--- 11/3/17 ---

ANON: WAIT SO YOUR COMPANY IS BASED IN PASADENA?

5000: YES. PASADENA, CA. NOT TEXAS.

 

ANON: YOOOOOO YOUR STUFF ARE DOPE, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO ESKETIT. ANYWAYS, WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

500: WE APPRECIATE THE KIND WORDS!! FUTURE PLANS - COLLAB WITH OTHER BRANDS, HAVE A POPUP SOMEWHERE.

 

ANON: I REALLY LIKE THE BRAND AND LIKE THE DIRECTION IT IS GOING IN. I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE PIECES LIKE THE NEW DROP WITH THE FACE ON IT AND LESS LIKE THE SPOOKY TEE. HONESTLY I'D BE MORE COMFORTABLE ROCKING A DOPE DESIGN INSTEAD OF A BIG SCREEN PRINTED LOGO. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING YOU GUYS IN THE FUTURE

5000: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE FEEDBACK. WE'LL DEFINITELY TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION AND FOCUS ON MORE GARMENTS WITH DESIGN QUALITY INSTEAD OF BRANDING. IF YOU HAVE ANYMORE SUGGESTIONS I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM.

 

ANON: I MAY BE WRONG HERE, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD DO PRINTS ON JACKETS, NOT EMBROIDERY, MAINLY BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO PRINTS ON SHIRTS, IT DOESN'T TEND TO STAY ON TOO WELL, I'VE LEARNED. JUST A TIP THAT MIGHT NOT EVEN HELP. ALSO, I'M TRYING TO MAKE A BRAND MYSELF, ANY TIPS?

5000: ARE YOU SUGGESTING WE DO PRINTS ON JACKETS AND EMBROIDERY ON SHIRTS? NOT TOO SURE IF I UNDERSTOOD IT CORRECTLY, HAHA. A TIP I'VE LEARNED IS TO JUST RELEASE STUFF AND SEE HOW PEOPLE REACT. OFTEN TIMES I SEE PEOPLE IN THE CONCEPT PHASE AND THEY WASTE THEIR TIME DOING UNNECESSARY STUFF. WHERE ARE THE CLOTHES?

 

ANON: BRUH I'M JEALOUS OF U

5000: HAHAHA DON'T BE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WORK THEY PUT IN TO GET THERE. WE'RE JEALOUS OF THE SUCCESS, BUT NOT THE HARD WORK.

 

ANON: SINCE YOU'RE BASED IN PASADENA IN THE FUTURE CAN I JUST DRIVE 10 MINUTES TO PICK UP AN ORDER INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR SHIPPING

5000: HAHAHAHA WE WISH. UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T HAVE A STOREFRONT YET. I DID SEE A SHIPPING OPTION FOR UBERRUSH THO. MAYBE WE CAN MAKE THAT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE IN SOCAL?

 

ANON: WHICH CLOTHING BRAND(S) DO YOU LOOK UP TOO OR ARE INSPIRED BY?

5000: TOO MANY TO LIST RIGHT NOW. BUT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD - @RONINDIVISION, @WEAREBRAINDEAD, @CAVEMPT

 

ANON: BROCCOLI

5000: I HATE BROCCOLI

 

ANON: OK PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS BUT I HAVE A FRIEND AND HE'S IN A GROUP CHAT WITH A BUNCH OF ASSHOLES THAT PICK ON ME AND SHIT LIKE THAT AND IN THE CHAT THEY SEND LIKE A SHIT TON OF HW ANSWERS BUT I DON'T WANNA TURN MY FRIEND IN

5000: INVITE A FAKE PERSON TO THE CHAT BUT IT'LL ACTUALLY BE YOU AND GIVE THEM FAKE ANSWERS.

 

ANON: YOUR CLOTHES EMPOWER ME TO RUIN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

5000: THAT IS INTERESTING BUT ALSO BORDERLINE DISTURBING

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 11/4/17 ---

ANON: JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A BIG CONGRATS ON EVERYTHING SO FAR. I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF MAKING MORE VAPORWAVE AESTHETIC TYPE CLOTHES. I FEEL LIKE UNIT 01 COULD FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY AND IT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY SICK. EITHER WAY I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE. KEEP IT UP.

5000: THANKS FOR THE CONGRATS! I AGREE THAT UNIT 01 COULD FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY, BUT HONESTLY I'M MORE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING OUR OWN STYLE, Y'KNOW? NOT TRYING TO CATER TO ANY SPECIFIC TREND/CATEGORY.

