A few questions answered by the proprietor of Empire Ltd. Studio, Mr. James Carter:
Q: James where are you from?
A: I grew up In Cleveland Ohio. My mother was a Professional Cosmetologist and my father a Tailor and Dry Cleaner. I absolutely had no choice but to pay attention to fashion trends. The motto around our house was, “if you look good you feel good, if you feel good you will do good”.
Q: How do you think your business fills a need in the community?
A: Empire Ltd Studio offers Upscale Men’s Consignment Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Dry Cleaning / Laundry, and Shoe Maintenance / Repair. Empire Ltd quality products and services fills a void that is currently not offered in South Carolina, an upscale men’s only resale/consignment store. Greer’s downtown main street atmosphere compliments the personal experience for shopping in a specialty store like mine.
Q: Why was it important for you to open your own business?
A: Opening up my own business gives me the opportunity to reach out. My plans are to work with the local communities, business organizations and schools demonstrating personal imaging. I’m currently conducting interviewing preparation classes and business “Dress for Success” demonstrations concentrating on personal imaging at local community, business and school events. I have several events that I have organize to accomplish this. Introducing Empire’s “Prep Academy”, I would like to work with the area High Schools, (Mauldin, Woodmont and Hillcrest) to assist young men to develop a proper sense of style and etiquette. They will learn what to wear and how to prepare for a job or college interview.
Q: What personally drove you to pursue an “Upscale Men’s Consignment Studio”?
A: I received the support and recommendation from Van Broad, the Economic Development / Civic Center Director of Fountain Inn. Van is a client of mine who suggested that I open a men’s retail store in Fountain Inn where my sense of style and business expertise could be utilized. I also have tremendous support from other friends and colleagues whom over the years have become clients as well. Opening the only upscale men’s consignment studio in the upstate has provided me with the ability to examine more options for me personally and develop a broader business prospectus.
Q: What is unique about your business?
A: Empire Ltd Studio and Empirebowties.com both provide highly fashionable one of kind selections for men from around the world. We also provide assistance with “Wardrobe Analysis and Design, Personal Shopping, Dry Cleaning / Laundry and Shoe maintenance / Repair Services. Empire Ltd. Studio offers designer gently worn suits, sports coats, dress shirts, pants, shoes and accessories.
Q: What is unique about your story?
A: Before I opened Empire Ltd. Studio, Empirebowties.com started as a small online business to help educate and provide unique fashions for the distinguished gentleman. Along with my love for fashion, I also have a passion for working with non-profit organizations, which included Meals On Wheels, Goodwill Industries and Pendleton Place Children Shelter to name a few. I was determined to find a way to support and assist non-profit organizations raise more funding and at the same time share my love for fashion. Voila! Empire Bow Ties was created to help support several non-profit organizations raise money for their cause while at the same time provide Custom Hand Made Bow Ties for the discerning man who loves to wear bow ties. Half of all profits from a purchased bow tie will be donated to any supported Non-Profit when the special code identifying the non-profit is used during the purchasing of any bow tie on our web site. The special code can normally be found in the fundraising category of the supported non-profits web page. For special events and weddings Men of all ages are great candidates for Empire “Custom” Bow Ties.
Q: Who does your business serve primarily?
A: Empire Ltd. Studio and Empirebowties.com was created specifically for men with exquisite good taste. But we’ve found that men from all forms of work and play enjoy our products and we’re very happy to serve them!.