Kwame Jackson may be best known as the runner-up in season one of “The Apprentice,” but he has a long list of successes The Charlotte-bred entrepreneur has a Harvard MBA and worked for Goldman Sachs. He recently launched a line of high-end neckties, Krimson, available at Belk at SouthPark mall. Nancy Wang, staff writer
What is a perk of being a celebrity? I'm a fairly well-known television figure, but not a celebrity. I don't get caught up expecting things to happen for me because of my time on the show, but it has opened a lot of doors.
Why “Krimson”? The color is relevant to my Harvard business school experience, which just conjures up an image of that old-world “Great Gatsby” class and sophistication to me, and that's something that I wanted to bring to my collection. Krimson also refers to my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi) because it's also one of our colors. Kappas have a reputation of being well-dressed, professional men of distinction. Then, I just threw on the K because it connects with my name.
Why are they named after different destinations? Our consumers are cosmopolitan; they're global travelers. I wanted for there to be a back story for people to tell when they find the ties that they like that also represent the places they're from.
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What are your favorite places in Charlotte? Any places close to Bojangles' or Krispy Kreme. I just love the fact that you can live in a lakefront home and commute to downtown.