Joel Molina’s NICKNAME NaeSketchie story is almost a saga by now: Joel Molina was born October 22, in New York City to Dominican Republic immigrant parents. His parents reallocated to New York City to pursue an enriching life for his siblings and him. His mother worked in a clothing factory. NaeSketchie was raised in Fordham & Valentine Ave, Bronx, NY. NaeSketchie is an American designer, a multifaceted entrepreneur who oversees various brands and talent management. NaeSketchie is also the chief executive officer of Sketchie Entertainment Record label and MAZCO, a fashion house founded in 2018.
The story of NaeSketchie ascent to the peak of the fashion world is also the story of the industry merge with 15 years of the night life industry, talent manager, and 2-year stock investor. In 2004, while working multiple jobs NaeSketchie’s interest in fashion sparked while working as a sales associate at Dr. Jays, a popular streetwear clothing store in New York City. He started to designed custom spray-painted t-shirts and sneakers for cash to earn more. NaeSketchie always evolving and striving for the best merged into entertainment after his friend suggested hosting house parties due to his lionization. He ran with the suggestion and asked his sister to let him host a gathering at her apartment. He was charging a cover at the door to bring in another stream of revenue and to cover event expenses. He very rapidly grew into the most talked-about host for his lavish parties. And every party, you could count on spotting some of the biggest musicians, celebrities, and personalities from Cardi B, fat Joe, French Montana, Puff Daddy, A Boogie With The Hoodie, Future, Fabolous, DJ Camilo, DJ Prostyle, Funk Flex just to name a few. He’s responsible for bringing hip-hop and radio DJs to the Uptown community and making it known for more than just Spanish culture. In addition to nightlife, he owns a successful Record Label Sketchie Entertainment, where he manages Roc Nation Artist Angelica Vila alongside Fat Joe. NaeSketchie doesn’t stop his consistent hustle he is now branching out to the fashion world with MAZCO.
The history of Mazco started with a vision from NaeSketchie and soon went onto become a brand everyone is embracing. The amalgamation of style and quality is the emblem of the brand.
Is difficult for you to overlook the prominence of the high fashion x streetwear hybrid brand. The purpose of MAZCO is to empower people to look good. “When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good you can do good for others around you”, said NaeSketchie. The origins of the name, MAZCO itself was from my wanting for the name to be memorable, original, and elite. After creating the original logo modeled after a frog, which “Maco” translated to English is a frog, the name MAZCO was born after adding a Z in the name.” NaeSketchie continued and said, “I dropped the original frog logo and incorporated a new logo involving red, blue, and yellow.” The frog represents a variety of symbols, both good and bad which shows that we human beings are not perfect. But generally, they signify transformation, change, cleanse through water, fertility, and prosperity. Being raised and born in the Bronx, NaeSketchie always envisioned the bigger picture. The red represents fire, the yellow represents the sun and the blue represents water equating to LIFE. He wants his consumers to LIVE MAZCO. NaeSketchie said he is constantly coming up with many designs which he wants to put to life. One of the new pieces from his collection is a Princess Diana hoody. He loves the concept of Princess Diana because he stated that Diana used her role in the public eye to change the things she didn’t accept around the world. She also believed in the power of young people to change the world and those young people should be supported to make sure they reach their full potential. He believes in the concept of evolving and always challenging ourselves. Ever since then, he’s been selling out MAZCO’s various clothing stores and his new online (mazcooriginal.com) store to facilitate building MAZCO into the brand he wants it to be and eventually bring it to as many people as possible.