It is said that journeys begin with a single step. That is certainly true for me and this brand, i61 Clothing. I first thought about Isaiah (i61) while standing on a street corner in central London, back in September of 2004. I had become very tired and discouraged by what I saw as 'fashion" on the high streets of the world. In that moment, I was overcome with a desire to create something beautiful, something that lifted people up and gave them a positive message to wear. Something that had a loving impact on the world.
And so it all began, after many times saying yes to it, and a whole lot of times saying no. But I always had a sense in my heart that there was something about isaiah that needed to be shared, people who had come to love this brand, who loved me, and who were determined to see it grow and evolve.
This is my way of saying thank you to many people who have been with me on this journey with i61 Clothing. I have had the deep and humbling gift of wonderful people who have walked with me. Without their help, I simply would not be here and neither would i61.
So, here is a thank you from the bottom of my heart:
First off, my family, Sebastian, Christian and Gabriel. I love you so much. Thank you for putting up with me and all of my crazy ideas. You are three gifts from heaven. My Dad, James Hood. Thanks for all of your advice and support (and a random encounter in NYC that helped you to see my dream!) My Mumma, Dorothy Hood, my angel watching over me and my brother, Scott. I miss you Buzzy.
Michael Mursell, Mark Javis, Anna Potik, Jamie Anderson, Ramona Harris, Charlie and Jenny Arbuthnot, Christina Abbott, Mark Glen, Maria Bonet, Charlotte DeGroot, Alison Williams, Rebecca Callaghan, Rochelle Bond, Deborah Panes, Jon Simmfactor, Christy Anastas, Lucy Panes, Maggie Ramage, Liz Earle, Russell Spiller, Richard Harris, Matthew and Rachel Passante, David and Liz Walker. There are so many more people who have helped along the way, too many to name here. Thank you all for believing in this little dream, for your prayers along the way, and buying our first t-shirts and coming back for more!
I have worked with some very gifted people, check out our collaborators page to see who they are - you are all amazing and I am so blessed to have worked with all of you.