 

ANON: WOULD YOU CONSIDER DOING SOME TEES WITH PHOTOGRAPHY? IF SO COULD I HAVE A CHANCE AT IT? MSG ME IF YOU'RE INTERESTED (KEEP ANON, IG: [REDACTED])

5000: I HAVE IDEAS UP BUT NOT SURE IF IT'D DO WELL. BUT IF THATS WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SUPPLY IT! AND SEND US OVER YOUR PORTFOLIO OR PREVIOUS WORK AT KUYA@POLY5000.COM

 

ANON: TRY MAKING PHONE CASE DESIGNS OR SOME ACCESSORY. THAT'D BE LIT.

5000: THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION! I'M REALLY WRITING ALL OF THIS DOWN BY THE WAY, CHECK THE NEXT SLIDE

(SHOWS GOOGLE DRIVE)

 

ANON: HEY! I'M THE FOUNDER OF [REDACTED] AND I HIGHLY RESPECT YOUR WORK. YOU SET THE BAR HIGH, AND I AM EXCITED TO SEE WHAT FUTURE ENDEAVORS YOU ARE ABLE TO PROGRESS THROUGH POLY5000.

5000: THANKS SO MUCH. IT'S CRAZY WHEN PEOPLE SEE ME AS SETTING THE BAR HIGH, THOSE SAME PEOPLE ALSO SEE OTHER PEOPLE THAT SET THE BAR EVEN HIGHER HAHA

 

ANON: ANYTHING LIKE A HEADBAND PLANNED FOR DA FUTURE?

5000: I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THAT ACTUALLY. I'LL PUT UP A POLL AND SEE IF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT! I'LL PUT IT ON MY LIST AS WELL. THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION.

[INSERT POLL]

 

ANON: HI

5000: HEY THERE

 

ANON: HI THERE! I'M ASPIRING TO MAKE CLOTHES AND I DID A TEST RUN FOR SOME OF MY FRIENDS, BUT I ONLY USED GILDAN BLANKS AND CONTACTED THE LOCAL EMBROIDERY SHOP FOR THE DESIGN. DO YOU HAVE ANY HINTS OR CONTACTS ON GETTING BETTER QUALITY BLANKS FOR A REASONABLE PRICE. I'M SITUATED IN THE NETHERLANDS, BUT ANY TIPS ON HOW TO LOOK AROUND TO FIND T-SHIRT MANUFACTURERS WOULD BE A MASSIVE HELP. @[REDACTED] // [REDACTED]

5000: JIFFYSHIRTS, TSCAPPAREL, BLANKSTYLE, NOT SURE IF THEY SHIP TO NETHERLANDS THO!

 

ANON: WHAT WOULD MING MING DO?

5000: MING MING WOULD EAT SOME FOOD AND SCHLEEP

 

ANON: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING YOU WOULD SAY ABOUT GETTING YOUR BRAND UP AND RUNNING? WHAT HELD IT BACK BEFORE IT BLOSSOMED, IF ANYTHING DID. MESSAGE ME ON INSTAGRAM @[REDACTED] IF YALL WANT TO RESPOND

5000: SEEKING CREATIVITY, MANAGING TIME, AND MAKING SURE ALL THINGS ARE RUNNING SMOOTHLY. YOU'LL THINK YOU'RE SET TO GO, THEN LAST MINUTE FIND OUT YOU MISSED SOMETHING CRUCIAL. ME NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT HOT LONG IT TOOK CLOTHES TO PRODUCE REALLY HELD ME BACK AT ONE POINT.

 

ANON: HOW DID YOU GUYS GROW YOUR CUSTOMER BASE?

5000: HONESTLY WE'RE STILL BUILDING IT, BUT REDDIT IS THE MAIN ATTRIBUTOR TO OUR SUCCESS SO FAR!

