"My shirt was wrinkled, halfway untucked, and clammy " and MoS (a clothing brand) was started by Students from MIT !

Monday September 03, 2012,

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The impression you create matter in your professional space especially in corporate companies. For Aman Advani, showing up at the client site after a Monday morning flight, looking frazzled by 11 AM, wasn't suitable.  “My shirt was wrinkled, halfway untucked, and clammy - not acceptable!” he says. He is just one among the thousands working in corporate companies that require their employees to be dressed in formal wear four to five days a week.

Customers think problems while entrepreneurs think solutions. So in 2010, as students at MIT, U.S.A, Kevin Rustagi, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Eddie Obropta, Eric Khatchadourian, Kit Hickey and Aman Advani decided to work on reinventing men’s business apparel using engineering recreating and rethinking garments from the ground up. With a distant James Bond reference, linking their brand to a subtle or secretly incredible theme, their startup was named Ministry of Supply.

Led by a team with complimentary skill sets like engineering, liberal arts and business expertise, Ministry of Supply is targeted towards youthful, active group of men and women who are go-getters. “The difference for us is about combining function with fashion; performance with profession; existing at the crossroads of these attributes is unique, in that no other player combines these two areas today,” says Aman.

But the real secret ingredient in their shirts is their fabric which is created by combining high grade synthetics into a knit pattern aimed at making the shirts a comfortable wear. The shirts are cool to the touch on a hot day helping to regulate the body's temperature proactively. They may be listed among Inc’s Coolest Student Startups of 2012 but they faced their own set of challenges as students who started up while in college. It was tough to balance school work, Ministry of Supply, and a social life for the team of Ministry of Supply. Time management has been the answer to this bunch of student entrepreneurs to prioritize their time between their startup and school.As for the best parts of being student entrepreneurs, according to Aman, getting to know the other student entrepreneurs was easily the best part. Not to forget the great support offered to the students by the Sloan school connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need, apart from the Trust Center that is equally strong. “Bill Aulet, who leads the Trust Center, along with his team, is always providing us with great advice, connecting us with mentors and collaborators, sharing work space and other logistical needs, and sometimes even a free meal here and there!” shares Aman. Currently prototyping new articles of clothing, Ministry of Supply hopes to explore accessories and women's clothing as well much further down the line.

It is heartening to know that the student entrepreneurs are thoroughly encouraged in the U.S particularly in Boston / MIT. It is well known that the resources available to the student entrepreneurs are never ending, and the profession is highly valued in their society. Entrepreneurs are respected as individuals who are calculated risk takers. What about India? What do you think is the social status of being an entrepreneur in India? What do you think are some of the resources that students in India need to pursue entrepreneurship as a career?

Want to take a look at shirts tailored with the latest engineering technology? Take a look at Ministry of Supply.

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