Inmate Starts A Clothing Line From Jail Using Dental Floss And A Paperclip To Sew

Rashod "2500 Shod" Stanley (Instagram)

Rashod Stanley created “The Trenches” line.

Written by Tweety Elitou

Creativity cannot be stopped in a cage nor can talent be stifled behind bars! These words were inspired after social media was introduced to Rashod “2500 Shod” Stanley, an Atlanta-native who took his designer skills to create a fashion line—while being incarcerated.

Recently, the 25-year-old inmate went viral after a video clip surfaced of him modeling clothing from his “The Trenches” line, which he made using prison uniforms and materials.

In the video, he proudly showed off his work while explaining how he took prison gear and the material from a prison mat to create his ensemble.

“I would like to think I was the flyest guy in high school and on the streets,” Shod, who’s currently locked up on robbery charges, told The Shade Room.

According to a GoFundMe page, at the age of 19, Shod owned his very own store in Bankhead before getting caught up with the wrong crowd. Now he’s on a mission to share his story, create clothing and inspire others not to go down the wrong path.

“I want people to know my story because location doesn’t determine destination. I want to inspire others to make something out of nothing and reach their full potential without making excuses,” Shod said. “I want to be a mentor and public speaker to at-risk kids that’s following down the wrong path.”

Although Shod currently sews his clothing using dental floss and a paper clip, his goal is to make his fashion line shopable for all.

“I want to make a name for myself as a fashion designer in the fashion community. I also want to start a nonprofit organization for low-income communities in Atlanta and eventually expand nationwide,” Shod said.

“I want to inspire others to elevate their hustle,” Shod shared.

Going off his growing social media following, we think he may have did just that!

This article originally appeared on BET.

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  1. The original article appeared on my website ! Y’all need to learn how to do research! This story went viral months ago because of me. Get the facts right.

    • The originally article that we posted is a story written by Tweety Elitou and we got it from BET. That is what we mean when we state this article originally appeared…not who was the first to write it in general. No offense is intended to anyone. Our apologies for the confusion.

  2. But do the inmates allow this guy to walk around wearing this? if so that would be pretty cool, if not that must suck only being fly in the cell.

  3. I’m confused. I’ve worked in a prison before. There are usually charges and write ups for altering prison uniforms. There are charges for vandalism (mattress). They aren’t usually allowed cell phones or electronics or tgere were charges. How did this go viral and what were the penalties for the damages?

    • This man is doing something useful with himself and his time. Maybe instead of trying to find out what the consequences were, you can see how you might be able to assist him in his growth since you are familiar with the prison system.

  4. Can’t wait to here more about his story! Very talented and can reach many!! Thanks

  5. I wish this young man nothing but the best with his life going forward. It’s amazing how much talent is locked behind bars. Use your brains on the outside so that you won’t have to go viral from the inside. You say you’ve learned a lesson and you want to inspire others to not go down the wrong path. That’s commendable. I hope it’s not just that locked up talk. You know like some prisoners find Jesus when they are in jail but once released they leave Jesus there. No judgment just comment. This young man could become a fashion icon if he stay faithful to a crimeless journey.

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