 

ANON: HEY I GOT THIS GIRL AND SHE'S KIND OF A HOE BUT I REALLY LIKE HER SHE'S SUPER FUN SHOULD I DROP HER OR TRY TO GET HER

5000: YIKES I DONT EVEN KNO LMAO

 

ANON: YO LOVING YOUR STUFF SO FAR! LIL WORD OF ADVICE FROM ME IS WHAT ALWAYS DRAWS ME TO STARTUP BRANDS LIKE YOURSELVES IS WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING OUT OF THE NORM LIKE INTERESTING CUTS OR COLOURS ETC. IT ALWAYS IRKS ME WHEN STARTUPS ARE JUST BLAND LOGO PRINTS AS I PERSONALLY LIKE WEARING INTERESTING THINGS THAT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES BUT OF COURSE THAT'S A LOT MORE NICHE THAN PRINTS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THOUGH YOU'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT'S TO COME (-:

5000: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE KIND WORDS AND FEEDBACK :) FOR SURE I'D LIKE TO KEEP CREATING UNIQUE PIECES. JUST TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE MY BRAND MORE RECOGNIZABLE/IDENTIFIABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO RANDOMLY STUMBLE UPON SOMEONE ELSE WEARING OUR CLOTHES.

 

ANON: YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. LOVE SUPPORTING A SMALL BRAND THAT PRODUCES QUALITY PRODUCTS. IF YOU GUYS ARE DOWN, I'D LOVE A SHOUTOUT ON YOUR STORY THAT SAYS "KIWI'S A BUM." ONCE AGAIN, LOVE THE BRAND, KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!

5000: THANKS SO MUCH SIR. AND SAY NO MORE JUST GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE

"KIWIS A BUM"

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 11/6/17 ---

ANON:I WAS JUST SHOWN YOUR PAGE BY A FRIEND AND I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH MYSELF THAT I DIDN'T FIND YOU EARLIER; YOUR AESTHETIC IS HANDS DOWN A JOY TO LOOK AT. WILL WE SEE RETURNS OF PREVIOUS UNITS IN THE FUTURE?

5000: THANKS SO MUCH TO YOU AND YOUR FRIEND FOR CHECKING US OUT! UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T HAVE PLANS TO RESTOCK ANYTHING. UNIT 01 WAS A VERY SPECIAL RESTOCK AND NOT MEANT TO HAPPEN OFTEN. YOU NEVER KNOW, THOUGH, SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE ;)

 

ANON: HEY GUYS! I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD FROM ME BEFORE, BUT I'M JUST STARTING TO DESIGN UNDER A BRAND...I'M HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE GETTING ATTENTION FOR IT HAHA. I HAVE ONLY ONE SHIRT OUT, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE REASON, BUT UNLESS I SELL OUT ON THIS ITEM I WON'T HAVE ENOUGH CAPITAL TO CREATE MORE. HOW DID YOU GUYS START OUT? GOT ANY TIPS FOR SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT? FEEL FREE TO DM ME @[REDACTED] ON INSTAGRAM OR TEXT ME @[REDACTED]. I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE BTW, I THINK THAT 360 DEGREE ROTATING LOGO IS SICK!

5000: START HUMBLY AND CREATE CAPITAL TO CREATE MORE. WHETHER THAT MEANS GETTING A JOB TO SUPPORT YOUR BRAND OR SELLING JUNK ON THE SIDE, YOU CAN DEFINITELY GET IT DONE. YOU KNOW YOUR WEAKNESS WHICH IS ONLY HAVING 1 PRODUCT OUT, SO KEEP PUSHING OUT PRODUCT AND CAPTURE PEOPLES ATTENTION! THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENTS. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BRAND :)

5000: FORGOT TO ADDRESS HOW WE STARTED OUT. WE STARTED OUT WITH A BIGCARTEL SITE AND A MADE TO ORDER COMPANY. $15~ ORIGINALLY INVESTED FOR OUR FIRST EVER UNIT 00. WE GOT A FEW ORDERS FROM THAT AND FROM THERE USED THAT MONEY TO IMPROVE THE NEXT UNIT. IT'S BEEN THAT WAY EVER SINCE! NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT US.

 

ANON: IF YOU MADE DAD HATS I WOULD BUY ONE IMMEDIATELY. LOVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING!

5000: WE DID A POLL FOR HEADBANDS AND THEY GOT A MIXED RESPONSE. HOW ABOUT DAD HATS?

(INSERT POLL)

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 11/7/17 ---

ANON: CAN I BE A PRODUCT AMBASSADOR/MODEL? I'M ALSO A PRODUCT AMBASSADOR FOR [REDACTED] AND HE SENDS ME FREE STUFF DAILY. I POST ON MY IG FOR MY FOLLOWERS TO SEE

5000: SEND US A MESSAGE OVER AT TYSON@POLY5000.COM!

