In 2007, Ross Cottingham reached out to me with a contagious enthusiasm for streetwear, REBEL8, and punk rock. He presented his newly established company, Out of Step, and after preliminary conversations, I gave him exclusive distribution of REBEL8 in the United Kingdom. Like REBEL8, Out of Step has grown from a one-person-business to a fully staffed enterprise. Back in '07 I ran REBEL8 out of our first warehouse all by myself. It wasn't until later that same year that I hired my first employee. I literally would wear one of those 1-800-DENTIST headphones and make sales calls as I shipped orders. I became a master of all trades and completely blurred the lines of job titles, roles and responsibilities. And Ross did the same.
Always a pleasure. Safe travels my friend.