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MISTR PRESENTS | MELVIN TANAYA

No investors, no formal training, starting from nothing and turning that into an empire through.

Picture this; a young man about to embark on a career that would garner him every success imaginable. An exceptional mind with little to nothing holding him back, except for a small glint of ‘what if?’ Through sheer determination of will, Melvin Tanaya was able to create his eclectic clothing brand ‘Song for the Mute’ with nary the ability to sew.

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Discontent with the fit of men’s shirts, Melvin did what any visionary would do; he made his own. Seeking the aid of high school friend and eventual collaborator and co-founder of SFTM, Melvin was able to craft his ideal threads.

The initial idea for a shirt led way to more and more garments until the need to fill a now apparent void in the menswear market became apparent. Fast forward roughly 10 years (and several pairs of new balance later) and ‘Song For The Mute’ has reached a near global fever pitch, amassing a cult following of die hard fans ready to ink the labels syllables into their skin.

 

From working out of the back of a car to not being able to keep up with the mass of orders flying his way, Melvin Tanaya has proved that a traditional education is not necessary to reach the summits of success.

For more on Melvin and Song For The Mute, visit songforthemute.com


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