Trahant credits his mom for his love of fashion. “She worked at Saks in New Orleans for almost 30 years.” The fashion groupie remembers going to the store to visit her while daydreaming about designer labels.
The label of Trahant’s line reads “classic + modern + creative.” “I love old traditional polos and button-ups, but they can be a stalemate in your closet. I want to put a new generational twist on classic clothing,” he says. His latest collection includes a polo-esque shirt with a gingham collar.
Trahant wants all of his words to mean something. His favorite ones are tattooed all over as a visual reminder. He has also published them on two albums. He wants other artists to take note. “I challenge other artists to speak about other things than drinking, women and cars,” he says. “People should use music as a goal to reach people.”
In a name
“I came up with the name for my Rivers 2 Ocean line from a world religion class that I took in school,” Trahant admits. “The river symbolizes us as people, and the ocean is our goal or destiny.” He hopes his collection will evolve into greater things, because his ultimate goal is to give back to the community.
Trahant wouldn’t give too much away, but he says that “traditional ties with a twist” should be coming soon from Rivers 2 Ocean, and possibly a cardigan.
Made in KC
All of the items in Trahant’s line are made in Kansas City. He hopes producing goods locally is good for the economy and for bringing folks together for a worthy purpose.
For fashion advice, Trahant relies on a female friend who attended fashion school. He also counts on his family and, most important, his mom. He plans to graduate from Park University soon with a degree in political science and international studies. “I hope it gives me an idea of how the world works.”