GaShon Holden shows some of his unique robe designs. (photo by Cora J. Fossett)
There was a time when dazzling, colorful robes adorned choir members across the country. That attire declined recently as group singers adopted a ‘regular clothes’ uniform.
However, GaShon L. Holden has a passion for creating robes and he aims to “bring back the choir look.” His mantra is, “Since God is good, you should look good while praising Him!”
In keeping with his mission, the L.A. native held the grand opening of Holden’s Choir Apparel on Feb. 4. The business, located at 8506 S. Broadway in Los Angeles, includes a showroom filled with samples as well as a cutting and sewing studio.
“My love for music and choirs cultivated my passion for designing robes. To me, robes display a sense of reverence and respect for the Lord,” said Holden, who started preparing to launch his company eight years ago. While on the journey, he continued to create and sew original robes for many choirs such as the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ.
Also, he served as the minister of music for Crusaders Temple Church of God In Christ. The pastor, the late Rev. Dr. Robert R. Cole, mentored and encouraged Holden to pursue his profession. Cole was one of the first ministers to purchase one of Holden’s custom products.
In addition to robes and cassocks for clergy and choirs, Holden designs men’s ties and handkerchiefs and skirts for women. “I have a vast collection of colorful fabrics, intricate designs and bold prints that will make any choir or minister look great,” said Holden.
Recognizing that some churches have limited funds, he added that he has styles that fit a range of budgets. “I realize that there are situations where people need deals or discounts and I work that out with them. My robes start at $60 per unit and increase up to $500 each.”
To learn more about Holden’s Choir Apparel, call (323) 236-3186 or email [email protected]