Creative Talk: Chris From Palisade Goods

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What’s up By Design Family. I had a cool conversation with the talented Chris Stringer, the owner and operator of Palisade Goods. Check out our conversation.


Chris:

My name is Chris Stringer Palisade Goods. It's like a streetwear brand that start out as like a skateboard concept. That's what I was doing before, I was skating a bunch. I used to work at a local skate shop back in Topeka called Midwest Skate, and then I ran a Zumiez there. I got to go to all these corporate events and meet the people that own the brands that I was wearing. So I just one day I decided that I’m going to do my own thing. I sat around, brainstormed and came up with Palisade Goods and just ran with it.

Muenfua:

Working in those environments, what was the main factor that made you create your own streetwear brand?


Chris:

Being my own boss, I guess. I kind of just like the freedom to do whatever I want after talking to Boo Johnson, who started up his own and a bunch of other dudes that started their own companies.

They enjoyed it, the creativity, the freedom that you can do whatever you want and it was all within the skateboarding realm at the time. So that's what I was really into starting out.

Muenfua:

What was the inspiration behind creating Palisade Goods?




Chris:

A palisade is like a fence, a form of defensive barrier and it's kind of geared towards skateboarding. So you're wearing it, it protects you. That's where it started and then it's just kind of became its own thing.


Muenfua:

Has there been tremendous growth? Do you get a lot of love from people?


Chris:

Yeah! A lot of it is that I’m really picky about what I put out to the public, so if I'm comfortable with it, I usually get good feedback. Every now and again, you know, I'll get someone that wants to critique me but that's totally fine. Criticism is always welcomed. You got to know what people want.

Muenfua:

You seem to care a lot about quality, why is that? What caused you to be particular and care about quality?


Chris:

Liking all this stuff, buying it, ordering stuff online and it being sent to me just for the shirts to be printed on Gildan. I feel like if you put your little touch on it, it's more personal. People feel like you have something from a company that’s really cool.

When I started I was working at Zumiez, I wasn't making a lot of money, got bills to pay. I was doing it all on my own. I don't have a team of people that I can get together with and figure this out. I wanted to do quality right off the bat while not really knowing all the outlets I have to actually get It produced and made cheaper or quicker without sacrificing the quality of it. So it's just been a process of funding it, but here soon I should have a lot of stuff out.


Muenfua:

What do you think you learned about yourself during the process of creating Palisade Goods and getting that out there and sharing with the public?


Chris:

That creating stuff is very difficult! You hit roadblocks all the time. There was like a month and a half or so, I just could not create. I would sit there and stare at my computer, just listen to music and not be able to do anything. So just really pushing yourself to continue to try no matter what. Sometimes you got to step back from it all, then clear your head, and then go back in to see what you come up with.


Muenfua:

What serves as inspiration when you do create?


Chris:

Honestly, I think it's just music. I'll just throw on some playlist and just go. Just to see where it takes me. I also get inspiration from other clothing companies and other graphic designers like this dude Crimewave. I followed him for like 3 years now, he's all over the place now and he's super dope. This company is up in Pennsylvania called Everything Is Offensive. I like going through their stuff and seeing how they're putting things all together and kind of the feel of it.


Muenfua:

What can we expect next? I know you said you're going to drop a lot of new items. What can we expect next from Palisade Goods?


Chris:

More items coming soon. I have a collaboration coming with PlugYourHoles that should be dropping soon. I'm pretty excited about that. Talked to Dom Chronicles about doing a collaboration. So we just need to get together and start going over, but we have an idea what we want to do.

Turtlenecks are coming soon. Something a little different, but right now just trying to keep it moving.


Muenfua:

To those young creators out here in Kansas City and beyond trying to get started, they don't know where to start, what’s your advice or maybe a lesson that you learned that you’d like to share?


Chris:

Branch out, talk to people. Communicate. Be open to other people talking to you. You don't want to be close-minded, shut off from helping someone else. Even if they're doing the same thing you are, we got to work together.


Muenfua:

Collaboration over competition!

By Design Magazine