A UNC student founded his own clothing line in an attempt to inspire students to achieve their goals.
Jalon Cooper, a sophomore studying exercise and sports science, launched VZN Clothing in early August. Originally he was going to just make a shirt for himself, but when other people saw the logo and showed interest in the message, he decided to expand the brand.
“The goal is to inspire others to visualize their goals and to stay focused on their visions,” Cooper said. “I just wanted to take that message and inspire others to each day visualize their goals and remain focused in the process of achieving them.”
Cooper said he loves the feeling of being a student entrepreneur. He’s still a student first, he said, but it is a surreal feeling to follow his passion at the same time.
VZN Clothing is different than other brands because it is focused on its message rather than its popularity, said Gustavo Panduro, a friend of Cooper’s.