I started RDK Clothiers in 1992. My love for the clothing business goes back to my childhood, when my father owned a men’s clothing store in my hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina. I can still recall my father’s navy blazer that he wore with linen trousers and a suede lace-up shoe. Another recollection I have is my father going to the store on Sunday afternoon to meet a customer who wanted his individual attention.
RDK works by appointment so that I can give my customer that same personal attention that made such impression on me as a young boy.
During the first years, RDK was a hobby. My real job was selling chemicals to the paper industry, which I had done for most of my adult life. I worked on my clothing business in the evenings and on the weekends, selling mostly to my friends.
Six years ago, the door closed on my career in the chemical business. As the saying goes, another door opened up; I walked into the entrepreneur world and RDK became my full-time job. This transition was exciting and terrifying at the same time, but it was the best business decision I ever made. I am now doing what I always wanted to do in life. I used to tell my wife that I wanted to sell men’s clothes out of the trunk of my car, and that is exactly what I do. As some of my friends are beginning to think about retirement, my wife says that I am already retired because I get up every day looking forward to another day in the men’s clothing industry.