One day a couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling randomly through my Instagram feed when I discovered fashion stylist, Keith Reed, Jr. His Instagram handle is @sirkeithington. The name caught me first. Then, the pictures. Then, his posts. It was evident that this man is a visionary. I had to talk to him, and I was delighted when he accepted. This is a visionary profile of Keith Reed, Jr.–or better yet–SirKeithington. I feel like I should greet him as, “SirKeithington, Dah-ling!”
Q: You describe yourself as an ordinary guy with an unordinary vision. Tell me about that.
Gwen, I mean…I’m just your average Joe, a kid that lives in New Jersey. The vision and the dreams that I have are only things that I know that God can do through me. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of those things that are in my mind and that I really feel in my heart without His power and control. What I mean by “ordinary”–it’s because of the fact that I know they’re so big, I can’t do them alone. That’s exactly what I feel and what I see in why I believe I’m sent here on this earth.
Q: So, tell me about A Gentleman’s Journi.
A Gentleman’s Journi is a personal consulting/styling services company. What we do is we save people time so they can spend time doing the things that they really love to do–like spending time with their family and their friends. And then, we save people money. Of course, that’s another big thing so they can put it towards things that actually mean something in life at the end of the day for the future. And to have people looking and operating at their best. When it comes to blue collar, white collar, creative projects, music videos, photo shoots, even movies–we facilitate those services to cater toward whatever category or lifestyle that person or company needs.
Q: Have you always known that you’re a visionary?
Yeah. I’ve known that since I was a kid. Even in preschool, I would always daydream a lot. On my progress reports, my teachers would say, “Keith. He’s in the room, but he’s not in the room. He’s always looking up into the sky and daydreaming.” Even when it comes to what my dad has been doing for 35 years. Seeing him do and travel across the world, I’m thinking in my mind, “I want to do that, but I want to do it like this and like that.” I was always dreaming with the end goal in mind.
Q: So, tell me some more about the vision. What’s the big picture?
The big picture, Gwen…The way that I see the company that my brother and I have been blessed with is that this isn’t just a company about fashion. This company is made and designed to pour into people’s lives on an internal level. In the industry, some people use fashion and clothes to cover up. It is our job, and one of our passions, to make them express through clothing who they really are. And that’s not hiding anything. When it comes to digging deeper and developing that character and making sure that the inside matches the outside. That is the overall picture. When it comes to the influence that we’re going to have, we are going to be all over the globe, not just via fashion, but when it comes to mentoring kids, when it comes to having different programs across the globe when we’re giving clothes and giving resources to people that don’t necessarily have the means to have them. We are going to be developing different relationships that puts us on different platforms that allows our light to shine on these platforms where darkness is. Being recognized as one of the most influential fashion consulting brands in the world, if not the one. It’s going to be something epic that only God is going to be able to do. In a nutshell, that’s it.
Q: How does attention to detail in styling parallel attention to detail in life?
It’s the little things that really count and really go the long way. I’m a big, big advocate of being my best self in private so that I may be able to be the best person that I can be in public. And just the little things when it comes to doing what you’re doing in private–when you wake up in the morning, what is your routine? What are the little small things that people don’t necessarily notice if they don’t have that eye, but they have a big impact on your life later on? When it comes to what I do when I wake up in the morning, when it comes to how often I am praying and meditating, and when it comes to being an advocate for things that I really, really am passionate about, in private–not so much on a major stage. When I translate these different things into fashion, it’s the little small things like the handkerchief in your pocket, or the pin on your lapel, or the cuff on your shirt–even the cuff in your pant or the small little color in your shoe that goes with the collar of your shirt, that brings the outfit to life. Little things like that really go the long way, and they make the difference.
Q: Tell me more about the “journi”. What’s this visionary lifestyle like for you?
Well, it’s tough! It’s not easy. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes, especially when you’re alone. You start to feel insecure about different things. You sometimes get distracted by other people and what they’re doing and how much success they’re having. Those things play a part in making you question, “Maybe I should do it this way?” That in itself, that is a job. That’s an 8-hour situation all by itself. But when it comes to really locking in to–number one–who you are as a person and what you know God has put inside you, submitting to what He has for your life, and allowing Him to lead it. That definitely brings a different perspective of peace and relieves the anxiety from your shoulders at times, if not all the times. Those little small things, Gwen, they can really have a massive impact on somebody’s life–or on your life, or my life as an individual, if I’m not conscious in identifying, “Why am I feeling this way?” At the end of the day, if we don’t identify why we feel the way we feel, it’s going to end up hurting us in the future. It may even hold us back from what we’re supposed to be doing.
These questions cover only the first 12 minutes of “Visionary Profile: Keith ‘SirKeithington’ Reed, Jr.” Click here to listen to the full interview.