THE business scenario in the CNMI has turned from bleak to bleaker, with one misfortune hitting the islands one after the other. The demise of the garment industry from over 30 factories to zero, the changes in regulations brought about by the federalization of immigration which has driven residents search for better opportunities elsewhere, and the global crisis which has spared no one.
These and more have caused businesses to close and investors to be on a “wait and see” stance before pouring money into the island.
Doors seem to be closing in from all direction, leaving everyone uncertain of the future.
But not for one individual who succeeded in bringing Saipan to the limelight with his talent in T-shirt designing.
Konflikt, the Saipan-born Mixed Martial Arts clothing company has made it to the third place in the “Top Five MMA clothing brands you don’t know but should” in the online Bleacher Report, the world’s largest network which is powered entirely by fan-generated content.
The other featured designers and Konflikt’s contenders were the Scrappler, Boston Brawler, Crooked Jaw, and Insanity Fightwear.
Konflikt designer Norman Del Rosario said he feels very much honored to be recognized by the Bleacher Report (www.bleacherreport.com) for his designs.
“The power of the internet allows people from all over the world to see the designs and wear the Konflikt brand,” he said.
Nick Colon, senior analyst for the Bleacher Report, said Konflikt MMA is a brand that many MMA clothing fans and other clothing fans in general should take a hard look at the short term future.
“This company’s brand is exceptional, with popular designs such as fleur-de-lis and a quite brutally good-looking font of text,” Colon stated.
Konflikt entered the MMA clothing scene six months ago and immediately caught the eye of MMA fighters and their fans from Saipan as well as those from off-island fighters.
Despite the limited resources, Konflikt have already made its way into the hearts of famous MMA fighters including Mark Munoz, Junie Browning and Philippe Nover who tried the designs of del Rossario.
MMA fighters, fans and enthusiasts will see the latest Konflikt designs as the company breaks into the Ultimate Fighting Championship scene in UFC 109 on Feb. 6, 2010.
Konflikt carries the trademark of Saipan in all its designs.
While working and designing T-shirts for famous MMA fighters in the world, the designer aspire to bring recognition to Saipan and the CNMI by incorporating the place in all the designs he creates.
Every design has its own character, made to match various moods and temperaments.
Konflikt t-shirts stick to one solid color of black, white or red.
Owning and wearing a Konflikt t-shirt has become a status symbol not only for the MMA fighters but for the hundreds of fans.
Konflikt maintains a very limited edition in all the designs they release to the store.
“We want anybody who wears the Konflikt designs that they are unique and not mass produced. Once you miss a design, you cannot see it in the market again because new designs will come out and take its place,” the designer said.
Konflikt MMA clothing portrays the image of always accepting challenges, refusing to play it safe, taking chances, never backing down and putting it all on the line for what you believe in.
Any Konflikt design embodies the heart and soul of those who are into the MMA lifestyle, and dedicated to provide excellence in design and quality at a value that consumers can appreciate.
Konflikt will soon be able to serve clients in three other places such as Hawaii, Ohio, and the Philippines.
Negotiations are ongoing and the designer hopes to proceed with the expansion within this year.
“We want MMA fighters and fans all over the world to have instant access to our brand wherever they are,” the designer said.
Konflikt recently introduced its line of female apparel with new designs coming out every week. Konflikt’s clients are eagerly waiting for the latest additions to its product lines such as shorts, gloves and other accessories.
Konflikt T-shirts are exclusively available at the 670 Rock Steady Shop in Gualo Rai.
This article was first published HERE