 

ANON: HAVE Y'ALL SEEN THE NEW THOR. IT'S ON A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL

5000: I HAVEN'T. DC > MARVEL

 

ANON: IF I'M LOOKING TO CREATE A CLOTHING BRAND WHAT WOULD U SAY IS THE HARDEST CHALLENGE TO DEFEAT TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL LIKE YOUR BRAND? HOW LONG HAS YOUR COMPANY BEEN AROUND? ESSSSSKETTIIITTT ALSO TITS OR ASS

5000: SUCCESSFUL LIKE MY BRAND? AHAHA NOT EVEN. WE'VE ONLY BEEN AROUND SINCE JAN-FEB OF THIS YEAR! HARDEST CHALLENGE... GETTING YOUR FIRST SALE? TITS OR ASS..NEITHER. PERSONALITY

 

ANON: THE CLOTHING SO FAR IS REALLY AWESOME! DO YOU PLAN TO MAKE SWEATSHIRTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE? ANY OTHER COLOR SCHEMES AS WELL? LOVE IT, AND BEST OF LUCK TO POLY500<3

5000: THANK U! WE HAVE CREWNECKS PLANNED FOR DECEMBER. COLOURWAYS... SECRET! LOVE U TOO

 

ANON: YALL SHOULD RELEASE LOGO HOODIES, FOLLOW THE GRAM BOYS @RIGGED

5000: WE DID THE POLL FOR DAD HATS YESTERDAY AND GOT A GOOD RESPONSE, LOOK FORWARD TO THAT SOON. HOW ABOUT LOGO HOODIES?

[INSERT POLL]

--- END CHAT---

 

--- 11/10/17 ---

ANON: YO WHY DO I NEVER SEE MANY CREWNECKS FROM STARTUPS??? IT'S ALWAYS HOODIES BUT I'M WAY MORE A CREWNECKS KINDA GUY HOPING TO SEE SOME REALLY INTERESTING ONES FROM YOU GUYS SOON!!!

5000: WE GOT CREWNECKS ON DECK COMING SOON!! SO MANY IDEAS BUT SO LITTLE TIME UNFORTUNATELY

 

ANON: I SEE YOU HATE BROCCOLI. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ASPARAGUS?

5000: [INSERT GROSS EMOJI]

 

ANON: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FIRST CUSTOMERS, HOW DID YOU GROW YOUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT AND HOW DO YOU CONTINUE TO GROW IT? THANKS <3

5000: GETTING EXPOSURE FROM A COMMUNITY IS REALLY USEFUL, FOR US THAT WAS REDDIT. LOTS OF STUFF WENT INTO GROWING OUR INSTAGRAM BUT ONE THING THAT WENT INTO IT WAS INFLUENCER MARKETING. WE CONTINUE TO GROW IT BY CONTINUOUSLY PROVIDING CONTENT THAT HOPEFULLY REACHES MORE AND MORE PEOPLES EYES!

 

ANON: YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING. CONGRATS ON ALL THE SUCCESS. I CAN ALREADY TELL THAT YOU GUYS ARE GOING PLACES. I WAS WONDERING, ARE YOU GUYS EVER GOING TO DO COLLABS? THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BOOST YOUR STREET CRED.

5000: APPRECIATE THE KIND WORDS, DON'T THINK WE'RE QUITE SUCCESSFUL YET THO :) I'D LOVE TO COLLAB WITH ANOTHER BRAND EVENTUALLY. ANYONE READING THIS, SEND US RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHO YOU'D LIKE US TO COLLAB WITH!

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 1/23/18 ---

ANON: Just found your brand and honestly I dig the style of clothes! Would you guys ever consider having a group of models to model for your brand?

5000: for sure! hit up contact@poly5000.com for the inquiry

 

ANON: Broccoli

5000: NOH

 

ANON: KIKKOMAN x Poly 2018

5000: ew

 

ANON: asap rocky testing hypetrain?

5000: wait what?

 

ANON: Your opinion on military boot in streetwear culture/in general? Love your drops, keep it up!

5000: i'm indifferent. they can definitely be pulled off but i haven't tried them myself. not yet at least

 

ANON: Wheres the dog products? Ming Ming should have all Poly accessories..

5000: ming ming loves being naked :(

 

ANON: How much on the oni mask?

5000: oni masks were $5, but we out now :( try grailed

 

ANON: How do you feel after being a 2017 international, first time, sexy business owner and entrepreneur. Started from nothing and now at everything.

