At the age of 12 years old, Philadelphia native Trey Brown launched his very own clothing line, SPERGO. The initial collection was simple and consisted of red, black, and blue logo printed t-shirts. Now, at the age of 14, Trey has expanded the SPERGO line to include sweatsuits, hoodies, boxer briefs, bags, and other apparel and accessories for men, women, and children.
SPERGO has been seen on celebrities from Meek Mill to DaBaby but one celebrity Trey has always admired was music mogul and business tycoon, Sean “Diddy” Combs.
On a recent episode of Ellen, Trey spoke highly of Diddy, calling him his “biggest inspiration.”
“When I started, I looked at Mr. Sean for inspiration,” he said. “He’s from New York. He’s a hustler, just like me.”
It was then that the young CEO was surprised by the man himself. It turns out, the admiration was mutual.
“This kid would call me every single day. I don’t know how he got my number. And he didn’t regular-call me neither. He would FaceTime me and I was just blown away by his tenacity, by his focus, the quality of his manufacturing, you are a prime example of who we are going to be giving out Black Excellence Entrepreneurial grants to,” Diddy said before presenting Trey with $25,000 towards his business.
Young CEO Trey Brown got the surprise of a lifetime when he got to meet @Diddy backstage at my show. pic.twitter.com/8a0c6Dp8jy
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 29, 2020
Meeting Diddy was a huge moment for Trey, who says that one post from the music mogul on Instagram helped him sell out of product on his website and secure his first wholesale deal.
“I sent Mr. Sean a message July 2018, he posted my video in August 2018. That day my website sold out of EVERYTHING. Got my first wholesale deal,” he revealed. The young CEO says he’s also writing his first book.
Trey Brown is the first recipient of Diddy’s entrepreneurial grant but hopefully, he won’t be the last. To keep up with Trey Brown and watch his entrepreneurial dreams continue to come true, follow him on Instagram at @ceotreybrown.