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Daily Inspiration: Meet Still Attached

Today we’d like to introduce you to Still Attached.

Hello Still Attached, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello, we are Quin’Tarrius King and Jarvis Hayes, brothers and owners of Still Attached Clothing, a Mental Health Awareness clothing brand based out of Memphis, TN. For those who may be coming across us for the first time, Still Attached represents us all. It represents past traumas, emotions, and experiences that we are all still attached to.

We were always passionate about fashion. We originally thought, hey, why not start a clothing brand. Well, that’s easier said than done. What would we name our brand? What would it stand for? And most importantly, how could we relate? Those questions were quickly answered.

“Looking for guidance and leadership through prayer I experienced my first anxiety attack. In a matter of seconds, I experienced multiple emotions. I felt myself becoming afraid, lonely, and uneasy. This experience opened my eyes to the scary realities of mental health and the struggles thousands endure daily. From that night forward, I knew something must be done, something must be said. At that moment, I knew I wanted to bring awareness to mental health, so why not through fashion?” – Jarvis.

“The state of my mental health was something I thought I’d never have to question. Before I tell you my story, it’s worth noting that I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease around the age of 13. I hadn’t experienced severe complications until 2016, a day before Labor Day. I had the worst stomach cramps, such indescribable pain. After a few days of discomfort and over-the-counter meds, I went to the ER.

That’s when I found out that my colon cracked, and I needed emergency ostomy surgery. When I awoke, my entire life changed. I now had an “invisible” disability and no earthly idea of what to do next. This led to deep depressive states and a lot of stress. Through prayer, I found purpose.

I needed to speak about my experience with this and how it affected my mental health. So of course, why not through fashion?” – Quin’Tarrius. Still Attached Clothing was born through both of our experiences. The rest, as they say, is history.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Yes and no. We wouldn’t say smooth, but we also wouldn’t say we’ve had struggles either. We believe everything happens for a reason.

What many may consider losses, we consider lessons. We quit our jobs after a combined 18 years and invested all we had. Our time, energy, and finances went into building a brand we believed in. Close family and friends won’t always see your vision. Sometimes support comes from those you least expect.

So, has it been a smooth road? It has been a little bumpy but every now and then you get a glimpse of something really nice that makes it all worthwhile.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We are spiritual light workers specializing in spreading positivity and aiding others in their paths to enlightenment through mental health.

In the mental health community, we are known for spreading our message through quality fashion. We are also proud of learning and teaching grounding techniques, inspirational quotes, etc. via our mascot @apetheheart on Instagram.

We feel that we stand apart by interacting with our following. We consider everyone family and always remind them that they are not alone, to stay attached, and to stay alert. We’re in this together!

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Like? We LOVE our city!

Whether it’s our museums like the National Civil Rights Museum, the iconic Memphis bridge, the music coming from Beale Street, the food (particularly the BBQ), our historic art district, or our hometown teams like the Memphis Redbirds, Tigers, and Grizzlies, there is much to love about our city.

As far as to dislike, we believe the city could be more united. We don’t like how much violence the city has witnessed over the years, especially with the youth. We don’t know the answers or how to fix such things, but we believe that having more activities will help.

We miss places like Liberty Land or Celebration Station, places for fun and family. We love and pray for our city daily and know that one-day things will take a turn for the better.

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@itsnikkismallz, @for_ju_cuztoms, and @qstillattached

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