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Marc Ecko hires former gang member to design watch

Submitted by on November 12, 2007 – 10:25 am10 Comments


The Hampton Watch by Marc Ecko Collection

Ex-gang member and current high school junior, Paul Alaya, has designed a Marc Ecko wristwatch that will be available later this month.

Alaya came to Ecko’s attention via Sweat Equity Enterprises, a youth development program that fosters design collaborations between underserved youth and the retail industry, founded by Ecko and Nell Daniel in 1995.

Do you think Alaya will be paid properly for this project, or is it a typical case of a big corporation taking a young person’s ideas and making money off them?

Source: DNR Magazine

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  • Arican says:

    Big Corporation like to cheat an the little guy its the HEGEMONISTIC way of our culture … But Mark Ecko proved that it can be change, but I don’t know if in this case also …

  • Saltabeast says:

    Im sure dude we get a grip, as far as a lot of thousands prolly not… let him try to sell his design to another corporation. they prolly wont, yall seem to be blowin topics out of proportion…

  • kwaping says:

    Something is better than nothing, and at least he gets to be proud of having his watch idea made into reality. Plus, having this on his resume will help him land future gigs.

    Sure, Ecko is making money off it – that’s why he’s in business. The way I see it, it’s a win-win, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

  • J-Watts says:

    that watch is nice, i would buy it, but i believe he will get enough money, but ecko still has to make a profit

  • Pushin' Weight says:

    Nah they not blowin’ topics outta proportion, they’re just asking a real ass question…and no matter how “cool” Marc Ecko makes out he is, he’s like every other white guy in business – making money off multicultural youth subcultures!

  • James says:

    to Pushin’ Weight:

    what does him being white have to do with it. and what is the bad part about making money off “multicultural youth subcultures”. he sells his stuff at a reasonable price. you are getting took for your money by the black companies just the same, i dont see your point here?

  • Sasha Simone says:

    wish i could have done that too. *crying




    “there’s less money in designing, then there is in sales.”

    AND Because the market isnt what it used to be, designers are getting paid even less then before.

    From an inside industry Professional (Designer)

    So, my advice?
    try to be a designer/sales rep at the same time or….


  • se-se says:

    what the hell? :(

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