We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Garcia and Scotty Cummings of Strange Magic Co. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam and Scotty what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Strange Magic wasn’t set out or intended to be a business. It was a passion project, a way for us to express ourselves and showcase our art and design work through streetwear. It was a way for us to connect with others and build a community around the things we were passionate about. Pursuing those passions was what was truly important to us and setting it up as a business was a necessity for us to maintain and grow the brand. We highly encourage entrepreneurial spirit and want to see others follow their dreams of taking passions and turning them into small businesses. With dedication and hard work, you can manifest your idea into reality.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Strange Magic features limited-run collections of enchanting designs that work to bring the creative process to life through streetwear. We’re founded on collaboration. driven by passion and inspired by creativity. Our apparel empowers you to share your most authentic self with the world. It’s an outward expression of what drives you and the creative forces at work in everything you do. Strange Magic isn’t just apparel though. In a way, Strange Magic is wearable art. It’s a collective of like-minded individuals who inspire one another to take the spark of an idea and manifest it into reality. It’s the idea that through good vibes, dedication and hard work, we can shape the world around us. Whether you’re a designer, painter, chef, musician, or anything in between, Strange Magic is the common thread that brings all of our creative minds together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, there are so many gems around the city! We are big fans of Crescent Ballroom and going to concerts and shows. Crescent has the best pre-show burrito! We also love to check out what is happening at Valley Bar and catching our friends from Pizza Party Comedy hosting a comedy improv show. Speaking of pizza, it is always great to grab a slice over at Ziggy’s Pizza and pop into the little pin-ball speakeasy Stardust for a drink. On a day when the weather is nice, you can hang out at the Churchill and usually stumble upon a live performance and have a beer from the Brill or pick up some natural wine from Sauvage. Monday’s at the Monorchid there was usually a very intimate live music event or stop into the Nash Jazz club for something a little different. All while walking around town to see some stellar murals from Lalo Cota, JB Snyder, Clyde, Tato Caraveo, and more! A little bit outside of the direct downtown area, we love hanging out at Thunderbird Lounge and playing corn hole. Harveys Wineburger has a phenomenal patty melt. Duck and Decanter is an adorable sandwich place for a tasty lunch. Chula Seafood is a must for a tasty tuna melt. On weekends, we love to get coffee from the coolest little coffee truck, First Place Coffee. Grand Arthaus has a special place in our hearts as a local gallery that we have hosted some events at. It is a cool space that showcases a lot of local art. Also, For The People is a cool shop to look around with fun home decor. If you are into streetwear, shoes, and skate culture – you have to check out Manor, Undefeated, and Cowtown! We can go on and on with how special Phoenix is and all it has to offer. And we haven’t even touched on day trips to Sedona or Flagstaff!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We owe everything to the creative community. We are constantly surrounded and encouraged by other artists, designers, and creators of all types and mediums. It is their passion and creativity that inspires us and pushes us to continue doing what we do. Not only that but all the people, places and establishments that have supported us and given us a chance. Like hosting our events at Grand Arthaus, or pop-up shops at The Churchill, collaborating with The Heavy Pedal, partnering with Phoenix Food People. The list goes on. We are so grateful for our community and the friends and family that support us.