Entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted, and so when we see some of these superhumans striving and succeeding despite all odds, we want to know how they do it, and celebrate them as well. It’s about that time again, where we interview young and hardworking entrepreneurs who are doing really well for themselves in their line of business. Today, we will be chatting with our youngpreneur , a man of few words, a fashion enthusiast, and someone who also enjoys and makes money from making gentlemen look dapper. Guys, this month, our youngpreneur is Adekunle Adedokun the CEO of Shap wears.
Let’s take a look at his journey…
A: Hi! Can you please introduce yourself?
K: I’m Adedokun Adekunle, an Electrical Engineering graduate from Bells University of technology, The Founder of Shap Wears (@Shap_NG)
A: Amazing. Please tell us a bit about your brand/business
K: Shap Wears is a menswear brand that focuses primarily on Bespoke Suit production for Gentlemen.
A: Very impressive. What was the motive for deciding to go into this line of business?
K: Back in Uni, I noticed the gap and exploited it, it’s a great journey I must say
A: Not afraid to go after what you want, love it. How prepared were you on a scale of 1-10
K: I’d say 6, because I sought professional advice from experienced people in the field.
A: Oh wow, then you were quite prepared, that’s an amazing move by the way. In recent times, a lot of young people have ventured into the entrepreneurial world, and quite a number of them are doing really well for themselves I must say, what do you think is the reason for this new ‘movement’ seeing as you’re part of this yourself ?
K: Why hold back? when we are at an age where you could easily conceive any idea you have, it has never been this easy. All you need is a little research, Internet and DISCIPLINE.
A: “why hold back?” has to be my favourite saying now, and I totally agree with you on the discipline part. What were your reservations about starting a business? That is if you had any
K: The capital and the size of the market.
A: As expected. So far, how has it been since then?
K: It has been a very different experience as I learn daily, from customer interaction to managing of the production section and the business books.
A: This is definitely ‘bosses lingua’, business books? Sounds interesting. It’s good to know that you are learning with each day that passes. Have you had any major challenges? How have you been able to overcome them?
K: Nothing Major for now. We try our best to curb issues before they blow out of proportion.
A: I mean major boss moves right? Lol! What steps have you taken or do you plan to take to build your brand in the nearest future?
K: Last month, we released a new collection “SIGNORE”. In the nearest future we plan to open Showrooms with 12-hours (or Less) custom suit production.
A: That’s huge! And let me just say that these new collection is fire! I’m sure everyone agrees with me, welldone Kunle! We look forward to what you have in store for us in future. Asides from making gentlemen look dapper, what else do you do?
K: Thank you. I design and supervise building services projects (Mechanical & Electrical).
A: Engineer and Fashion enthusiast, ladies you better get in here! Jokes asides though, amazing stuff. You probably have some icons that you look up to especially in your line of business, can you please mention some of these names?
K: Mai Atafo is my fav, always challenging himself. He inspires me.
A: Don’t we all love Mai? Wonderful man with wonderful creations. What is the most ridiculous myth you’ve heard about being an entrepreneur?
K: It has to be “Anyone can be an Entrepreneur”
A: Well, I’ll agree that it is ridiculous, I mean, there’s a whole lot of learning and work to be done, I’ll probably just add that if you put your mind to it and you’re passionate, you can join the train. Customer is king, that’s what they say. How do you handle customers who don’t really express this ‘royalty’ attitude a.k.a difficult customers?
A: I couldn’t agree more. In your opinion, what is the ‘secret’ to staying in business?
K: Monitor your customer satisfaction and finances.
A: Major key, plus we want that cheddar to stay in check! How do you stay inspired?
K: I read books and I have a good support system.
A: A good support system cannot be overemphasised. When you need to take time off, what do you do for leisure?
K: I hang out with friends.
A: It’s cool that you make time for leisure because it’s really important. Thank you for your time Kunle, and for sharing your entrepreneurial journey with us. Do you have any closing words for aspiring youngpreneurs?
K: For aspiring youngpreneurs like myself , I’d advice you take one day at a time and enjoy the process. Finally, Whatever you do make sure you’re adding VALUE.
“Whatever you do, make sure you’re adding value”. Who else agrees with me that Kunle spoke some serious truth? I mean he might not have said much, but he definitely spoke facts that inspired me, and I had fun interviewing him.
You can follow his brand on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @shap_ng to keep up with his latest projects and patronize him too.
If you missed the last youngpreneur interview, you can catch up here
Do you like this month’s youngpreneur? What part of his interview was your favourite? Let’s talk in the comments section.