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CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
Founder & Creator - Joshua Scacheri
This week ABF interviewed Joshua Scacheri the Founder & Creator of LOVE HERO on what his narrative is, what propels him forward and what holds him back.
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Let’s start by telling everyone a little bit about your story Josh – how did you get into fashion and what led you to where you are today?
Thank you for having me.
I began my career in sports and transitioned to fashion whilst living in Italy. It had such a profound influence on the way people lived it truly inspired me. Also, I stayed in the part of Italy famous for designer accessories so I was always surrounded by it. I was taught to make shoes by close friends who had fashion factories that went back generations for the likes of Gucci and Prada. Fashion is a way of life and expression. It inspired me so much I ended up changing careers and here we are today.
What is LOVE HERO all about? Tell us the narrative behind the label? What current narrative in the fashion industry you are trying to change?
LOVE HERO is a concept dreamt a few years back between my partner Tanja and friend/designer Heather (currently in NY) many moons ago. But life took over. Kids + family responsibilities, it was always on the back burner. Last year during Covid I was made redundant as a fashion design + manager for DAKS. When this happened I had some time to revisit what I actually wanted to do. Ultimately working for myself and creating a brand that had meaning and a focus has always been something that has inspired me. A brand with a purpose, a vision and a dream.
During this time I had a fantastic opportunity. I was cast as a contestant for a show on Amazon prime called Making the Cut (Season 2), presented by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. This gave me a platform to launch LOVE HERO and bring it to life.
What has been the hardest thing about getting LOVE HERO off the ground?
The hardest thing about getting LOVE HERO off the ground is ensuring the message has been portrayed correctly and clearly. As we are currently self funded. We are also constantly thinking of creative, cost-efficient ways to develop the business and make a difference.
LOVE HERO is focused on people and the planet. With this comes a responsibly to do everything in a sustainable and ethical way ensuring all processes are transparent. This involves a lot of research and is also much more costly than the traditional fashion model. Only now are consumers showing interest in sustainable practices. It can sometimes be hard to convey the message to really influence people to take note and invest their time and money on an alternative product like ours. We are also very heavily focused on colour and print as we know the positive effects dopamine dressing and colour therapy has. Again as some people are used to wearing all black this will take time to influence.
What are your fears moving forward?
I don’t have fears moving forward. I look at every situation as a challenge to problem solve. The main challenge is finding and aligning with the right people to support innovation and sustainability. Unfortunately online commerce is ever changing and very competitive and it can be hard to be seen amongst other mainstream brands that pump so much capital into marketing.
For you personally, what has been one narrative that you feel has held you back and one that has propelled you forward?
Very good question. A narrative that has held me back has been that fashion is hard, competitive, requires constant capital. It’s fickle and you need to be in a fashion city to make it.
A narrative that propels me forward is “never give up”. I learnt this though being in sports, it pushes me to prove otherwise. In addition I have a personal drive to become successful doing what I love. I am passionate about so this also helps propel me forward and keep me focused.
Choose one inspiring narrative you like to live your life by.
An inspiring narrative I like to live by is that vision is a dream of an idea. I am all about the journey, the destination is nice but the journey is what counts most. Also…. never give up!
Lastly, what is your favourite song?
This blog is all about building a community of people who want to Change The Narrative for the better. If you want to share your story on our blog please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We celebrate stories because stories and the narratives we tell ourselves dictate our lives.
Love Amy + The ABF Team