Modern trade and commerce is the built upon swagger jacking and repackaging a hustle thriving in one market to other markets worldwide. Italian fashion designers swagger jack from African and Native American textile patterns and build brands. American tech firms swagger jack from Japanese tech designers and these bigoted American tech blogs acts like Americans innovated the technology. But when it comes to sistas swagger jacking to get paid…well, that’s why we writing this article, right?
Sistas should be smart enough to start looking at worldwide patterns and learn how to swagger jack and extract something that they find and bring it to other markets. Keep in mind I did not say bring that hustle back here to America – I said bring it to markets where cats got money to buy it worldwide. In some cases, sistas can bypass the whole American market and still make money. I know plenty of natural African sistas who come here to America and running international import/export between Africa and Dubai and Latin America and ain’t got anything to do with trying to be liked in the American economy.
Current Level of Sistas Doing the International Swagger Jacking Thing
Right now, there are some sistas that are thinking this way and let’s talk about them. First, you got the sistas who go to trade port cities like New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle buying stuff wholesale off the boxes and then sell them in boutiques or at these rental tables at various conferences and events. This is probably ground floor hustle but keep in mind depending on the area, limited because of the limited number of boutiques and unoriginally. Quite easy for some sista to remark she saw some other sistas selling those same handbags in the corporate parking lot out of her trunk for cheap.
So that is the next example and that is the sistas who run off to Italy or Paris and buy from local boutiques and resell the products here in the form of “trunk sales” at these wine bars or private functions at some snobby chick house. This is step two of the game and requires a level of socialite skills and it can be quite profitable if you hang out with a bougie sista clique. I know plenty of chicks in Houston and Atlanta that do this and they doing real well for themselves as well as enjoy Milan and Paris and make money doing it.
But in reality – all of that fashion run and trunk sales I just mention is lightweight and unscalable ish and let’s be honest about it. We talking major level swagger jacking that you can take worldwide and get your money up very fast. The problem is sistas need to start thinking on that basic level and clear their minds of the “gotta do business for my sistas” BS and use common sense and creativity in swagger jacking. Let’s look at some examples.
Kashi. Notice how they go worldwide to find the ingredients that other cultures use for taste and put it together and sell a new brand line of food back here in America. This is exactly the level you sistas need to be on, learning to go worldwide, do worldwide research and once you see something that sparks your interest, swagger jack it and bring it to other markets to offer for sale.
Chipotle. The CEO and founder explicitly said he got the inspiration from his visits at the Taqueria spots he used to go eat at and he straight swagger jacked it. But he also added his own twist and background and that is how he created this extremely successful franchise. I keep hinting at yall to swagger jack Chipotle and bring it to the hood with a soul twist but yall ain’t listening to a brotha.
Missoni. Angela Missoni basically told you where they (her, mom and dad) swagger jacked to get the Missoni style which is African garbs. She explicitly tells yall she swagger jacked patterns from Africa as well as other countries.
Now You See How the International Swagger Jacking Goes On
One of the best sistas who successfully international swagger jacked is Nikki Minaj. At first, I was thinking Nikki Minaj swagger jacked from Grace Jones but with all the colorful and outlandish stuff she was wearing, I knew she definitely swagger jacked from the Harajuku sistas up in Japan just like Lady Gaga.
But Nikki is nowhere near the level of outrageous and perversion of the Harajuku sistas up in Japan. Check out this video – well, I have to warn you before checking out this video, but this is a video below of what Nikki is trying to swagger jack but Nikki Minaj simply can’t go to that level. Now, this is a warning – this video is extremely weird like a bad nightmare but you may find the song catchy and keep playing it and can’t get the song out of your head. Play at your risk:
But guess what? I absolutely have nothing but love and respect for Nikki Minaj for actually taking it to the level of international swagger jacking like this instead of all that keep it real crap these other female rappers are on. That’s why Nikki Minaj is simply the best in the game right now and no one is even second close because she is going to new levels while everybody else still on some local simple ish.
How Sistas Can Start the International Swagger Jacking Process
Learning Markets. Start studying other cultures, particulary the female fashion culture in other countries and look for things they are doing that they are not doing here. For example, how many times have I mentioned SampleLabs and LCafe to yall? This is a café that caters to women in Shibuya, Tokyo where they also provide sample products of cosmetics and other stuff for women to try out. Why haven’t any of you sistas swagger jack that ish?! You can just pick out large cities worldwide and just search on fashion and trends and even look at traditions in these countries and see what can be swagger jack.
Learn How to Trade. Now this is most important but not hard and that is to learn the laws and the local customs to trading. Please get a notebook, a physical notebook and start doing homework and research on how to trade. I don’t like throwing out links anymore because cats don’t do nothing but read anyway on the Internet. If you sistas are serious, you will write down markets you want to do business in, look at the US Trade web site to understand process and pitfalls and work with other or try to contact others on how to trade. If you put in work and try to make progress, you will get this down and even find some people who can help you.
Buy Low and Sell High. Make sure you understand everything from foreign exchange rates to the cost of goods in one country or another. This information is published daily and if you read financial news or manufacturing news, you will be able to extract a pattern of where the experts are sourcing products from and where they selling the products at in the world. You sistas do that homework and swagger jack those patterns the experts are doing and enter those markets yourself with your own twist. They have free trade zones all over the world and this is something you also need to study and understand.
It is disappointing to hear all these sistas talking about they graduated from Hampton, Yale, Spellman, Howard, Stanford, UCLA, Kennedy-King College and yet you are not hearing sistas making these kind of moves when the opportunity is out there. As I explained before, no one is going to tell you sistas how to do it big and do it your way. You have to go out and get it and remember that the world is yours to go out and get it.
Everybody else is on that old way of entrepreneurship thinking and you sistas cannot afford to conform yourself to these limited-thinking characters. It’s time for sistas to start leveraging what they are and start selling the real sista brand worldwide to other sistas. These others women, especially from emerging countries strongly admire and look up to African-American sistas but you sistas ain’t doing a good job of marketing and selling yourself to billions of other sistas worldwide. That got to change.
Don’t sit there and act like you have to be original or go home. Everybody is swagger jacking on the international levels and it’s time for sistas at large to step to that level and go get it. I’m not the one trying to hold a sista back, I know and truly hope you sistas stop limiting yourself and start doing it big and worldwide and go get what’s yours.
The world is waiting…