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Far from any catwalk, Camden has given rise to several fashion lines, each run by young men looking to change the fabric of their hometown, one stitch at a time.
"If you know anything about Camden, it's not a great place, or even a good place," says Mike "Specialtee" Moore, referring to the city's dangers. "It's about creating a business so you can get out of Camden.''
While he is proud of his home, Moore says there is a motivation to move beyond the city.
"It's one of the most pushing things you can have. You thrive off that."
Moore, Jemel Balkman, Jonathan Perez and brothers Jeffrey and Luis Reyes comprise Sweettooth Specialtees, a T shirt company that will be featured on a future episode of MTV's Made.
"A lot of people have a bad stigma of Camden, so they'll definitely be surprised," Moore says.
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He's not the only one stamping out Camden's stigma with style.
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Pritchett hit the social media jackpot when celebrity stylist Eric Santiago stumbled upon his Instagram and asked the Rowan University graduate to customize a red blazer for Ramos to wear for the red carpet.
The designer also dressed South Jersey hip hop artist Asia Sparks for her March performance on BET's Music Matters.
In addition to his Atversal Ambition line, Pritchett is preparing to launch high end brand AJX and a magazine in the fall.
His drive should come as no surprise.
A star basketball player at Woodbury High School, Camden County College and Rowan University, Pritchett gave up the game to pursue another passion, crossing over to business in his junior year.
"I read a book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and believed more and more about being an entrepreneur," Pritchett says. Morgan to fashion as the founder of Peculiar Knots. Morgan, I was working in a cubicle," McColley, 22, says. "I just looked aroundaround cheap authentic Thunder jerseys
and said, 'Is that what my life came to?' . I'm good at accounting, but it wasn't my passion."
McColley revisited the bow tie business he and co founder Chris Davis had been sowing since high school, designing and creating custom made ties.
"We started selling them for a price in 2012," McColley says. "Before that, we were doing that for free."
Demand for custom bow ties and neckties has only picked up, spurring McColley to consider more manpower than a couple of sewing machines can muster.
"We're trying to find a producer near us," the 22 year old says. "We think the sales will be out of hand.
"Growing up, when you see the drug dealers driving a nice car or wearing nice clothes, you get quite confused because you want that. "But my mother says, you don't go that route. So I had to think of something that gives me the same type of success without the repercussions."
Moore also didn't like what he saw on the streets, even from a style standpoint.
"I was always interested in fashion, as far as staying up on the new trends," he says. "And I saw that everyone in my area, we all shopped in the stores and wore the same things. So we decided to create our own so we could look different from everybody else."