I happened to run into Dom at Brooklyn Projects’ apparel booth at Agenda while chatting it up with Robert Brink (Weekend Buzz). I introduced myself to Dom and we shook hands. I’d never met him before, but I’ve logged in a few hours at the store and on the ramp whenever I’ve visited Los Angeles. The interview was un-planned, and on the spot.
Dom had plenty to say and answered every question I asked. No topic was off limits or too personal as we discussed everything from industry issues, to his thoughts on upcoming brands, he even openly discussed losing his first store on Melrose. Even though his phone went off multiple times and quite a few people asked to speak with him, Dom never once took a call and continued with the interview.
There’s been plenty of heat over Brooklyn Projects and Dom on the internet, but I invite you to read the interview below and decide for yourself what’s true and what’s not.
Yep, that’s me. [brief introduction]
How long has the store been in business for?
Going on twelve years.
What inspired you to open a skate shop?
Brooklyn Projects came from Brooklyn House, which was my first skate shop. I opened Brooklyn House in Brooklyn, in 1991. I guess I was ahead of the curve, so to speak. After about ten years of having Brooklyn House – nine years, actually – I closed down Brooklyn. I had one location in Brooklyn and one in LA. Around 2000, I was over everything and went back into the music business. Around 2001, I wanted to do it again.
Melrose was the place to do it?
I’ve always been on Melrose – my first store (in California) was on Melrose, with Kareem Campbell in 1996. I opened in Brooklyn first, came out to Los Angeles, opened up with Kareem and I was going back and forth , back and forth and just became tired of it.
How many BP locations are there now?
I have multiple locations now – Los Angeles, Japan, two in Montreal, Canada and a third in Toronto, Canada opening in October. The Canada stores I own a part of in partnership with some friends.
Nike. You knew I had to ask.
[laughs].. Of course.
I think people are curious to know what the process of doing a collaboration with Nike is like. How long ago did you start working on the Walk of Fame colorway?
The idea came about around August of last year. I called one of my designers, Mandee Bence – she’s done most of my designs for Nike. She’s the one that I came up with the concept with and she helps me come up with ideas. I then give it to Shawn over at Nike – he’s the homie – I love Shawn, that’s my boy forever. We brought a bunch of different stories and colorways and eventually Nike picks the ones they want to do. A couple of them were shelved – because after the Black and Tans came out and created that whole legal backlash, Nike legal won’t release any shoes with a negative or controversial connotation. So we had a bunch of stuff that was supposed to come out, and it was put on ice for now. We have three more collabs coming out over the next year and a half.