BY GOWRI ABHINANDA
NEWS COPY EDITOR
For students like sophomore Max Levinson, taking on different business opportunities to practice entrepreneurial skills is valuable. Levinson said he took the jump and created a watch trading business at the age of 11, MaxTime Vintage, a platform that allows him to trade different watches among leading watch firms. His business consists of collecting and trading vintage watches to sell.
“When starting [MaxTime Vintage], it was really scary,” Levinson said. “When I first started, I was doing it under the domain for almost two years until I was certain about my chances in the watch industry.”
Levinson has appeared on ArchieLuxury, a luxury goods Youtube channel, and Hoodinkee, a leading watch publication. Levinson said he is thankful to have had opportunities to work with John Mayer, an American singer and songwriter, and Howie Kendrick, an American professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).
“It’s amazing to realize how far I have come because I was just treading water, but then I got collaborations,” Levinson said. “It’s just incredible how far I’ve progressed.”
While Levinson has an operative trading domain, sophomore Frankie Alvarez is in the prototype phase for his upcoming clothing line, Pigment Party Color Factory (PPCF). Alvarez said his inspiration came in eighth grade when wanting to create an economical fashion option.
“I was tired of how annoyingly expensive clothes are, so I [decided] I was going to make the clothes in the style that I like for myself and others,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez said the process of creating PPCF was enjoyable to him as it involved two subjects he loved, math and art. He said he wanted to create PPCF to prove to himself that he does not have to conform to liking one interest.
“Usually people are artsy or analytical, but I like both,” Alvarez said. “I wanted to break that standard and be involved in art and math with PPCF.”
Although Alvarez said he is enthusiastic about his company coming into fruition, he said he faces challenges that make moving past the preliminary stages strenuous. Last summer he pitched his products to stores in hopes of having a seller, but they declined his offers as they thought it would not serve their company well. However, he said he will try promoting his company again next summer.
“Every single [store] I reached out to rejected me even though I gave my all,” Alvarez said. “I’m still continuing to experiment, and I have next season to pitch again.”
Virtual Business Ownership and Design Services Core and Principles of Interior Design teacher Denise Jacks said zeal is pertinent in starting up a company.
“If you have no passion in your business, you’re not going to be successful because passion drives you when you fail,” Jacks said.
Jacks said businesses are difficult to create from her experience with her Virtual Business Ownership class. She said students struggle because a profitable business is made up of many factors that appeal to buyers.
“You can’t just create a business, you have to look at a problem, so I think creating a business is hard because identifying a problem to solve takes a lot,” Jacks said. “It’s also knowing how to manage your finances, knowing how to market and so much more, so it’s very involved.”
Alvarez said students that want to start a business should do so in their youth. He said there is an advantage in starting as a kid because they do not have to worry about financial burdens that accrue while becoming an adult, such as student loans, taxes and mortgage.
“I think it’s important that kids start a company right now because it’s never going to get easier,” Alvarez said. “I have everything I need without money worries, so I can focus on me and my company.”