Here is how a typical conversation starts...
Them: "Cool! You have a clothing company? What kind of clothes?"
Me: "Well, see, um, the shirts are all inspired by the game of chess."
Them: "Yeah, right...haha...no really, what are your shirts like?"
Me: "I'm serious...I think I have made the best chess shirts in the 1500 year history of the game!!"
Them: "You have got to be kidding..."
It has been very strange to approach people and tell them what I do. I have had to explain the concept of chess t-shirts to everyone I have come in contact with...designers, printers, programmers, friends and models. As soon as I mention chess apparel, they get a strange look in their eyes and I can hear hesitation in their voices.
Are people just not ready for Hardcore Chess Apparel??
If I am able to show them the designs, then people usually come around. I have found some phenomenal designers to work with and the shirts look fantastic. But if I don't get a chance to show the shirts, then I usually get blown off.
A perfect example was trying to find models. I found several great models local to me and tried to message them or add them as friends on myspace. I am offering them the chance to be the sole model for Endgame Clothing, and they can see that I have a fairly professional operation and a professional photographer. Days go by...no response. I send follow up messages...no response. And thanks to the super-cyber stalking features in myspace, I can tell that she has read the messages. So she has 2,752 fuckin' friends on myspace, but somehow Endgame Clothing doesn't make the cut?
I wonder if Versace or Ralph Lauren ever had this problem?