By Kimberly Ky
Creativity and success does not always come hand in hand, but Donald Griggs is the quintessential entrepreneur who has taken a lifelong passion of fashion and transformed it into a career worth boasting about. "Designs by Don" offers an array of Afro-centric inspired neckties put on high quality silk, plus custom made shirts, sold wholesale and retail. When asked what his inspiration is for discovering new designs, Griggs confidently replies that he simply has the eye for appealing patterns and the "click" he senses comes naturally after 35 years of being in the business. Preserving relations with smaller retail boutiques is a priority for the business, but the company continuously spreads the word- or look, rather- by traveling to vintage shows, displaying expressive alternatives to the all too familiar looks outplayed by department stores.
Although Griggs does not have any formal education in the field of fashion, his schooling in Business Administration in congruence with his knack for capturing eye catching prints has helped him build a company which strives for higher quality products that are made with care. Having quality control of the manufacturing of his products was an obstacle from the beginning, and as a result, the production process is a major priority in his business today. Additionally, Griggs' biggest daily challenge is staying active in marketing and promoting his products. He is working toward increasing his sales to more retail businesses. "Designs by Don" is undoubtedly growing, so look out, Inland Empire! Some day in the near future, you may not be able to resist being lassoed in by one of Don's unique ties, all the while being hugged by your very own custom made shirt.
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