And he did. Jones joined the Army.
Smart, athletic, and agile, Jones took to the experience well. Having grown up a military brat, living all over the world in places including Washington State, Germany, and the low country of South Carolina, he understood how military culture worked.
In 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan. While there, he was content, but I’m not fully happy. He started working at night on a clothing line with a friend in the States. What was late at night for Jones in the Middle East, was daytime on the East Coast, so the two collaborated in the off hours. The clothing line, Crave, launched while Jones was overseas. Though he missed the experience of it, the experience of designing the line wasn’t lost on him in that it re-ignited a creative passion.
Nine months later, Jones returned to the States with one dream – he wanted to design.
Where to do that was the next question.
“I was debating between Atlanta and Charlotte,” he shares. “But then, I realized that I can actually grow with Charlotte.”
He moved to Charlotte in 2013; and he started at The Art Institute of Charlotte. “I started learning more and more every day and every night through school and then YouTube University,” he says with a short laugh.