Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Reuel is the son of a seamstress that Immigrated to New York from the Caribbean and learned how to sew from a young age. Â Reuel always had dreams of creating an apparel line, getting inspiration from apparel mogulsÂ such as Damon John and Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, but needed the financial capital to get started. Â Â Reuel followed a career in corporate America as a licensed CPA working at Ernst & Young and a number of smaller boutique consulting firms, in order to generate enough capital to start his own fashion house.Â Egami was born in 2014, and continues to grow to generate six-figure sales and representing customers across the U.S., including basketball players, AMEÂ bishops, and senior executives in corporate America.Â
Reuel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
My passions are art and music. I inherited my skills from my mother who was a seamstress and pianist. I got my start in corporate America but I was not fulfilled at work, so I left the corporate field to pursue running my own fashion/apparel company where I am now able to cultivate the skills I was born with.
Who is your inspiration in life Reuel? How do you keep inspired?
My son Isaiah is my inspiration. I want him to see through me that you can do and be anything you want to be in life and if your career takes a wrong turn, you can always start over.
We all make mistakes Reuel; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Designer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Starting the business, I would over commit myself and led to me being overwhelmed and that affecting my customers. Now I pick and choose my clients and only do the volume I can handle.
Reuel, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Designer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I try to understand my client's situations and put a higher priority on more urgent needs. For example, I get booked for a lot of weddings, so I always make big life events a top priority.
Please tell us Reuel, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Designer?
Yes, I had to be strategic financially this past year. I normally do private shows during fashion week and don't always see the ROI after my events. This year instead of doing my private show, I partnered with a few other designers to share the cost and did a show in August, when venues are much cheaper. The event ended up being more intimate, and our constituents felt important and appreciated.
Reuel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I have two employees that sometimes have their ideas. One example is during my inaugural fashion show one of my employees did not agree with my choice of music for the segments. However, I was able to communicate my vision and get the employee to support my vision.
Reuel, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest accomplishment as a designer was having a successful inaugural fashion show and receiving all the great emails of how everyone enjoyed the show; some are saying it was the best fashion show they ever attended.
Reuel, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I like using inspiration from Asia (i.e. mandarin collars) on the women's suit collection I have. What's exciting is having people from Asia comment on how dope and unique it is.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Designer?
Be yourself and tell your story. Your art is your story so that no one can do it better than you. Being yourself helps you build a closer bond with your followers.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm looking to collaborate on new outerwear or casual collection. Many of my current designs are formal.