About The Creative Director
Written by Tweety Elitou
Creativity cannot be stopped in a cage nor can talent be stifled behind bars! These words were inspired after social media was introduced to “Rashod Stanley”, AKA the artist “Atlanta Santana” an Atlanta-native who took his designer skills to create a fashion line—while being incarcerated.
Recently, (March 2019) the 25-year-old inmate went viral after a video clip surfaced of him modeling clothing from his "The Trenches" line, which he made using prison uniforms and materials.
“I would like to think I was the flyest guy in high school and on the streets,” Shod, who's currently locked up on unarmed robbery charges, told The Shade Room.
According to a GoFundMe page, at the age of 19, Shod owned his very own store on Bankhead Hwy. (a high crime, low income area) in Atlanta, Ga. before getting caught up with the wrong crowd. Now he’s on a mission to share his story, create clothing and inspire others not to go down the wrong path.
“I want people to know my story because Location Doesn't Determine Destination. I want to inspire others to make something out of nothing and reach their full potential without making excuses,” Shod said. “I want to be a mentor and public speaker to at-risk kids that’s following down the wrong path.”
Although Shod currently sews his clothing using dental floss and a paper clip, his goal is to make his fashion line shopable for all.
“I want to make a name for myself as a fashion designer in the fashion community. I also want to start a nonprofit organization for low-income communities in Atlanta and eventually expand nationwide,” Shod said.
"The Trenches" is a versatile platform that was all about the individual lifestyle coming up in the trenches. It isn't just a clothing line, but mediums for any average person to finally take the stepping stone to be the person they ultimately strive to be.
A portion of all proceeds will be donated towards giving back to “THE TRENCHES” community. We gave away school supplies with over 100 book bags to kids in need this past school season.
The Trenches is meant to inspire people to find their own happiness without having to succumb to the norms of society. The mission isn't just to supply high quality underground clothing, but to depict overall lifestyle to the best of my ability. The style is meant to symbolize unity, integrity, and clarity of mind.
Whenever you get to where it is you plan on going in life remain humble, count your blessings, and never forget where you came from.
CEO-Rashod Stanley ©2012
To read more about Rashod Stanley click the links below:
If you would like to donate to Rashod Stanley visit his gofundme page or Cashapp $THETRENCHESCEO
These funds will assist with his parole attorney fees and ensure his online business is a success.
We are currently in the process of manufacturing more of the clothing he made while incarcerated. These items are very popular and sold out fast. Stay tuned....
Thank you in advance for your support!
Please click the link below to sign the petition:
Rashod Stanley also known as artist “Atlanta Santana” first EP is coming soon! Listen to his song called “Homesick” here.