Sitting on a stack of binders in senior Tadean Page’s office is a black cap with the phrase “Legalize Black” knitted in. Bleached blotches decorate his cap stylishly, a product of his line of T-shirts and caps called Vision.
When the webpage for Vision opens, a quote fades in, saying: “So what they don’t understand your vision? It’s yours to put to work.” Page hopes to influence people and bring motivation with his clothing line.
“You have to have a vision to make something happen. You have to have a plan. You have to have a goal. You can do anything in life. You can conquer anything in life but you have to have a plan or vision,” Page said.
His business started last September, picking up traction around November. Page also improved his marketing and branding through social media, his hats becoming a popular product during that period. Some students on campus can be seen sporting Vision t-shirts or hats saying “Educated Black Queen” or “Legalize Melanin.”
“We’re in a time now, especially with everything going on in the media and the news, where those messages wanted to be portrayed, and people wanted to portray those messages in a greater way. So, they did that through my hats and shirts,” Page said, “I’m happy I came at the right time. Students have picked up on this message, this message of hope.”
Along with his business, Page is the Council of Student Leaders President on Winthrop’s campus and participates in two more organizations, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Winthrop’s chapter of the NAACP. He is also a full-time senior with an individualized studies major and organizational leadership concentration.
Ever since he started his business, Page experienced some benefits and opportunities. He also credits his time management skills and planning for his stability.
“It was never about becoming rich from this, I could care less, but it was a financial blessing. Being able to promote motivation and give them hope is a blessing. Meeting new people, especially people I’ve never met or heard of,” Page said. “Seeing people catch onto a vision is a real-life example of what I’m promoting. You can do anything regardless of where you come from. If you put out inspiring things, people will grab onto that.”
Page’s challenge with balancing school, his extracurricular activities and his business is making time for himself. “I’m always busy and focusing on so many things,” Page said. However, he makes sure to find peace and joy in his life despite his workload.
“I’m focusing on Tadean. I’m only as good to the world as I am to myself. I can’t give the world something I don’t have. Giving myself time is a challenge but I’m getting better at that,” Page said.