18-Year-Old STEM Student Started A Streetwear Line That Now Has Over 10K FB Followers
Richard Zshornack is a student from Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Manila who has big dreams to connect people through fashion, taking care not to compromise 'coziness' just to look good. At 18, he’s already off to do great things with his streetwear clothing line.
The brand started out as a joke that turned out to be a nudge in the right direction for this STEM student. Richard and his best friend, Neil, were talking about what they could do with their lives. Neil, knowing Richard was interested in fashion, suggested that he start his own clothing company, which Richard did not take seriously because it seemed impossible. At first, he thought, “This is just for making money and it is such a hassle...” What a typical busy university student thing to think of, right?
But in what seems like perfect timing, his older brother brought up plans of starting a t-shirt printing business so the three of them thought, why not? He conceptualized later that night and the business was born.
Inspired by A$AP Rocky’s song, Richard thinks Coziest is the perfect name for his brand because, according to him, “When you are comfortable with what you wear, your confidence builds up. I envisioned how amazing it [would] be to share my ideas and designs with people through this brand. I imagined how good it would feel [to see] friends bond over my designs, connect, and wear them on the streets, feeling cozy as ever, as how it should be.”
He’s very hands on with Coziest--he designs, monitors the printing process, mans the booth, and even models for it sometimes. Coziest has shirts, hoodies, bucket hats, and tactical bags (Keep your eye out for beanies, sling bags, and socks they’re gonna release soon!). It’s no wonder the brand is flourishing.
Richard felt like Coziest reached new heights in November 2019 when multi-awarded news anchor, Julius Babao, sported their Cozy Movements jacket in an IG post.
The clothing line's next release, Butterfly Effect, is slated for this January. This sixth series intends to deliver the message that “every little thing you do can make ripples that lead to a big difference.”
Lastly, Richard shares a message to his peers: “You’re never too young or too old to do the things that you want to do. It’s not in the timing. As long as you like what you are doing, do it. It doesn’t matter how slow you’re going. What matters is that you’re making progress. You only live once.” For Richard, it’s important that you should do what you’re passionate about so you can live life with no regrets.
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.