From one of the most provocative entrepreneurs of our time, Marc Ecko reveals his formula for building an authentic brand or business in a compelling how-to guide that’s perfect to “educate the next generation of dreamers” (Kirkus Reviews).
As instructive as it is innovative, Unlabel empowers you to channel your creativity, find the courage to defy convention, and summon the confidence to act and compete in any environment.
This visual blueprint teaches you how to grow both creatively and commercially by testing your personal brand against the principles of the Authenticity Formula.
Marc Ecko shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents’ garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms—Ecko Unltd. and Complex Media. As Ecko explains, it’s not enough to simply merge your inner artist with business savvy, you must understand the anatomy of a brand, starting with its authentic spine.
With Unlabel, you will discover your own voice by overcoming fear, take action and deliver on your promises, understand why failure is essential, learn how your product or service makes people feel, and recognize if your nostalgia for the past is hampering your ability to envision your future.
Unlabel provides a bold and honest approach to building an authentic personal brand, and a roadmap for growing a bootstrap start-up into a sustainable business.
Urbanwear king Ecko (founder of Ecko Unlimited and owner of Complex Media) narrates his rise to glory, thinly disguised as a how-to guide to true-to-yourself success. "I am a brand, but I am not a label... you too are a brand," begins this overblown though beautifully designed and illustrated book-length ode to the author's own greatness. Applying his "Authenticity Formula," the reader can overcome fear, take action, follow his or her purpose, and execute on ideas. But this is just a prelude; the heart of the book is an exhaustive history of Ecko's rise from goofy kid to entrepreneur selling his own airbrushed T-shirts. He charts the ups and downs of running a growing business, from his first breaks getting street cred from DJs and other influencers to figuring out the manufacturing and fulfillment processes, to eventually achieving hard-won fame. His overall message is positive: "Refuse to be labeled." But the rest of his tossed-off advice is a sop thrown out to would-be entrepreneurs. This is hubris disguised as how-to.
Glad I was finally able to finish this book. It's very well written in everyday language which makes it an easy read. Marc is an inspiration to my life and business.
Could do w/o the 'formula' but otherwise insightful and entertaining read
Marc incessantly hits the reader over the head with incessant references the to 'formula' for building an 'awethentic' 'brand' he introduces at the beginning, but if you can ignore that, the book is a compelling account of how to start a clothing business and provides many concrete examples of what to do, along with plenty of mistakes he made that any aspiring entrepreneur can learn from.
Unexpected Joy to Ride!
Must admit I didn’t anticipate that I would find a book by Marc Ecko so insightful and inspiring. But this little gem is both of these. Great read for all. Especially the part about how important creating is to everyday life.