The dynamic duo of Father and Son, Derrick and Julyan Grant brings fashion to the next level! Coincidentally their brand entitled Next Level World, focuses on art, music and fashion interacting with each other. Derrick whom earned his Ph.D at McGill University, is a former scientist that taught in medical schools, however art was always his true calling. The elder Mr. Grant parents weren’t fond of their son pursuing a career path within the Arts, it didn’t stop Derrick though he secretly minored in art courses and never lost hopes of his dreams. Derrick and his wife Shirnett were extreme workaholics never having the sufficient personal time for the growing family. Derrick took the initiative to become a stay at home parent and focus on his artwork that blossomed. Derrick’s son Julyan always had a passion for skateboarding and rapping. His father actually designed some of Julyan’s cd covers. One day Julyan came up with the idea of combining his father’s artistic talents along with his skateboarding and music to create the men’s clothing and skateboarding line Next Level World.
What obviously makes the designs unique comes from Derrick’s cell and molecular biology background. Derrick describes the art consisting of biology and human beings; he is more interested in the makes of a person. Julyan became very influential in Derricks designs through his music. Derrick mention while he listen to his sons music it made his style of artwork more aggressive unintentionally. Julyan’s love/hobby for skateboarding further created a unique line of designer skateboards! Ironically Derrick wasn’t too thrilled with his son’s hobby originally. Next Level World has a unique process to the production of their fashion it starts with the imagination, hand and/or computer sketch then the print out of the work with using acrylics and oil paint according to Derrick.
Next level World fashion is a mixer of Julyan’s skateboarder life and music production with urban and aggressive style partially inspired by his upbringing in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. However in addition to this style comes the couture line inspired by his father Derrick and mom Shirnett (whom actually sews the clothing) both originally coming from Montreal, Quebec. According to Shirnett they are moving into ties, women’s clothing, casual clothing and high end dress wear. The beginnings of the couture line made its’ debut at Atlantic City Fashion Week back in February.
The Dynamic duo of Father and Son designers’ stress this is not just any other fashion line in the industry. They stress Next Level is representing a solid connection with the art.
It is indeed done with love check out the official website to view and purchase their fashion designs:
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