Learning to Thrive Outside of the Lines

There’s a lot to be said for writing down a goal and then working hard to achieve it. But the road to success can be long, winding and filled with detours. That shouldn’t deter you from getting going, because you might end up somewhere completely unexpected—and amazing—instead.

This year, we’re proud to feature two members of Craft Syndicate who have refused to be limited by expectations, labels and being put in a box of any kind as they’ve created their own paths to success.

DL Warfield – “Creator”

There are so many titles you could give to DL Warfield—artist, creative director, cultural architect—that it’s almost impossible to pick one. That’s why the all-encompassing “creator” is the best fit. Throughout his career, Warfield has done everything from clothing design to art shows to album covers (including the famous artwork for OutKast’s 1996 album ATLiens). He’s also the founder of an ongoing art project and his own creative agency. Clearly, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Renaldo Nehemiah – “Stylist”

When he’s not designing the wardrobes of some of the biggest names in pop culture like Ludacris, Gucci Mane and Offset, you might find Renaldo Nehemiah curating an art show. As someone who believes that style extends far beyond the clothes on your back, Nehemiah has made a career out of creating unconventional and attention-grabbing outlets for his personal eye for style. It’s no surprise that his statement-making outfit for Young Thug stole the spotlight in Usher’s “No Limit” music video, which currently sits at 176 million views.

What title would you give yourself?