Compact company that went from a residing room to a storefront

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- In 2014, Engineer Derrick Ramey Jr. started out the “Dapperdude,” when he couldn’t uncover a bowtie in his selling price range. So, he did what he generally did, engineered one himself. Now, the designer has his personal storefront in the coronary heart of Downtown Huntsville.

Considering that 2014, Ramey has expanded his small business to considerably much more than just his signature bowtie, “I’ve been undertaking lapel pins, pocket squares, and I also do styling for different situations, weddings. If you want private styling, I do that as very well.”

Ramey has a passion for manner and it exhibits. Stylists from Hollywood have come to him for styling items for their celebrity customers, from the red carpets of Hollywood to the streets of Huntsville. People today can come into the store and pick up these 1-of-a-sort signature pieces and find out how to design and style them.

“It’s been essentially really awesome, persons appear in off the road, I can basically discuss to people, do consultations appropriate below in my real workplace, so it is been magnificent,” Ramey reported.

As a minority-owned business, Ramey is familiar with the influence he could have on the neighborhood and when it arrives to inspiring other people. He is a spouse and father of two so he starts off with inspiring his children.

“I often get started there, am I becoming a great function model for them. Can I encourage them and educate them how to expand, how to navigate this planet, I imagine that is the to start with start in me staying a function design for my true local community,” Ramey stated.

He focuses his abilities and information on the younger gentlemen in the group, “The young men, how to gown, how to experience confident in what they are putting on, so that’s ordinarily what I target on when I consider about the neighborhood, just variety of offering the youngsters self confidence.”

The pandemic designed 2020 a complicated yr and Ramey says with the aid of modest corporations in Downtown Huntsville he was equipped to stay open and mature.

But, the pandemic aided him feel over and above the bowtie.

“Providing luggage, offering sweatshirts, offering genuine apparel that people today can wear every working day,” Ramey advised Information 19, “We’re not out executing as many events so I want to offer things that folks can don every single working day or on their zoom calls.”

If you just can’t make it to the store, you can shop on-line right here. The storefront at 101 Clinton Ave East, is open up from 12 pm-4 pm Wednesday by Friday. Dapperdude is open for consultation appointments on Saturday and Sunday.