Sooner Suited for Success

Sunday, January 4th 2009, 6:41 pm
By: News 9

By Christian Price, News9com INsite Team

OKLAHOMA CITY -- He's known throughout Oklahoma for his song and dance, "O Walk," but rapper Juice-Da-Truth is starting to be noticed for his fashion designs.

"Since I was five, I would just throw little stuff together," Truth said. "As a kid, I always wanted to be different."

Truth's work spans from casual wear, to what he's best known for, dress suits.

His latest suit jacket is in honor of his favorite college football team, the Sooners. He has accented the dress jacket with OU colors and logos on the lapel and pockets. He also created shoes with the same pattern as the jacket.

"I've always been a Sooner fan," Truth said. "My dad liked to watch them. My sister graduated from OU, so that's why I've been just all Sooner."

According to Truth, this isn't a passing fancy that he will eventually out grow.

"Designing my own clothes and shoes, that's what I'm passionate about," Truth said. "I've been doing it since a young age and I've learned from the best."

And the best according to Truth is 77-year-old Emily Johnson. The unlikely sewing team was introduced to one another by Truth's uncle.

"Justin was trying to do this design and his uncle said, ‘Come on, I'll take you to the right place to learn if that's what you want to do,'" Johnson said. "So he brought him over here."

Johnson isn't surprised that a man is interested in learning to sew. In fact, she encourages it.

"I think it's wonderful," Johnson said. "I think it's just wonderful. More young men should try to get into this type of work. It would give them something to do to keep them off the streets. They would be making somethings that's beautiful that nobody else has."

Truth agrees with Johnson that there are many benefits in knowing how to create your own clothes.

 "It's a good skill to have," Truth said. "You can wear whatever you want to wear because you designed it."