Overshare Podcast: Jeff Staple on Two Decades of Success By Any Means Necessary
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Overshare is a podcast and event series hosted by Working Not Working co-founder Justin Gignac. In a world of carefully curated portfolio sites and Instagram feeds, Justin sits down with his favorite creatives to get past the highlights and discuss the tough stuff we don't talk about in public often enough.
In the final episode of Season 2, Justin sits down with one of the founding fathers of streetwear, Jeff Staple. Jeff is the founder and creative director of Staple Design and Reed Space. His 2005 collaboration with Nike lead to riots outside of Reed Space as people fought to get their hands on the limited Nike SB Dunk “Pigeon”. Many people credit that moment, and that shoe, as the shoe that catapulted sneaker culture to the masses.
Jeff hosts the podcast Business of Hype on Hypebeast Radio. He’s also one of the nicest and most respected people in the game and the unofficial mayor of the Lower East Side ever since he opened his store Reed Space in 2001. He is now the Creative Director of TGS Holdings whose shop Extra Butter is only a few doors down from the original Reed Space location on Orchard Street.
During the conversation, Jeff shares how he has sustained success over two decades in the game and avoided becoming just another trend. He also divulges his somewhat questionable and illicit use of rollerblades to get accepted into Parsons. Additionally, Jeff reveals what he was thinking during two near-death experiences—including his mindset when he started digging his own grave while stranded on the side of a mountain.
In this episode, you will learn what it takes to stay relevant over the course of your career, how to maximize your sleep, and that your only job in life is to just stay alive.