Looks 20-25 are a mix of Jason’s friend John Byrd-Olivieri’s classic aesthetic and his own more edgy feel. The clothes are now available online and made to order at hellaworldly.com.
“You get both formal and street wear,” Jason said. “You can wear the dress to a nice formal dinner and then to the park the next day.”
He named his fashion house Worldly in part because growing up in church some people used the word “worldly” as an insult, saying he had gone “too far”. So he wanted to “invert that and make it a compliment. That’s how I get it right now. We are of this world. We are our walk, our own individual walks.
The name of this particular fashion line “Eden on Hush” is a response to the pandemic. “It was such a dark time for everyone,” he said. “Given my spiritual background, I wanted to find a unique way to let that light shine, that feeling of Eden. At the same time, the word silence means that we wanted to quietly introduce beauty into this world. I’ve always had this costume style that I think has hurt me in the past. John helped me find a way to make this collection more functional and wearable for the consumer.”
Jason has spent the last decade in fashion mostly behind the scenes and at the time he designed sneakers. This is his first time running his own clothing line and he hopes to take his stepfather’s many lessons about business and life to heart, no matter how many times he’s heard the same stories. . “Even if you get tired of the stores, you keep dealing with them,” he said. “You always find yourself applying them.”
Steve Harvey appeared in Jason’s world when Jason was a teenager. He admitted it wasn’t an easy transition, but Steve eventually became his father in a real sense.
“It’s always nice to have someone who isn’t shy about stepping in and caring for blended families,” Jason said.
Jason attended a freshman military school in high school, moving to North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs in second and first grade before completing his senior year as a home-schooled student. “Harvey Academy”, Jason called it.
He spent about three years at Morehouse College, but put his studies aside after getting married and having children. His parents, he said, were patient and helpful on many levels.
“I was able to learn so many business lessons from both my parents,” Jason said. “I was able to cultivate relationships and bonds through them.”