Meet Teen ‘Trep: Matt Henderson
Company: Amour Fraternal Apparel
I founded an urban clothing company called Amour Fraternal Apparel as a sixteen year old in Great Falls, Montana. I designed the garments inspired by my hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was ultimately unhappy with the design limitations that third party garment manufacturing entails, so now I am in the process of developing a complete design firm. As a result, I also ended up starting another company called Juhász Design Firm. With help from my new business partner/mentor, renowned speaker, and dress for success advocate, Elaine Pouliot, I am developing my new design firm that will hold design subsidiaries in many major industries from fashion to graphics to advertising. The first subsidiary is my luxury fashion brand, which will release in early 2015, headquartered in New York City. We are employing students at the Fashion Institute of Technology to hand make all of the pieces.
What is your one business tip for teens?
Start as soon as possible, start now and never let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams and goals. You will taste a little success and then the next day you will be faced with the biggest obstacle yet. Never let your guard down, be ready, focused, and willing to do whatever you can for your business at any given time. Also, prioritize your time properly. Don’t worry about popularity or someone talking about you behind your back. Instead, use your energy to pursue your dreams, don’t give those who aren’t on your side any attention.
What is the best part of being a teen entrepreneur?
The best part is the feeling that you get when you see something in real life that you created. It is absolutely surreal to see people physically interacting with something that was once just a thought in your head. Especially if you don’t know the person, randomly seeing someone that you have never seen or talked to before with your product is an extraordinary experience, you will never forget it.