When DETH started to take off in November of 2020, I was working from my garage packing orders myself from sun up to sun down, I barely had time to eat just to keep up with the orders that were rolling in. I wanted to slow down, but everyone in my life pushed me to keep up with the momentum. After a few weeks, a friend offered to rent out his commercial warehouse space (I'm sure he could imagine how chaotic my garage was). It was a unique opportunity since no landlord would have qualified me as a legitimate tenant to occupy their building. I mean, honestly, my business had really only been running for a few weeks and I wasn’t in a position to sign a 5 or 10 year lease since I had no idea where this brand was going to go- it was literally only a few weeks old.
I hired a guy with a truck from my neighborhood to load up my inventory from my garage and take it to the new space, and by the next day I was shipping orders- and the day after that, I brought on my first full time employee, Julienne. This was the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
We stayed in this warehouse for probably 6 months or so. I'm honestly not great at remembering months or years of my life, but what an interesting time this was. We were in a sketchy part of the valley in Los Angeles, right next to a happy ending massage parlor. We always locked our doors and watched through the windows as strange men would wander their way into this creepy massage place. There was a great Indian spot down the street with great lunch specials and huge portions that we ate until we were sick of it. Even to this day, a year later since I’ve had it, I can’t even think about eating there again.