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Inspiring Conversations with Dy Moultrie of Teflon Apparel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dy Moultrie.

Hi Dy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been interested in fashion from my early YouTube days. Teflon Apparel started off as just a hat/accessories line in the beginning stages. Very quickly, I realized that I shouldn’t limit myself to only hats. I had the funding to back a full Streetwear line, so why not? Streetwear then expanded to hookahs. My love for hookah made me decided to make it a business. Every time I partake in hookah, I’m posting on social media. That means each time, I could be promoting my brand. So it only makes sense to add hookahs to my brand. Living in Atlanta is so inspirational. Everywhere you look, someone is doing something, starting a business, running a business. I did not have this type of motivation growing up. I’m from a small town in South Carolina where the only businesses that were around were brick and mortar that would come and go and not be so successful. There’s a hustle in Atlanta that I love, and I’m proud to say I’m a part of that now.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say I had obstacles but perhaps some potholes along the way that was irritable. So far though, everything I’ve wanted to accomplish came without a challenge. I believe that if you love what you do, what most may think is an obstacle is simply a challenge I look forward to conquering. With that being said my “potholes” would probably being the waiting game when it comes to getting samples and going back and forth with manufacturers and vendors. When you have a fresh idea, you almost want to see it through now, but you have to wait.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Teflon Apparel is a Streetwear brand. I like to call it tomboy fashion because I’ve always been a fan of the way girls who don’t like to dress like girls wore their clothes. It’s a unisex brand so it just works. Teflon means to withstand criticism with no apparent effect. You could be dealing with the most difficult thing, but you don’t let it show. Resiliency. Teflon stands out from other brands because of its quality. I believe that your brand can speak for itself when the quality is there.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Man! I’m typically not who you would think of when it comes to good luck. However, I will say that I haven’t had any bad luck either. I think working hard and doing what you love plays a big role in that. Who needs luck anyways?

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