“Oh I think they like me, Wipe me down, Pop ya colla, So Fresh and So Clean, Fly as I’m Is”…are all popular hip hop songs describing how important and cool it is to have your dress game tight. Well two friends with a boggie down Bronx connect have united to bring us a new flava in apparel. The name of the company is “B Sharp” and was inspired by two young men’s love for hip hop, their urban roots and their love of looking sharp when they step out on the town. Gregory Diaz, 27, is the CEO and Kerry Granger, 31, is the COO and together this formidable tag team is making big moves on the urban fashion scene. They have been on the grind since 2005 and live by their motto of, “stay half a step above the competition.” They have been garnering a lot of media exposure as of late and it looks like they are ready to make their arrival known to the world. Let’s find out more about these guys that believe everyone wants to “B Sharp.”
Give us a snap shot into how you guys came up and where home is.
Greg - I was born in the 305 but raised in the boggie down Bronx, where I was surrounded by Hip Hop pretty much all my life.
Kerry - I was born in BROOKLYN, and raised in TRINADAD for most of my childhood years. I moved back to the states when I was 12. My father was a musician, which gave me the desire to pursue music threw clothing.
What inspired the creation of your clothing line?
Greg - Our love for fashion and music.
What is the story behind your company name?
Greg - When we were deciding on a name, we were looking for something with a musical twist and something that would represent the way people feel when wearing our clothes. When B Sharp came to mind, we knew it was the perfect name. Who doesn’t want to B Sharp everyday?
Now I understand that there were four original members of your team. What happen to the other two?
Kerry - Greg and I was the only two serious of the bunch. We saw the big picture, and I guess were the only two who was willing to put in the work.
Describe to our readers what type of flava B Sharp is bringing to the table.
Greg - A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Most of our designs are music base representing Hip Hop.
Kerry - We have originally designs that everyone loves. Our Mic Man design is our best seller.
The fashion industry is a tough industry to be in these days. How do you guys plan on blazing a path for your line to carve out a niche in the market?
Kerry - We plan on 1st learning everything we need to know about this business. We still have lots to learn about this industry and plan on mastering everything before we venture out.
Talk to me about your creative designs and who the mastermind behind them is.
Greg - We have a designer his name is Crys Cash. We work closely with him, to make sure he is on the path Kerry and I are looking for. We give Crys a direction and he does the rest. Then we pick what we feel is B Sharp standard and bring it to life.
How have the streets responded to your apparel?
Greg - The streets have been great to us, and we always get positive feedback. We appreciate it.
What has been the most difficult thing you have experienced since the inception of your company in 2005?
Kerry - Not having a blue print, something or someone to guide us.
And what have been the highlights?
Greg - Seeing someone on the street wearing our line.
Kerry - And it feels great to pop your own tags.
Since both of you are Hip Hop heads, give me your list of the Top 5 artist of all time.
Greg - KRS-One, Biggie, Jay-Z, Big Pun, and Outkast.
Kerry - Biggie, Jay-Z, Tupac, Nas, and KRS-One.
Your company has received a good amount of media attention this year. How does that make you feel?
Greg - Excellent, we have a great publicist. Shout out to Seneca “The Beast”
Now, which one of you actually has the music bug? I read about you having mad heads boppn’ at a fashion show you did at City College in NYC. Talk to me about the music and how the show went down.
Kerry - I don’t know how that got out, but it isn’t true. However, we both do have music backgrounds. Greg played both trumpet and sax in school. He was also a DJ for a few years and my father was a drummer. I was also a music engineer for two years, but we didn’t show our skills at CCNY.
Do you have any notable artist, entertainers or athletes involved with promoting your brand?
Greg - Not yet, but it’s in the works. We do have a local artist who rocks B Sharp. Shout out to B. Stallion.
Are there any hobbies you enjoy when you are not designing clothing?
Greg – Traveling.
Kerry - Traveling and partying.
What advice would you give to aspiring clothing designers that want to follow in your footsteps?
Greg - “Always do what you’re afraid of”. It’s hard but the results are worth the sweat and tears.
What big plans does B Sharp have in store for us in 2008?
Greg - New and fresh designs. We have 4 new originally t-shirt designs, 2 polo designs, and a fitted hat for 2008.
Kerry - Also look out for our documentary early next year.
How can the readers get their hands on some B Sharp gear or simply contact you?
Greg -is our site, also myspace.com/justbsharp. Our shopping cart will be up at the end of this month.
Kerry - We are always looking for new talent (models and designers) emailif you have what it takes.
I want to thank you both for taking the time out to share with our readers. We respect your hustle and wish you much success going forward. Any last words or shout outs?
B Sharp - Shout out to Seneca “The Beast”, No.3 clothing, A cut above the best and most important you the customer.