Demetrius Battle – Only Intentional Living

by Terry Watson | September 15th, 2020
Demetrius Battle (Photos by JLG Photography)

Demetrius Battle (Photos by JLG Photography)

Demetrius Battle is a country boy at heart. The self described mama’s boy is a lover of Christ, and a lover of people. He is a motivator and role model. Furthermore, the Clinton, NC native is a lover of family at heart. He is a grandson, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, husband, and father.

This budding entrepreneur is also driven by purpose and goals. He was born in Fort Campbell, KY to Gloria and Michael Battle. Things haven’t always been easy for him. He once walked with Christ and lost his footing at one time, but would eventually find his way back. He rededicated his life back to Christ in 2017. “I came from a background that was very inspiring to me now that I can take time to look back on it. A single mother of four who was abandoned by my dad. My grandparents, uncles, and aunts (on my mother’s side) helped to raise me. I had my hoop dreams deflated after a few years in college. To some, that can be too much to handle, but for me it let me know that God trusted me to make it through those trials and tribulations in order for Him to get the glory for my story, which isn’t done yet. He has a lot more to show the world through me and I am so glad he chose me to steward this vision,” he says.

“I’ve always loved fashion ever since I can remember,” he says. “My mom’s side of the family is from Clinton, North Carolina and my dad is from Bastrop, Louisiana. I grew up in a single parent household with three other siblings, with my oldest sister Kenyatta having a huge influence on me when it came to fashion once I became old enough to dress. At an early age she gave me a passion for fashion that will be with me until the day God decides to call me home,” he says.

That was sometime in the 90’s. Back then Demetrius says the colors were so vibrant and his sister had all the kicks to match. This was around the time when female artists such as Alyiah, MC Lyte, and others were dressing like the fellas with sweat suits, windbreakers, Air Max 95’s, Jordans, and Wheat Timberland boots.

Demetrius is also the owner and founder of Only Intentional Living, an online clothing apparel store. They offer inspirational and motivational phrases on tee shirts, hats, jackets, wristbands, and more. One unique service offered is a monthly membership. “When a customer downloads the wix app and adds our store using a custom code, they can then choose from two plans to receive discounts via emails, and a surprise item per month for free,” he says. Another service is on their apparel that gives customers a chance to show their true colors by allowing them to customize embroidered designs in the colors they choose.

Only Intentional Living was launched in July of this year, though its origin dates back to the summer of 2013. “I started an apparel line for barbers called “In Fresh We Trust Clothing LLC”. It didn’t go so well because I was doing things alone and thought I didn’t need any help. As a result it lasted for only a year. Before I dissolved the company, I started another company called “Tip Your Barber LLC” that was created to help barbers who didn’t have the confidence to promote themselves. That one lasted for about two years before I decided to pull it off the shelf and keep it for myself and my business. I thought I was done with the clothing industry until I started seeking God’s face, asking Him to reveal the purpose He had for my life here on earth. It was around September of 2019 when He started to drill the word “OIL” into my brain. I couldn’t figure out why, so I just wrote the word down and continued living my life. With every encounter I had with God after that, He started revealing more and more until finally the acronym was revealed, O.I.L., and Only Intentional Living was born” he says.

Demetrius says that change happened when he changed his mindset. With his other brands he was doing those for monetary gain. With O.I.L. he allowed God to lead the way and just be a true vessel for what He requires him to do and promote His message. “The lessons I learned from my two prior businesses helped me understand that the only business partner I need is God and whoever He sends along the journey will be fit to take guidance from Him as well.”

Demetrius shares that what he loves most about being an entrepreneur is the opportunity to inspire future entrepreneurs, community leaders, philanthropists, and law abiding citizens. “I also love the partnerships that have been established and those that will be formed in the future. I love the smiles of our customers that we’ve been fortunate to acquire in a short amount of time. I am equally excited about the funds we will raise for future community projects and scholarships for young adults, for the purpose of furthering their education,” he says.

In the future, Demetrius hopes to open up a brick and mortar location in Greensboro, NC. There are plans to open a few more in other popular cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh. He also hopes to partner with local non profit organizations and assist them with fundraising. He is also in the process of starting his own non profit that will focus on providing trades for students who may not have an interest in going to college upon graduating high school. There are other plans that Demetrius has in the works, but he asks everyone to visit his company’s website to learn more.

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