Philadelphia teen Trey Brown has gotten a Diddy grant, partnered with the 76ers, and retired his mom all before he has turned 18.
According to the official SPERGO website, Trey’s origin story of how this entrepreneurial journey actually began is extremely interesting.
At 12-years-old, Trey became increasingly aware of the violence that plagued his Philadelphia community. Taking up the charge, this amazing young man wanted to do something to encourage his peers to stay out of trouble and follow their dreams. Trey used $168 of his leftover birthday money, bought 16 T-shirts, and sold out in a week.
Realizing that he had a passion for now both community and design, SPERGO was born. The trendsetting streatwear and lifestyle brand was launched on MLK Day in 2018 and has become a favorite among celebrities like Meek Mill, Tierra Whack, Da Baby, Eric Thomas, Shaquille O’Neil, Charles Barkley, Grant Hill, GHerbo and Ed Mylett.
Media mogul and entertainer P. Diddy took notice. On a recent appearance on Ellen, Brown discussed how Diddy was one of his biggest inspirations and how he helped fuel his desire to open a business at an early age with a $25,000 business grant.
And of now that he is well underway, Brown is not showing any signs of slowing down with his business as the teen has inked a deal with the NFL’s Philadelphia 76ers.
“Growing up as a kid in Philadelphia I would always watch the 76ers games, so to be a part of their Buy Black Program as a 15-year-old entrepreneur is a dream come true,” Brown said in an interview with Harlem World Magazine. “I started SPERGO three years ago and I would never have imagined that I would be officially stamped a 76ers partner by my home basketball team.”
The teen continued in another interview with WWD.com, “I want to show people that even as a teenager, dreams don’t know age. Anything is possible when you work hard. It’s so easy to make bad decisions. I want to let people know they can make the right choices and become their own heroes. They can create their own success stories.”
With the continuous expansion of his clothing line, Brown has been able to open a second store in Washington D.C. With that move, the teen has been able to retire his mother.
Congratulations, Trey. We cannot wait to see what is next for you!