Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist. If the name doesn’t strike you immediately, an Instagram photo of his warm smile dressed in an always-dapper outfit will certainly make you say “oh yeah! I know him.”
Marquelle is no average small town, country boy. Originally from Johnsonville, North Carolina, the fashionable gentlemen saw what some would call hardships an opportunity. Transforming limited means into expressive outlets of creativity, Marquelle could make one pair of overalls a fashion statement three ways.
“When I was younger and having a limited income, I remember specifically wearing a particular pair of overalls I had three times a week,” he said. “One time I wore them as overalls, another time I wore them out hanging, and another time I wore them in like jeans so getting creative in my style.”
His outside-the-box thinking led him to a world of fashion and style lending his shyness an outlet to be bold without having to say much of anything while growing up. Despite the challenges associated with being raised by a single parent in a small town, Marquelle went on to attend Fayetteville University – working there for three years before taking the first of many leaps of faith in his life.
“I went off to Fayetteville University, majored in business, and ended up working at the university for about three years until I became compelled to do what I really loved, which is fashion. So, I quit my full time job, salary, benefits, and took a sales associate position,” he explained.
Eventually making it to the fashion capital of the world, Marquelle’s journey to New York came with empty pockets but an abundance of support that his led him to his current position as an assistant buyer at Hugo Boss.
New opportunities linger ahead as Marquelle is en route to another leap. Read our conversation with the fashionably inspiring gentlemen on the following page as we touch on his humble beginnings, The New Stereotype, and where he is headed next.