This Arlington high schooler runs a designer shoe #business out of his house. (The red ones are Louboutins) Story on @nbcwashington at 5 pic.twitter.com/9fNFx9oLfR
— Aimee Cho (@AimeeCho4) July 3, 2017
Gautam Malik runs Kickz Malik out of his family’s house in Arlington, Virginia. He’s a middleman for “sneakerheads,” buying low and selling high to stores.
The rising #high school senior is only 17 now, but he already has been selling sneakers for five years. He said he made his first sales when he was 12 — first to friends and then online. The work keeps him busy.
“I like to get stuff from here to the store in a day or two. Just keep going around, trying to get another pair of shoes, trying to make an easy flip, doing whatever I can,” he said, surrounded by shoe boxes.
A lot of his classmates have internships for the summer. Malik hired his own intern. Anu Ganbold, who will be a college freshman in the fall, spends hours with Malik every day packing shoes and making sure they’re the real deal.