\u2018If you build it they will come\u2019 All dreamers are welcomed at ICD studios in downtown Shelton, said Flahn Manly who is the store and brand\u2019s owner\/founder. \u201cThis is a space where creativity is encouraged and appreciated,\u201d said Manly. Colorful paintings and racks of clothing fill the windows of the cozy studio located on Center street. Manly said all of his clothing and artwork is done \u201cin house\u201d by him. He said he initially wanted to do a big marketing campaign for when he opened his shop back in October of last year, but has since changed his mind. \u201cWhen I first was opening the shop I wanted to do a lot of promoting for my line and art work. I wanted to have fliers and a billboard, but I\u2019ve come to realize that my work speaks for itself,\u201d said Manly. \u201cWhen you walk by and see the work in the windows, I have had a lot of people just come inside and to have conversation.\u201d People told Manly his idea wouldn\u2019t work and his brand didn\u2019t have a place in Shelton. \u201cThat was a lie,\u201d said Manly. \u201cEvery business here, belongs here. Nothing else around here is like what I have going on here so I\u2019m carving out my own space.\u201d Since the age of 12 Manly chose to express himself through his artwork and clothes. He said he recalls creating his first t-shirt design by simply drawing with permanent markers on a fruit of the loom shirt and wearing it to school. At his current age of 27, he now strives to inspire the youth through those same forms of expression. Manly said settling in\u00a0Connecticut, after moving around the country a lot because he couldn't stay out of trouble as a child, ultimately helped him focus on taking his brand to the next level and opening up his first shop. \u201cMoving here forced me to focus because I was all on my own at 18 years old,\u201d said Manly, 27, who currently is a resident of Bridgeport. The brand Incomplete Designs or Team ICD was inspired by Manly\u2019s passion for art back in 2003. \u201cThe name came about because I have so much passion for what I do, which is create, but my father never really approved of my work. Although I really love what I do, as a kid, I was never really able to finish a design because I had to hide it from my father. He was a scholar, so I had to hide my drawings because I was supposed to be studying.\u201d Manly said his passion for art has helped him grasp some important life lessons as well. \u201cLife is all about progression,\u201d said Manly. \u201cNo matter what you\u2019re doing or interested in, if you\u2019re investing your time into it you should want to continuously get better at it. Looking back at older pieces of clothes and art I created I see progression from where I started. Fail. It\u2019s okay to fail and you can\u2019t be afraid to fail. I own all of my failures and never pretend to be perfect. We have to embrace our imperfections and failures to truly grow. My motto is \u2018be you, not them\u2019 because you\u2019re an ambassador of your own brand.\u201d He added that through his experiences as a designer and artist, he hopes to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams, no matter how farfetched they may seem. \u201cI really want to show the youth that they can chase their dreams at an early age and they can turn any negative situation into a positive,\u201d said Manly. \u201cMy father thought art was a waste of time, but now I\u2019m here in my own store.\u201d Manly clarified that it has been a long road up until this point and he encourages kids to start pursuing their dreams as early as possible. \u201cMy main goal was to get my store up and running by the age of 30 years old and I am 27,\u201d said Manly. \u201cI reached that goal so now it\u2019s on to the next one. I hope that when someone hears my story it inspires them to chase their dream or goal. You\u2019re never too young.\u201d Matthew Mallozi, DJ and ICD member, said he enjoys the support system that comes along with being a part of Manly\u2019s \u201cteam\u201d of dreamers. \u201cI love hearing about new and fresh ideas from other creative people, it helps he to create new material. Being able to get those other perspectives helps me stay fresh,\u201d said Mallozi. David Atkins, ICD member, said being a part of ICD has inspired him to build his network of artists to see other creative perspectives which helps him further develop his own. \u201cWe all bring something to the table which adds to our goal of achieving success,\u201d said Atkins. \u201cSky\u2019s the limit for us.\u201d Manly said his team is looking to expand and always welcome creative people who have a dream of their own. He advises anyone interested to stop by the store during its hours of business. The store is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m until 11 p.m on Saturdays, and is closed on Sunday. For more information on Incomplete Designs (ICD) you can visit http:\/\/www.icdcreativestudios.us\/\u00a0, download the mobile app by searching ICD Clothing in the app store, or by following their instagram page ICDcreativestudios.us.