Vontee’ Augo And The Builder’s New Tool

     The great job migration of the 2000s has continuously ushered once uniquely American manufacturing industries overseas leaving a large majority to wonder if hard work still pays off in this day and age. While the answer for too many is a resounding ‘no,’ an emerging, super-enterprising demographic present a more inspired vision of an economic future. A little creativity can go a long way in a recession. Entrepreneurs able to pioneer paths to and within an industry are sure to fair better at a time when small business resources appear scarce, despite the brimming store of financing available in the technological age.


The 2016 Kaufman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, a reputable indicator of business growth in America, reported a significant increase in upstarts for a third year in a row. In fact, new businesses are reportedly booming more in their first five years than recent years with a larger number reaching mid to large company size. Again, this is great news for creative people bold enough to take the leap to entrepreneurship. One funding path may appear paradoxical on the one hand but fail-proof on the other. Hard work pays. Business loan, chicken bone! Why aren’t more entrepreneurs working hard to finance their dreams? That is exactly what one new CEO, Carlos Vontee ‘Augo, who holds a pending patent for Carlos Vontee ‘Augo designs, has done.

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Vontee ‘Augo, a master architect with a MA in Architectural Design from Morgan State University, is intermittently creeping on a high-fashion takeover come-up. “…student loans to pay back help me realize I had to do something fast and in a hurry,” Vontee ‘Augo humored. “While working for the government paid the bills, I wasn’t truly happy. I begin to think—to combine all of my artistic skill into one that I loved. One day, I picked up the sewing machine and began to sew.”

“It’s very hard being independent in the fashion industry -Not having the resources can be a burden but with faith and the drive it’s possible,” says Vontee ‘Augo, CEO of Carlo Vontee ‘Augo Designs LLC.

The Edisonian eureka moment didn’t send Vontee ‘Augo winding a moonlit road to a 24-hour Walmart for supplies to the tune of the Air of the Night. On the contrary, Vontee ‘Augo comes from a lineage of women that made a living in the sweaty sewing houses of deep Georgia, needle and thread were as staple as bread and water. ‘My mom and grandmothers worked in sewing factories to provide for the family. After developing a mind that I didn’t care what others thought, sewing became another skill set that I loved.’ It could’ve gone a different way and perhaps it did.

Vontee ‘Augo spoke with the Tulsa World during Tulsa Fashion Week 2015, “My grandmother would give me newspapers at the age of 6 and I would sit in the middle of the floor and deconstruct the newspaper and make objects out of it.” Today Vontee ‘Augo is both a passionate fashion designer and architect balancing the twoness with self-determination and very little capital.

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The idea of starting a potential multinational fashion company with a single sewing machine may seem outdated but Vontee ‘Augo proves old fashion tools and hard work still works. The Carlo Vontee ‘Augo lines of sleek gowns and leisure wear serving as the flagship brand aims to make a unique statement of purpose.


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A flood of potential funding from venture capitalists and other sources available online has proven impossible to wade for some and for others it is a battle best fought by not fighting at all. “It’s very hard being independent in the fashion industry, not having the resources can be a burden but with faith and the drive it’s possible,” asserts Vontee ‘Augo. ”I did my first show in Wiesbaden Germany and people loved it. The international scene was nice but as with everything, everywhere we go we have to be careful of those agents that just want to make money.”

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This all may sound a bit idealistic seeing as how the goal for the upstart is to make money, but creative entrepreneurs increasingly seek to do more. Oftentimes there’s a greater cause for these industry rebels that stand in opposition to any inkling of conformity. Even more often, in seeking to do more than merely stay out of the red, they end up doing more than the average business owner and more still as they occupy the space of artist and CEO.

“I find myself doing everything and it can be hard as a one man show. I learned to take risk and accept it for what it is because I don’t have time for negativity or anything that try to stop the harvest,” Vontee ‘Augo explains. He concluded, “Yes, it is an industry where people see dollars signs so you have to guard your brand with all you got because it’s you that is investing into your brand and not the big companies.”

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