A resourceful, studious guy, that Mark Durrette is.
Take, for instance, how when he established his Jerseys-N-Things, LLC clothing line in July 2015, Durrette apparently had engaged in some notable research, particularly as it pertains to his men’s fashion entity.
Durrette, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, explained in great details how he thought it essential to name his men’s apparel Yuchi, a Native American tribe who traditionally lived in the eastern Tennessee River valley in Tennessee in the 16th century.
“They were great craftsmen and mound builders, but weren’t given the proper credit in history,” Durrette said of Yuchi, whom are widely known as The Coyaha, many of whom in the 17th century moved south to Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
Much like Yuchi, Durrette, too, has gone to great lengths to become a solid and progressive craftsman, most notably as a rising and efficient entrepreneur.
A 51-year-old caretaker for his mother and sister, Durrette established his business, in large part because, for starters, he always dreamt of working for himself.
Also, he realizes that being his own boss customarily comes with an array of perks, and it gives him the financial flexibility to take of his family.
Jerseys-N-Things apparel is available to men and women as well boys and girls, and orders can be shipped anywhere throughout the United States.
“I’ve always wanted to create my own clothing (line) so it could be a multicultural and an affordable line for all ages,” said Durrette, explaining the mission and purpose for his business that was founded in Chantily, Virginia, but is now based in nearby Danville.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Durrette has been the beneficiary of constant favorable feedback since Jerseys-N-Things have gone into full operations.
“I’m getting great feedback from friends, but I want to reach out to those from all walks of life,” Durrette said. “Being an entrepreneur is very important to me, because it allows personal freedom and to be able to invest in one self.”
Also, while Durrette’s clothing is relatively in its infancy stages, he doesn’t shy away from the notion that growth and expansion are amongst his key entrepreneurship objectives in the foreseeable future.
His business’ clothing apparel price ranges are somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 to 120 dollars — “as of right now,” he said — depending on the consumers’ needs.
“I would love to use our business as a platform for others who aren’t incorporated…to be able to showcase there clothing on my online store,” Durrette said.
Interestingly, Durrette is a proud alum of the historic T. C. Williams High School in his native establishment of Alexandria, a public institution whose former football coaches, Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, were in the 2000 motion picture Remember The Titans, starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton.
For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume that given the continuous success of Jerseys-N-Things, Durrette essentially has become a notable product of his environment — for all the right reasons, mind you.
“I am so proud of you,” Montgomery, Alabama-area businesswoman Sybil Sloan said late Wednesday night in a post on Durrette’s Facebook page after learning of the media buzz he’s acquired surrounding his business. “This is just the beginning of where this journey will lead and I will be right here supporting and cheering.”
Much like others around the country are doing as they pay homage to this resourceful, studious businessman, one who’s making some major entrepreneurship moves.
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