Peter Jean-Marie is a testomony to the significance of relentless dedication within the quest to comprehend a dream.
For 3 years, the 25-year-old, Collier County primarily based clothier saved hitting brick partitions looking for an investor to launch the lads’s and ladies’s clothes traces he hopes to promote to a significant retailer. He pitched his enterprise in native and nationwide funding competitions for budding entrepreneurs, doing properly, however by no means capturing the last word prize. He’s additionally endured the frustration of declined requests for financing and guarantees of funding that went unfulfilled.
Frustration even led him to think about producing notoriety via the press for his trigger by strolling from Florida to New York Metropolis earlier this 12 months. The purpose could be to seize the eye and achieve the assist of the one and solely Oprah Winfrey.
At the moment, Jean-Marie not has to actually or figuratively knock on doorways or ponder drastic motion to safe funding. He has lastly discovered a backer, somebody who has gifted him the $100,000 wanted to get his enterprise off the bottom, relatively than an interest-bearing mortgage or an funding in change for a proportion of the corporate. Now he can manufacture the pattern clothes and equipment potential retailers wish to see earlier than agreeing to hold his creations.
Perspective has been gained in surmounting the problem.
“I can actually say I really feel like an actual witness, watching how God has been so very gracious and moved in my life,” mentioned Jean-Marie. “I’ve realized that not each funding is an efficient funding. If I hadn’t been turned down and ghosted by the earlier traders, I by no means would have secured this funding, the place I don’t have to provide something in return.”
A 2015 graduate of St. John Neumann Catholic Excessive Faculty in Naples, Jean-Marie acquired a diploma in trend design from Miami Worldwide College of Artwork and Design in 2018. The previous mannequin started creating his clothes model whereas in school.
He began with designing blazers, earlier than transferring onto ties, bowties and ladies’s put on and by January of 2019, the road was full. That very same 12 months, Jean-Marie made it to the second spherical of tryouts for the favored TV present “Shark Tank.” He was one in all 30,000 enterprise house owners, nationwide, vying for a spot on the present.
2019 can be when he started his quest for funding. Throughout that course of, Jean-Marie was assisted by his monetary advisor, who was investigating potential funding sources for small companies.
“Whereas he was doing that, one other one that’s been watching me from the start, actually since I used to be in design college, reached out to me and I let him learn about all the things that had been occurring in my journey to search out traders. This particular person was very, very gracious and mentioned, ‘You understand, I’m simply going to provide the 100K myself,’” mentioned Jean-Marie. “Actually, the following day, I acquired the funds. I didn’t have to surrender a proportion or signal a contract or something.”
Jean-Marie mentioned his benefactor desires to stay nameless.
To date, his designs have solely been footage on paper. However the main retailers he’s approached wish to see the clothes worn by fashions earlier than rendering a call. The cash goes towards making ready the required samples in addition to to buy a automobile so he can cease utilizing his mom’s car.
“The individuals, as far as main retailers who’ve seen my designs, they’re actually happy,” Jean-Marie added. Getting ready the samples ought to solely take a month or two.”
For extra details about Peter Jean-Marie and to view his creations, go to peterjeanmarie.retailer or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.