A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
INCUBATING
CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION AND CULTURE

MISSION

CULTIVATING BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

SOLE FOLKS CULTIVATES THE CREATIVE PURSUITS OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS THROUGH AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM, A MENTORSHIP ECOSYSTEM AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

VISION

POTENTIAL, REALIZED.

WE ARE DEDICATED TO A WORLD IN WHICH
THE FOUNDATIONS OF BLACK CREATIVITY ARE
FORTIFIED, ACTIVATED AND ECONOMICALLY
SUSTAINED.

WHY

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS OFTEN LACK:

INNOVATIVE EDUCATION TO FORMULATE THEIR IDEAS.

FINANCIAL MEANS TO START UP THEIR FORMULATION.

A BUILT-IN NETWORK TO SCALE THEIR STARTUP.

WHAT

SOLE FOLKS IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE THAT EMPOWERS EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS WITH ACCESS TO THE SUPPORT, RESOURCES AND RETAIL CHANNELS OF PROMINENT ENTREPRENEURS.

THE SOLE FOLKS LAB IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT, DISPENSING THE EARLY HUMAN CAPITAL AND FINANCIAL CAPITAL FOR ARTISTS, DESIGNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO FULFILL THEIR POTENTIAL. THEIR MISSION IS OUR MISSION.

HOW

SOLE FOLKS BRINGS THE STRUCTURE AND STIMULATION NECESSARY TO CATAPULT CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS TOWARDS SUCCESS.

• CURRICULUM

12 WEEK PROGRAM.
36 STRATEGY SESSIONS LED BY SOLE MENTORS.
GROUP PROJECTS TO FACILITATE COLLABORATION.
CULMINATING PITCH SESSION AND POP-UP SHOP.

  • RESOURCES

ACCESS TO WORK AREAS, EQUIPMENT
AND TECHNOLOGY. ACCESS TO
INDUSTRY PROS. ACCESS TO RETAIL
SPACE ALONGSIDE PROMINENT BRANDS.

  • STARTUP SCHOLARSHIPS +
    CREATIVE INTERNSHIPS

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE
PROGRAM, GRADUATES MAY ACCESS STARTUP
FUNDING, AS WELL AS INTERNSHIPS AT
LEADING COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD.

  • GLOBAL
    ALUMNI NETWORK

GRADUATES JOIN AN ALUMNI
NETWORK TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER
AND TO MENTOR THE NEXT INCOMING
CLASSES OF THE SOLE FOLKS LAB.

THE SYMBIOTIC CORE,
THE SOLE FOLKS STORE

OUR HIGH-END SOCIAL RETAIL STORE FEATURES EMERGING DESIGNERS ALONGSIDE THE MOST PROMINENT, CUTTING EDGE BRANDS AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING TIER 0 SNEAKER ACCOUNTS.

AS SUCH, SOLE FOLKS IS A PLATFORM FOR ESTABLISHED CREATIVES TO SUPPORT EMERGING CREATIVES – THE RESULTING REVENUE FINANCES AND FUELS THE OPERATIONS OF THE SOLE FOLKS LAB.

THIS POWERFUL ACT OF GIVING BACK SETS FORTH AN EVERLASTING RIPPLE EFFECTTHE FUTURE ESTABLISHED, NOW EMERGING CREATIVES IN OUR PROGRAM WILL THEMSELVES USE THEIR SUCCESS TO INSPIRE AND SUPPORT EVEN MORE GENERATIONS.

WHEN

LOCAL IN SUPPORT, GLOBAL IN REACH.

THE SOLE FOLKS STORE + LAB IS LOCATED IN THE VIBRANT LEIMERT PARK COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS AREA HAS BECOME THE CENTER OF BOTH HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART, MUSIC, AND CULTURE IN LOS ANGELES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THERE IS A VOID OF SHOPS WITH TIER 0 SNEAKER ACCOUNTS AND
LUXURY STREETWEAR – BOTH OF WHICH ARE IN HIGH DEMAND FROM THE YOUNGER
GENERATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.

THIS IS WHERE SOLE FOLKS STEPS IN…

OUR CURATED COLLECTIONS WILL ENCOMPASS THE CONTEMPORARY AND THE FUTURE BRANDS OF BLACK CREATIVES. THE DESIGN OF THE RETAIL SPACE ITSELF COHESIVELY INCORPORATES BOTH NOSTALGIC AND MODERN AESTHETICS IN 3,000+ SF – A VISUAL QUEUE TO REMEMBER THE PAST WHILE BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE.

WITH A GLOBAL ECOMMERCE PLATFORM AND NETWORK OF MENTORS, SOLE FOLKS WILL INCUBATE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS LOCALLY, WHILE EMPOWERING THEM TO GROW ON THE WORLD STAGE. 

CO-FOUNDERS + LEADERSHIP

AKIL WEST

CEO

Experienced nonprofit leader and financial literacy author, focusing on providing opportunities to underserved populations. Black Owned and Operated, Hood Gardens, Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Money.

AUTUMN BREON

DIRECTOR, SOLE FOLKS LAB

Educational leader, nonprofit
entrepreneur, community organizer and public speaker.
Aspen Institute, Ashoka,
STEMgineers, African School for
Excellence. Stanford University

TAZ ARNOLD

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

Acclaimed designer (collabs including MCM) and Grammy winning producer (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar), with audiences craving his next projects.
TI$A, Sa-Ra.

OUR CORE VALUES

CREATIVE

C O L L A B O R A T I V E

C U L T U R A L

SOLE FOLKS HQ
4317 DEGNAN BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90008

PHONE NUMBER
323.815.1155

EMAIL ADDRESS
team@solefolks.com

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