Akron Pianist Kofi Boakye Launches Apparel Line with Global Clothing Brand, 7th Floor Clothing
19-Year-Old Akron Pianist Kofi Boakye is now taking his talents into the fashion world. In partnership with the globally-recognized clothing brand, 7th Floor Clothing, the 2018 NAACP ACT-SO National Medalist & 2014 White House Excellence Award Recipient has worked to release the Ebony & Ivory colorway of the “Humble & Have No Fear” T-Shirt product line in joint promotion to his highly anticipated Kofi: Made In Akron Film Premiere & Show Fundraiser held on January 31st, 2019 at The Tangier in Akron, OH. All proceeds of this T-Shirt will go towards Kofi’s 529 College Plan to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the Fall of 2019.
Kofi looks at this new partnership as a dream come true.
“I’ve always dreamed of the opportunity to partner up with 7th Floor Clothing! Seeing the great things that they have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time, it’s nothing short of amazing. To be apart of the 7th Floor Family is truly a blessing. One that I could never take for granted.”
The opportunity to partner with 7th Floor Clothing spurned from a conceptual meeting with 7th Floor Clothing Co-Founder, Frank Miller. What was anticipated to be a 30 to 45 minute meeting ended up being a 3 to 4 hour conversation on life, goals, and future plans. From this meeting, a partnership was born.
Miller is truly ecstatic to embark on this new venture.
“For us at 7th Floor Clothing, it was a no brainer to be apart of Kofi’s dream. We are honored to be precise. From design to production there was no stone unturned. Kofi has been hands on the whole time with nothing but a smile. It’s exciting to be apart of this whole movement. To see so much passion is good energy for our city. Go Be Great at Berklee, Kofi!”
- Frank Miller III, Co-Founder of 7th Floor Clothing
In 2015, a 15-year-old Kofi Boakye teamed up with CBS WOIO & 8-time Emmy-Award Winning Journalist Romona Robinson to create the “Humble & Have No Fear” Wristband Campaign. After witnessing a vast amount of gun violence and deaths in the Northeastern Ohio community, many of Boakye’s peers were afraid to be out in the community. Inspired to cultivate change, Boakye launched a wristband that helped to bring awareness and provide a sense of calmness amongst his peers.
While the movement itself may have ended, the phrase “Humble & Have No Fear” was no longer a trendy phrase for Kofi; it was a lifestyle. Now, Kofi lives his life humbly achieving goals he has planned for himself while having no fear.