Embrace Your Inner Ghost
is a clothing brand based out of Shreveport, Louisiana with a diverse set of garments and accessories that you won't want to miss. We spoke with the founder Nicolas about his experience starting Ghost Supply as an outlet to help him during a tough time in his life to now working with SuicideBoys, Ghostemane, and many other underground artists while building a community of likeminded supporters. In addition, we also spoke with Nicolas about his upcoming August 23rd release, his new augmented reality lookbook, and his plans to continue to grow and allow his community to connect with one another with live events and new online experiences.
Where are you from?
Nicolas: I’m from Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s a really small town in Louisiana that's literally 15 minutes from Texas.
When did you start Ghost Supply?
Nicolas: I started Ghost Supply in 2015 when I was in college. It was the only thing that kept me there. I only stayed 1 year though.
How did you come up with the name?
Nicolas: I had a brand before this that I started my senior year of high school. I named it NO IDOL$ but after a year I couldn’t relate to the name anymore. When I started Ghost Supply I was doing everything alone, all the manufacturing, designing, and shipping so I decided to name it after me which was LeftGhost. The name Ghost Supply comes from the ghost that's supplying the clothes.
What made you want to start a clothing brand?
Nicolas: I wanted to start a brand to use it as an outlet to release depression. At the time I had a bad habit of shutting people out and not telling anyone my problems. I actually still have that problem today but I’ve gotten a lot better at not doing that. I used the brand to connect to people. The purpose of starting No Idol$ was to find myself, and the purpose with Ghost Supply was to start a community that I could live in. I wanted to use it as a way to find more people like myself.
How did you build the initial buzz behind the brand?
Nicolas: My initial buzz started in college. I had a lot of people that saw what I was doing and wanted to help. A couple months after starting it I was working with Sgrillamane, Genshin, Puffinlye, Sb IV Short, Ramirez, SuicideBoys, Black Smurf & Ghostemane. I’ve always wanted to stay in the underground scene because underground music was pretty much all I listened to during my high school years. I also met some talented people like Oseanworld, Ct6000, & Dead Hippie around that time. After working with them I was a lot happier in my personal life because I had people around me that inspired me to create better stuff and push my boundaries.
Where did you come up with the idea for the “LeftGhost” animated mascot?
Nicolas: Leftghost started as a comic I made in 2013 during a really dark time in my life. I had issues in my relationship that I couldn’t understand and school was trash. Out of frustration I drew an image of myself with a shadow on each side of me. The one on the left was named left and the one on the right was named ghost. They both shared my personality split in half. They were my guardian angels and people I would talk to when I needed help in the comic. Left was the rude, fun, and wild one and ghost was the collected, strategic one. With that I used it to express myself and explore how I thought about stuff.
What does he represent?
Nicolas: LeftGhost is me. The way he looks and talks is how I saw myself when I looked in the mirror. He can be funny and he can also be scary. It just depends on what side you're on.
What was the inspiration behind the pieces on your most recent July 12th drop?
Nicolas: The theme of that release was lightning. It had a symbolic meaning to say that you're gonna hear me strike now, but you may not hear me strike here again in a while. When you hear a lightning strike you may hear it once and it’s gone or you might hear it again, it really just depends. I’ve been doing anime hoodies and shirts since I started back in 2015. Now it seems overused so I'm thinking about leaving it alone. I’ve been creating anime collections for the last couple of months, but I think it’s time for Ghost Supply to go in a different direction.
Which piece on that release was your favorite?
Nicolas: My favorite item was the Lightning Hat because that was the first time I released an all-over print hat. I was very happy with how it turned out.
What was the inspiration behind the limited black hoodies you recently dropped?
Nicolas: The original Manga Hoodie came from me trying to make the craziest item I possibly could. I had an embroidered hoodie that was laying around and I decided to print all over it. I had no intent to actually release it as multiple pieces since it was a 1 of 1 at first. They take about 5 hours to make from embroidery to printing. I started doing themes for these styled hoodies since they became popular and I love berserk so I used Guts as a the main character for this one because I felt like him at the time. I also used a blood splatter design because it was the theme of the logo at the time.
Does anime have a big influence on your work?
Nicolas: When I created Ghost Supply I was heavily inspired by the community that Adult Swim had. From the culture, shows, music, and even the commercials I took that idea and applied it to my childhood to tell a story. I took my childhood and blended it with nostalgia and made designs that way so that it would be familiar and relatable to my audience. My best nostalgic memories come from my games, anime and wrestling.
