The 2 Minute Interview
Grace Enaka was a beautiful woman. For her son Richmond, she was the most important person ever. Her whole life, she was tormented by being overweight and the abuse connected to it. So much so that she decided to have surgery, which she didn’t survive. Richmond Bessong took his grief and creative potential and put them into an entrepreneurial mission. Together with co-founder and creative director Kevin, he created the fashion label Enaka. The simple message: People are beautiful. You are beautiful. When they put their first t-shirt collection on the market in 2012, even they were probably a little surprised when suddenly all kinds of celebrities, like the US rapper Red Café, started wearing their conspiratorially spiritual pieces. Now, they have launched their first complete collection, ‚Chapter One‘. A great opportunity to have one of the most inspirational 2-minute-interviews ever, ever, ever with Kevin and Kanye, sorry, Batman, sorry, Richmond. Thank you!
Name: Kevin Spalek / Richmond Bessong
Age: 24 / 25
Home: Berlin / Bremen & Berlin
Profession: Co-founder / Founder
Shoe size: 44 / 44
Favourite accessory: Cap / duffle bag
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
In what way where you different five years ago?
K: I always knew where I wanted to be. The only difference is that I now have a better idea of how to get there, ha ha.
R: Five years ago, I wanted to do something to do with fashion. Today, I’m doing something to do with fashion.
What are you proud of?
K: I am proud to have not lost sight of my dream. There were many moments when it seemed impossible to reach. But we kept going. It sounds blunt but the best part is when people who never believed in you suddenly say that you have inspired them. If it was up to me, all my friends should follow their dreams.
R: I am proud of having dedicated this brand to my mother.
What will you do more of the future?
K: I suppose I’ll have to work even more. Although, “have to” is the wrong phrase. Since I turned my hobby into my profession, I can’t keep my mind off it anyway.
R: Risk more.
What are you particularly thankful for?
K: The way my parents brought me up. They always supported my dreams, even in times where they seemed in no way tangible.
R: That is a long list. The short version: My team. My friends. My family. :)
Who is your childhood hero?
K: Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers. Aka The Black Mamba aka Mr. Work Moral, Mr. Devotion und Mr. Strong Will.
R: My mother. She’ll always be my idol.
What inspires you?
K: I soak everything up like a sponge. At the moment, particularly the music of Travis Scott and the films of Christopher Nolan.
R: Hope inspires me. You can achieve anything with hope, it’s a feeling that gives you wings.
The three most important articles of clothing:
K: My Story Parka, my high-top sneakers and my oversize T´s. All in black, of course.
R: Ripped jeans, oversize hoodie and Chelsea boots.
Who should wear your collection?
K: Humans would be great, ha ha! Ideally ones with a lot of individual personality. Because that’s what Enaka stands for.
R: Every man and woman. Equality is one of the key messages of Enaka.
How do you complement each other?
K: Richmond is Batman. I’m Alfred and Robin in one person.
R: Kevin would probably mention his Batman/Robin metaphor now.
What do you not like about your job?
K: Let me ask you this: What’s not to like about freedom? :P
R: That the samples are mostly tailored in Large. I need X-Large.
Why do new clothes make people so happy?
K: As a child, one feels like a superhero presenting new stuff in the school yard. That feeling doesn’t change with age. Fashion is life.
R: I think we all strive for variation and fashion offers just that.
What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
K: Definitely pasta. Everyone laughs about my stash at the office.
R: Some African cuisine. As long as it’s something with chicken wings, ha ha.
What are you afraid of?
K: I would like to quote on of my favourite German Rappers: “The greatest motivation is fear of losing it all again.“ (Shindy)
When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
K: Doner kebab. Because we produce our clothing in Turkey, I ate my first doner kebab there. When the restaurant owner heard that I had never eaten a kebab before, it was on the house. I might play that card more often… (You. Can’t. be. Serious?! Editor’s note)
R: I jumped out of an aeroplane a couple of months ago. I think that will last for a while.
What should no one know about you?
K: 50 Shades of Grey. Never read the book. But I like the film.
R: That I am often mistaken for Kanye West.
Which question should we have asked?
K: How did you become part of Enaka?
R: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
K: #enakaclo ;)