind it?

    I started just five months ago. It was something I've always wanted to do but never started until recently. My motivation behind it was my love for fashion; I knew I wanted to pursue a career in fashion so I wanted to start off showing my creativity and visuals through Instagram and see how it turns out.

    I'm a huge fan of hip hop. I wouldn't say I have a favorite rapper of all time but for now I listen to artists like Travis Scott, Kanye West, Drake and the HBK gang.

     

     

    Describe your everyday personal style to us - and how it's evolved through the years.

    My personal style is very minimalistic and simple. I like a lot of monochromatic palettes. I also like mixing high fashion like Fear of God and fast fashion like H&M together, as having a balance of both is great.

    I used to wear a lot of loud colors and crazy prints, like floral printed button-ups. Through the years my style has evolved into a more minimal, more organized style.

     

    What is it like living and working in your city? How would you describe the streetwear fashion scene there?

    I love living and working in my city – I love the vibe it gives off. Shout out to all my San Diego people! The streetwear fashion scene here, however, isn't as strong as places like LA or New York. Most people only know streetwear brands like Stussy and Obey. Not a lot really know about higher fashion brands like Fear of God, Off-White, or Raf Simmons.

     

    How do you stay updated in fashion? What's your preference in the whole classic-trendy style spectrum?

    I would say one big thing that keeps me updated with fashion is the Instagram community. They all inspire me and keep me up-to-date with what's hot. Following artists like Kanye and big-name designers has kept me in the loop.

    My preference in the whole classic-trendy style spectrum is just be you. A lot of people try too hard to be trendy that they lose sight of style and themselves. I love the saying "Fashion trends come and go, but style is forever." It's important to find yourself and find that unique style.

     

    Made Status and its #MadeFamily is all about the grind and transcending one’s background and limits to go from nothing to something. What’s your own #SelfMade story? How does this message of hustle resonate with you?

    My #SelfMade story probably had to start with my blogging on Instagram. I never thought it would get where it is now in a couple of months. I honestly thought it would take me years to see progress. I've met so many cool people through Instagram and received great amounts of support and feedback from people I haven't even met in person.

    I just want to say I appreciate you guys at Made Status and thank you for this opportunity. Just like you guys, I'm about the grind and hustle. I grind on my blogging constantly every day, hoping that it would open more doors for me in the future.

     

    A photo posted by Axl Enguancho (@axlenguancho) on

     

    Any big plans or personal projects in the pipeline?

    I'm just trying to earn my degree in fashion. I’ll see where it takes me from there.

     

    How do you see yourself 5 years from now?

    In five years I hope to have a career in fashion doing what I love to do, whether it's designing or styling.