From Hearing Times:
A young entrepreneur has launched a new online clothing brand, after initially being told he would never succeed in business because he is deaf.
James Boyle, who was born deaf and now uses a cochlear implant to help him hear, has launched an online clothing brand called Paradice. The business sells T-shirts, shirts, and trousers, which all include Paradice’s trademark dice motif.
Mr Boyle takes his inspiration from a number of influences including club and rave culture, festivals, and 1970s interior design.
Describing his clothing, Mr Boyle said: “With my clothing range, my inspiration and ideas actually thrive on nostalgia and the way art and the rave scene made and continues to make people to feel.
“The current collection is aimed at a particular type of man – a man who lives his life in the spirit of both the 1980s and 1990s – a time of free thinking, expanding horizons and limitless possibilities. Paradice takes this message and transforms it into clothing that defines a man in search for the hedonistic lifestyle.”
Despite being deaf, Mr Boyle says music is a major influence on his designs. Due to his disability, the entrepreneur feels music rather than hears it. He originally found his talent for designing clothing after he started selling tie-dyed T-shirts to fund his place at university. After the garments sold out, he decided to give up his university place and go into business with his sister Nikki.
The duo are now receiving support and mentoring from Julie Blackie, who is financial director of successful online clothing retailer Pink Boutique. Ms Blackie said: “I love the enthusiasm and design flair of James and Nikki. They have developed a brand that is stylish yet inexpensive and will form a very niche and influential part of the fashion market. “I recognised their talent but realised that they needed extra support in marketing their clothing and general business acumen. I can’t help seeing a similarity in how Pink Boutique started life with a small amount of cash and big ideas.
“I’m delighted to help them in any way I can and believe that they will experience the same success that we have.”