If he had followed his parents’ advice, he would be working in an office as an accountant. They once ran their own sewing school in Vietnam and knew that success in the fashion industry takes an enormous amount of hard work and patience.
Take a stroll on East Pike Street in Capitol Hill and one might walk right on by the Rock Paper Scissors store with its nondescript facade. The face of this business may be understated (with only a logo indicating its existence), but the heart and vision that lie within the storeowners radiate more than any neon sign.
It’s built into our psyches from an early age: If you get hurt, Grandma gives you a cookie. If you don’t get asked to the prom or make the football team, you comfort yourself with a burger, fries and a milkshake. The job is upsetting to you, so you eat a pizza.