Starting your own clothing line requires guts and knowledge. Take Charles Thomas, who learned the ropes of streetwear and fashion industry when he worked for a well-known brand. Finally gathered enough knowledge, he mustered up the courage to start C.ANGELZ Lounge & Sleep wear line. Wanna snuggle up to the brand’s fine collection this season? Get to know it first. SoJones went one-on-one with Charles Thomas of C.ANGELZ.
Introduce yourself and describe how your brand was started?
My name is Charles Thomas and I have been in the clothing business for almost 8 years now, working for ROCAWEAR. I started C. ANGELZ Lounge & Sleep wear line in 2008. I wanted to apply all of the things that I learned at ROCAWEAR since I was able to be around and absorb all of the departments from Design, to Production to Sales. I wanted to do Lounge/Sleep wear for all the women who like to still look sexy around the house, but not look sleazy. I created a line that women, not only look good in around the house, but also at the gym, supermarket, post office, etc…
Describe this season’s theme for your line. Include any sources of inspiration (examples: 80’s punk, muses like Amber Rose, 70’s disco bands, Kanye, etc)
This season for FALL we have some animal prints that we will inject into our line. Last year I knew and said that animal prints would be in again and sure enough you see them everywhere. But I always try and put my spin on things so you’ll see some animal prints on some nice comfortable T-shirts, underwear and running shorts. But for 2011, I want to add some of the 80’s feel to the line. I don’t want to give too much away, but it will be fun, sexy and comfortable.
Any product placements on celebs to keep an eye out for (examples: publicity photos, magazines, movies, music videos etc)
For 2011 you will see C. ANGELZ everywhere and on a lot of celeb’s. From the girls on Jersey Shore, to NBA wives and we’re going to be providing clothes to a new Video show called “REACH MAGAZINE TV” which debuts in January on the west coast.
What has been a surprise fashion hit over the last year? (a particular piece, a look or even another brand)
I was surprised that the baggy pants with the slim legs came back in style. I have been seeing women wear them and it was a hot item at NY Fashion week. It reminds me of the old MC HAMMER pants he used to wear in his videos. Like they say fashion styles always comes back.
What current fashion trend would you like to see thrown overboard?
Anything that has to do with tights or leggings, women have taken that style way over board.
What is/was one of your most prized fashion pieces, past or present?
I have this cap sleeve Sleep Dress with a lady on top of a globe with her wings and halo ,and on the back of the dress it says On Top Of The World. Beside it being a real sexy and comfortable look for women, the logo itself is very empowering and says a lot without actually saying much at all. That’s one of my favorite and prize pieces.
TuPac or Biggie?
I like them both. I’m from Brooklyn and can relate to everything that Biggie raps about, but I still always felt that Tupac’s music was more real and had more emotions to it. Biggie was an incredible lyricist, but Tupac was a poet and you can still relate to his music today.
If you’re into the C.ANGELZ style, check the full collection at their website: cangelzworld.com. And as usual, this Friday you can win some C.ANGELZ goods!
C.ANGELZ is giving away TWO t-shirts for TWO lucky ladies! Here are the tees you could win:
Ace Angelz tee, retailed at $24.99
Angelz Eyez tee, retailed at $24.99
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