What appeals to you about the black aesthetic behind the brand?
Nicolas: I started the black aesthetic because I literally wore all black everywhere for 6 years. I had no other color clothing at all, everything was black including my socks and boxers.
Where did you get the idea for the yellow collectible hoodies you released?
Nicolas: When I made the Meet The Devil hoodie I was really into witches and thought it would be cool to illustrate a female witch that couldn’t die. The quote on the side said, “For those who dare, Meet The Devil" which is basically implying that the people that dared to tie her up and tried to kill her would die. It’s a story that I'm gonna continue to explore in the future.
What’s your favorite collectible you’ve dropped so far?
Nicolas: My favorite collectible has to be my LeftGhost puppet.
Do you think your design style has changed since you started?
Nicolas: It has changed twice. I forced it to change because I wanted to challenge myself. I went from anime and color to metal and all black. Now I have a new aesthetic that I'm trying out.
Where did you get the idea for the “strap pants” you’re dropping August 23rd?
Nicolas: Like I mentioned before I’m changing my style and aesthetic soon and while planning it out I’ve been playing a lot of old PS2 and original Xbox games to get inspiration. One of the games I've been playing is Jet Set Radio. I really like how all the characters have their own style of fashion and it matches with their personalities, so I just imagined how my character would look in the game and what outfit and color ways he would wear. The pants were something that I've always wanted to do but I felt boxed in because I did all black pieces at the time.
What else should we expect to see from that release?
Nicolas: I have five pairs of pants, a chain with a LeftGhost head pendant, a basketball outfit, a vest, light up key caps, and some rare tees and hoodies.
What made you want to make a full augmented reality lookbook?
Nicolas: The augmented reality lookbook came from an opportunity that my homie Mkblv gave me. They're really heavy into creating stuff for the future and they wanted me to be part of it so they 3D scanned my clothes and model. I was blown away by the results. Mkblv has been looking out for me for awhile now, he’s lowkey been like a mentor to me.
When is that coming out?
Nicolas: I’m not sure yet but expect to see it soon.
Do you plan to utilize AR with more drops in the future?
Nicolas: I would definitely like to. Anything dealing with creating and getting out of my comfort zone is always worth exploring.
What made you want to make the LeftGhost pendants?
Nicolas: I wanted to establish LeftGhost as the official mascot of the brand. I made that pendant after I finalized the design of him. After doing the pendants I made figurines, hockey jerseys with his face, and then the puppet. Now he's able to be animated and talk digitally. I have a lot more stuff that I'm gonna do with him soon.
Do you plan to experiment with more jewelry pieces in the future?
Nicolas: This will be my 5th chain that I've made so far. But I want to branch out and make earrings as well as bracelets and necklaces for women.
You’ve also experiment with some crazy accessories such as the Kunais from earlier this year. What made you want to make those?
Nicolas: I had this crazy idea to do a full Naruto themed collection. I made a flak vest and a shippuden jacket. I also made the headband as well as the kunais.
You also made headbands around the same time as well, correct?
Nicolas: Yup, they were made by the same people that make the actual Naruto ones.
Where do you get influenced to make accessories like that?
Nicolas: Anime. I try to do stuff that I don’t see other brands doing. This is stuff that I would buy as a kid.
Are there any other garments, mediums, or accessories you want to experiment with in
Nicolas: I really want to make women’s clothes but I don’t know how to do the sizes yet. It might sound weird but I’d also like to design a dress one day. I want to make toys too since that’s a big passion of mine.
Are there any other brands or designers you want to work with?
Nicolas: I really want to work with Rip N Dip. They're the closest thing to how I see my brand in the future but with a dark twist. I’m really into events and experiences as well.
What should we expect to see from Ghost Supply next?
Nicolas: More color since I’m tired of doing everything in black. I’m also gonna play around with different materials more and I’m gonna start doing pop up shows and shops.
What do you want Ghost Supply to become?
Nicolas: I want it to become an event name that people see and want to go to so they can meet other people like themselves. When I get bigger I want to throw crazy parties and have tons of hang out sessions to get people out of the house and around new friends. I have a lot of plans that I can’t speak about right now but it’s gonna start next year. Thank you for interviewing me I really enjoyed this.
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