Q- Where are you from and what’s your name and age?
A- Hello, My name is Daniel Jean-Baptiste better know as Dutta, Dutta man, Frnch or Mr. Frnch BLÙ. I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York on Warburton ave where I spent most of my life.
Q-When did you start working on your line?
A- FRNCH BLÙ was founded April 1st, 2016. While I was alone in the apartment of a family members house listening to music on one of my days off from work. I texted my co-worker/ friend that morning at 9:25 a.m. “Good Morning” she then responded with “Good morning, your kicks come out 2mrw 🤔you sure you want them ?”I replied “Yea, I’m sure lol” and from that text forward my company was born FRNCH BLÙ. Can you guess what sneakers were coming out that next day as she mentioned? Jordan 12’s with the french blue colorway.
Q-Describe your line in 3 words?
A- If I was to describe my brand in three words it would be Love, Forever, Universal, because love is forever úniversal
Q-What or who INSPIRED you to start your business?
A- My desire for design and fashion is one of many major parts of what inspired me to start a business. In the very beginning I was so nervous because I didn’t know where to begin. As a child I grew accustom to frequently hearing things like “No don’t do that” or “That’s s not a very good idea” which put me in a potion of self doubt. This continued as I entered high school but my desire for design grew much more and I had a great interest in being an Architect. Things didn’t go as planned so I took graphic design. Fast forwarding to the day I actually started my business thinking back on my life experiences help give me a push.
Q- Since starting your business have you had any setbacks?
A- Set Back is like my middle name ! I can name a few no money, very little supports, bad spending habits. With all these set backs being back to back things became very overwhelming. I remember when I first started I sold about 24 hats and made approximately $600 and took that money and added it towards my rent because I was short. A set back to remember and also one I haven’t been able to come back from.
Q- How did you overcome it?
A-The one thing that helped me over come the thought of this lost is making a promise that I will never do that again and continue putting every dollar back in to the business.
Q- What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry?
A- One thing that sets me apart from my competitors is I have the desire to get my hands dirty and learn everything required in a position or at least understand and have an idea of how things work before I hire anyone else to do the job for me.
Q-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A- Before this year is over I would love to be on the Forbes list 30 under 30 but in the next 5 years I would love to have provided over 1,000 jobs between here and Haiti where both my parents are from. I also would love for my relationship with god to be 1,000 percent solid so solid that with in the 5 year process it touches and changes the lives of many ppl around me, the world and my home town.
Q- What do you want people to know about your merchandise?
A- My product is affrodable, unique, comfortable and an art of my emotions expressed in clothing form.
Q- Provide your social media and/or other contact information where people can see and/or ask questions about your brand
A- Instagram Business : @FRNCHBLU @FRNCHBLUKIDS @FRNCHBLULADIES
Twitter Business : @FRNCHBLU
Personal : @_DUTTAMAN