Here’s a nice sitdown interview with Eli Morgan Gessner by Skee.TV and KarmaLoopTV, who talks about his background and story. He’s a multi-talented white guy born and raised in New York City, who began as a graffiti writer and skater in the 1970s before going on to much bigger things.

Gessner helped Russell Simmons launch Phat Farm, but at the same time, he and his partners launched the popular skateboard company Zoo York, which has gone on to become one of the biggest in the skate industry.

In this clip, the designer / screenwriter / director gives viewers a rundown of his start in the clothing biz with Russell Simmons and Phat Farm, and how it led to Zoo York and later movies and more.