The NBA invaded Sunday’s “Shark Tank,” with guest shark Charles Barkley and an appearance on the other side of the tank by Metta World Peace. But, it was Dahn Tran and his remarkable story that brought the heart and spirit.
A Vietnamese immigrant, Tran grew up with the dream of coming to America to be a fashion designer. His parents ran a tailor shop in Vietnam where he first made his own clothes at the age of 10, but his mother wanted a different career for him. She wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer.
Deciding to follow his dream anyway, Tran worked at Mattel making clothes for Barbie dolls while he saved enough money to go to fashion school. Tran has given his all in the pursuit of his dream.
“I invested in the company, $240,000 with my own money,” Tran said, his voice breaking. “I quit my job, I sold my house and I cashed out my 401(k). I’m all in.”
That company is Butter Cloth, which Tran runs with the help of fellow entrepreneur Gary Falkenburg. Butter Cloth is a brand of cotton dress shirt designed for comfort and movability. Falkenburg said: “Butter Cloth feels like you’re wrapped in a hammock in the Caribbean under a palm tree, but looks like you’re giving a keynote at NASA.”
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