Taylor Draper is the CEO and co-founder of INHERENT: custom made menswear that offers personal styling with a mental health mission. Built on Draper’s own struggles with depression, INHERENT designs modern-day “suits of armor” that awaken the inner confidence to battle anxiety, overwhelm, and self-doubt. Following a troubled childhood in Anchorage, Alaska, Draper reached the age of 15 weighing over 300 pounds and was diagnosed with clinical depression. At 16, he and his mother relocated to Colorado Springs, where Draper found the courage to make a fresh start and get healthy - both physically and mentally. A natural entrepreneur, he left home at the earliest opportunity to establish a website and graphic design company at age 18, where he learned the basics of business-building, marketing, and brand development. In 2017, after years of demanding 60-hour work weeks, Draper found himself battling crippling self-doubt, struggling with weight gain, and facing divorce. In order to save himself and his marriage, Draper sought healing and support through extensive counseling and found confidence in the most surprising of places: his wardrobe. “I realized that caring for myself and my appearance gave me the confidence to show up to counseling appointments, helping me build strength to pick up the pieces of a broken marriage and begin to repair.”
Draper established the brand INHERENT which started as an online custom suit store where men could shop affordable luxury styles in the comfort of their own home. Today, their flagship store is open in Colorado Springs and the company advances men’s mental wellness through their non-profit: Foundation by Inherent. The Foundation by Inherent is creating programs, resources, and events to change the face of men’s mental wellness. A portion of all sales made, and employee’s time gets put directly into the Foundation. The larger goal for Draper is normalizing feelings of anxiety, depression, or self-doubt while sparking honest conversation around mental health, ultimately giving men the confidence and courage to speak out.
“My mission will not be complete until phrases like ‘walk it off’ or ‘man up’ are redefined in our vocabulary to mean that a man is in touch with his feelings, and can communicate them in a healthy way. Every man’s first instinct should be to open up about feelings of overwhelm or depression without shame, guilt, or fear.” Through Inherent, Draper helps men build fully functional, versatile wardrobes that awaken confidence and authentic self-expression. The company also partners with local and national organizations working to empower individuals and communities to speak openly about mental health. A fan of golf, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and Formula 1, Draper recharges by playing golf and spending time with his family. Learn more at https://thisisinherent.com. Get a first look at upcoming events, collaborations, and new collections on Instagram @Thisisinherent.Suited for wellness.