5000: LMAOO. not at everything. and i still feel the exact same. i still have millions of miles to go

 

ANON: i'm a recent gradruate from SGV! Would you guys be open to hiring an intern?

5000: O_O hit us up contact@poly5000.com

 

ANON: I don't have anything to say I just want to make it :) @mindfulsinz

5000: homie [pray emoji]

 

ANON: My girlfriend ripped off my Unit 01 shirt during <REDACTED>. Not worth.

5000: uhhh distressed shirt now at least

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 1/24/18 ---

ANON: Can we get more summer related stuff since i life in the outback <3

5000: clothes for the summer coming soon :))

 

ANON: KILLER BEE X POLY WHEN?? <thinking emoji x2> Lmao

5000: who knows, maybe one day?


ANON: First off, I'm a huge fan of your brand and the pieces you put out (just got my nemesis hoodie last week <fire emoji>. I was wondering if you had any advice for brands that are just starting out in terms of gaining an audience, being taken seriously, etc. @abreuboom

5000: find your community and give back, meet a group of likeminded people that are in the same boat as you and build off of each other. try and build a community of your own. the more personal you are the easier it'll be to grow an audience that will be invested in you AND your brand. in terms of being taken seriously... release good clothes. people will be forced to take your success seriously

 

ANON: What artists does kuya5000 listen to?

5000: I literally listen to everyone so i'd have to write out a whole list, but latest playlist i made included playboi carti, smokepurpp, tay-k, asap ferg & rocky, & miguel

 

ANON: just wanted to swoop in and say i like you thighson <3

5000: thanks zachk

 

ANON: i will spam broccoli in the discord now

5000: i will ban u

 

ANON: You ever been to bushwa pines?

5000: yea place is pretty weird

 

ANON: i want to start a small business but I have no idea how to do it. Any advice on how to get started?

5000: 1) find an interest you really love

2) find out how to monetize it

3) raise funds to monetize

4) monetize

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 1/25/18 ---

ANON: in n out stains are the new wave

5000: hi fakie

 

ANON: Are there any resources you can supply us for creating techpacks?

5000: reddit.com/r/streetwearstartup, and google

 

ANON: I'd love to collaborate on a project sometime - even if it's just a t shirt or face mask!! Also I am still putting together a portfolio for modeling your gear! @boxofmagic @chapelvault

5000: you guys have interesting stuff :) keep it up and maybe one day

 

ANON: I've never seen a streetwear brand that implemented the Japanese / internet culture so well. I love this shit man. I love y'all and the clothes. Please keep pushing. Oh also I need that cursor long sleeve back in stock or imma tattoo y'all logo on somebody forehead without their consent. - @regularerik

5000: appreciate you man.

 

ANON: I copped an anorak and it's one of my favorite pieces of clothing but the medium is a lot smaller than I thought it would be so it's too small for me to wear :(

5000: sorry to hear it didn't fit!! hit us up contact@poly5000.com we might have an extra size large left.

 

ANON: Can you make some dope baseball tees, but with no design on the front? Just the sleeves, maybe the back. There's a market for it. Thanks, my dude.

5000: maybe once i stop hating baseball.

 

ANON: ur brand is super inspiring to me music wise, your clothes are super dope, I was wondering how would I get in touch with you about modeling?

5000: you already know, hit up contact@poly5000.com we'll get back to you asap

 

ANON: You ever gonna make pants?

5000: planned this year :)

 

ANON: Can we see a hoodie with possibly all the units logo on the sleeves

5000: planned for UNIT X/5000 followers :))

 

ANON: how much money have you made and is it enough to get out of crippling depression?

5000: how much money have i made? not enough. the more you give the happier you are

 

ANON: in my empty places i had to build a fire/say nothing/all my glow did was cast more shadows/let flames grow/ watch me heal my scrapes with metal and plastic (garbage) - owen russell,2018, @russling

5000: what is this

 

ANON: Poly5000 is the quintessential mallcore brand :* malik *:

5000: quintessential is the essential target tide pod brand

 

ANON: Pwede mo ako bigyan ng bawas sa damit

5000: 

<shows story of asking RESURGENCE to translate the phrase>

--- END CHAT ---

 

--- 1/26/18 ---

ANON: Gimme the tote. I need it for school and my current is beat.

5000: still available <heart emoji>

--- END CHAT ---