We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carlos, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always loved Fashion and Merchandising. I went to school for it and decided to give a crack at starting my own streetwear brand. At first it was mainly just a hobby to keep myself busy and always creating, I worked at a print shop in Tallahassee and that allowed me to make tees anytime I wished (Shoutout T-Shirt Envy) so from there I always made tees/designs that inspired me locally and I also just thought that Florida was such a rich state culturally and visually so it was all rooted from that idea. However I always thought to myself how come all the street wear brands are from NY or LA (or based out of there) and barely any from Miami or so and it just made me wanna do it for the home crowd (Shoutout to all the brands that put us on the map though ie: Felt, GPC, Andrew (Skate Brand), Stray Rats and others I might’ve missed)

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Apart from my brand, I’m an Account Manager during the day full time. It does take most of my time and I enjoy my job but it does require a lot from me so having to balance out work with my personal business does get challenging but that’s the behind the scenes that a lot of people don’t see and don’t understand the toll it takes from you but it does feel rewarding juggling both but at the end of the day; it’s not that serious. People should be able to enjoy themselves as much as possible without having to keep that “Hustle” at all cost mentality while ignoring their own mental health. Just enjoy yourself and trust your process and everything will fall into place.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Little Haiti. That has to be the most culturally enriching area of Miami. Just taking a drive around and seeing the small business thriving within their own local economy is awesome. I love driving around Little Haiti and just seeing the people be so strong in their community specially in these moments where its own city is driving them out due to gentrification. Little Haiti has great hole in wall spots to eat and it’s such a colorful neighborhood. An honorable mention is Little Havana, you eat great and enjoy yourself in that area as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is no story without the women in my family. The deserve all the flowers so my shoutout goes out to them!

Website: shadygoods.co

Instagram: @shadygoodsco

Image Credits
@artisticdesire @tinapphoto

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