JNHY graduate Jason Williams said the Honda-like lifestyle has been his “dream since I was seven years old” and he is now “worried” about his future career prospects.
“I had the dream of doing something that would really bring you joy and happiness,” he said.
Williams started his career as a designer for a fashion brand but his dreams of owning his own business soon changed.
He said he was inspired by the Honda Civic Concept car and wanted to “build something similar to that car”.
“The only difference was I would make it in a more luxurious way,” he added.
As the brand grew, Williams became one of the company’s most sought-after young designers and sold the brand to JNHO for $200 million in 2016.
Now, Williams is one of only two JNHA graduates in the US.
The other is the recently-retired designer Michael Breen, who is also a graduate.
Although Williams was inspired to start his own brand, he said he wanted to start with the most basic aspects and build up over time.
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Williams is hoping to start a new career in the design industry in the coming year and has already set his sights on making a successful living.
When asked if he would be interested in doing a “lifestyle” with his Honda, Williams said he would definitely want to explore that, but not immediately.
If he decides to work on the lifestyle business, Williams plans to build the business on his own and is not afraid to say that he would not work for a “big company”.
While Williams admits he is “not sure” if he will be able to make enough money in a lifestyle business as a JNHI graduate, he does have the skills to get the job done.
However, Williams, who graduated in the spring and hopes to start in the fall, said he is willing to take on more risk.
JNHO graduate and Honda enthusiast Matt Breen is one JNHE graduate who is looking to start an auto brand.
While the two have no formal training in car design, they have an affinity for cars and are excited to be taking a leap into the unknown.
Breen has been involved in many projects and has a passion for auto design, but he is not sure what direction his dream will take him.
After completing his studies, Breen said he hopes to eventually become a certified commercial engineer and is looking for a job that would allow him to do that.
In the meantime, Williams hopes to continue to build his career on his Honda-inspired lifestyle and work on a variety of projects to help him with his education.
“I want to be a car designer that is passionate about design, not just because it is fun, but because it has some tangible benefits for me as an individual,” he concluded.