CARY, NC 27513

  • italian fabric
  • custom menswear
  • hand made designs
  • shirts, business and dress

Elevator Pitch:

MICHAEL IJI – International designer │Italian-style │Made in the U.S. We create menswear, designer shirts, accessories without patterns!

Tell us about your business, what inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

Michael Iji has designed clothing for over 25 years. As a teen, he learned the business in Nigeria as a means of support to his family. His skill was refined in Italy as working in local fashion houses helped develop his eye for detail and his studiousness improved the fit and his technique of designing men's dress shirts. He also creates suit accessories, such as ties, bowties, hankies and vests, along with bridal robes for women, alterations, tailoring, custom styles and some upholstery

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

We have been impeded from progress by lack of advertising dollars and supply purchases - we have demand but lack ample supply and sufficient marketing. Our winning a grant from FedEx will have impact far beyond just ourselves, as we will 1) boost local printing, shipping and graphic design businesses by using their services; 2) employ at least two disadvantaged persons who have exceptional skill but lack opportunities and 3) share as we grow, continuing in our current weekly community services.


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