They say every journey begins with a single step. In knowing that to be true, Chance Michael Okonski decided to start taking his first steps in hopes that one day he could bring his visions to life in his hometown of College Station, Texas. Since those days, Chance has begun making a name for himself in the world of men’s fashion as a multifaceted Entrepreneur, Designer, Blogger and Celebrity Stylist.
Stepping onto the scene in his early twenties, Chance; individualistic style and goal oriented soul influenced him to open the doors to his first business in December of 2014. Named after his Grandfather, Kie Mitchell Okonski, Chance used his creative vision to handcraft a curated selection of timeless men’s apparel into what is known today as KIE Men’s Shoppe. Since the stores opening, Chance has established exclusive partnerships with some of retails biggest brands such as Arthur George by Robert Kardashian, Manready Mercantile, Stone Rose and 7 Diamonds. Within the first year of the Shoppe's opening, KIE's brand savvy marketing and impeccable taste landed the retail store onto the pages of international publications, retail branding guides and various reputable menswear blogs.
Later that year in September of 2015, Chance announced the launch of his own brand, The KIE Kollection. A ready-to-wear apparel and accessory line that would serve as the flagship line to his clothing store. Upon its release, the brand has since been featured on numerous print and television campaigns and has become a favorite of countless celebrities, musicians, and professional athletes around the world. Following it's release in December of 2015, menswear blog Attire Club recognized The KIE Kollection as one of 2015's TOP Holiday Gift Items for men.
Chance has also gained recognition as one of the Lone Star States up and coming "It-Stylist," dressing the likes of country music star Granger Smith, The Miami Heat, Andy Cohen and various other Hollywood A-listers. As his client base continues to grow, his hard work and dedication growing his multiple businesses would not go unrecognized. The following year international menswear publication, InCompany Magazine, announced that Chance would be gracing the cover of their coveted Fall issue, as one of 2016's 'Most Influential Faces' in mens fashion.
As another season passes and trends began to change, Chance remains connected to his industries ever changing style and followed the e-commerce trend himself in the Spring of 2017, moving his award winning retail store exclusively online. Thanks to his loyal customer base, this courageous move helped establish KIE as not only an online retailer, but as an international lifestyle brand.
Through his creative efforts Chance continues to inspire others with his eye for innovative marketing, launching his highly anticipated Branding and Marketing Agency, Chance Michael Designs, in the Fall of 2017. His geniuine passion for fashion, marketing and all things creative serves a purpose unlike no other in the industry. From personal to professional styling, to retail marketing and brand development, Chance's impact on the world has only just begun.
Continuing his journey into the world of menswear, Chance's unique style and eye for innovative branding has allowed him the opportunity to grow his social media influence internationally. The expansion of his personal brand did not go unrecognized in September of 2017, as he announced his newest partnership with the invitation-only platform, rewardStyle. The first and largest end-to-end content monetization platform for top-tier digital style influencers around the world. Upon acceptance, Chance joined forces with their partner company LikeToKnow.it, aligning him with some of todays most influential people within the fashion industry. Through his latest partnership, you can now shop ALL of Chance's looks from social media by simply downloading the LikeToKnow.it App, or by clicking here.
Outside of his evolving career, Chance is dedicated to giving back to his community and has a genuine passion for helping others. His charitable efforts have helped raise thousands of dollars for numerous non-profit organizations throughout the Central Texas area, including The American Heart Association, Mercy Project, Susan G. Koman Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, Phoebes Home, and many more.
In January of 2018, Chance proudly announced he would be returning to serve on the board of Texas based non-profit, The Fashion Event, as their new President and Executive Director for 2018. A role he is very privileged and honored to fulfill.
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