I’m sending this tie to the White House, in hopes of getting President Obama to wear it at the Inauguration. To most this is just a tie. But to me, it’s a symbol of years of hard work. It’s a symbol to never give up. It’s a symbol that when the chips are down, the odds are against you, and it seems like you are the only one that believes in you; if you just don’t give up, you can reach success you could never possibly imagine. This tie is for everyone that ever wanted to give up and quit. That paced the floor late at night wondering where the next dollar was going to come from. That put water in the bottom of the ketchup bottle to get the last drop out. That put sugar water on cereal because they were out of milk, and didn’t have the money to buy more. This is a symbol that regardless of your circumstances, God can take you to extraordinary levels that even YOU never imagined. This tie says that a country boy from Arkansas, that never knew his father, that grew up seeing his mother being abused, that graduated from a class of 41 people in his high school, could one day have the chance to have a tie, with HIS name on it, worn by THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE FREE WORLD, The President of the United States. Yes to most this is just a tie. But to me, it’s my life in a piece of cloth.
You see, I started William Wilson Clothing during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Much like, then Senator, Barack Obama’s chances of actually being elected President, it was a very long shot. In fact, shortly after President Obama was elected and I started William Wilson Clothing, a good friend of mine looked me in the eye and told me, “By the next election there will be a new President, your company will be closed, and you’ll be working for someone.” (And yes we are still friends – he was my first client.) Everyone I told thought I was crazy. They were probably right. The economy was tanking, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month, and everyone in Charlotte was afraid Wells Fargo was going to move it’s offices to NY leaving the city in economic turmoil. Not to mention; I had never taken a fashion class, didn’t know anyone in the industry, had never worked in retail, and had no experience in the fashion, or apparel, world. On top of that, in a world where “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know“, I didn’t know anyone. So the odds were definitely against me. But that’s been my story all of my life. So the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in front of me were par for the course.
Here we are 4 years later, and I’ve designed clothes for the OSCARS. I designed the suits, NASCAR driver, Kevin Conway wore to the awards banquet for winning 2010 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, and NHRA driver, Antron Brown wore when he won the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel Championship. I designed the suit Calvin Richardson wore when he was named “Best Dressed on the Red Carpet” at the 2010 Grammy Awards. I’ve also designed suits for players in the NBA and NFL. I also design the Champion’s Jackets for Coca-Cola 600, Bank of America 500, Bronko Nagurski Awards and the Chiquita Classic; as well as being a spokesperson for private jet management firm, Jetpool, LLC. And I host the most exclusive celebrity golf tournament in Charlotte, The William Wilson Celebrity Invitational, where we raise money for Autism Speaks and Domestic Violence. I’m not where I fully want to be, but I have a chance. And at the end of the day, that’s all any of us wants. We don’t want a handout, or charity. We want an opportunity to succeed just like those that achieved success before us.
So I need your help with this campaign. Please send this out to your friends. And tell them to send it to theirs. Let’s get President Obama to wear this tie. Tweet it. Facebook it. Instagram. Whatever you can do. It may work. It may not. But at the end of the day, all we can do is try our best and see what happens. I’m trying my best. Now let’s see what happens. Until next time….
God bless and dress well,
William Wilson, CEO
William Wilson Clothing
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