Santa Fe, NM – Douglas Owen, founder of emoji shirt maker Stylemoji, announced that he is totally happy to go to the Saudi Arabian Investment Conference next week, despite the dark cloud hanging over the event due to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Owen considers it an opportunity to expand his brand and help prop up the conference after Apple, Google, Uber, JPMorgan, Ford, Mastercard, Viacom, Credit Suisse, Thrive, IMF, the Los Angles Times, the New York Times and Standard Chartered are among the prominent companies to pull out.
While these companies have pulled out due to not wanting any association with the potential politically motivated murder, Owen instead sees this as an opportunity for Stylemoji to step up on the global stage and solidify its place as the premium apparel line for all winky-face, cucumber, and poop emojis. He also envisions the shirts helping soften Saudi Arabia’s image and showing a more relatable side to their leadership, such as wearing a crying-face emoji shirt while expressing condolences towards the brutal nature of Khashoggi’s death.
Stylemoji is Owen’s second business venture. His previous attempt, a cooking site that included Tide Pods in every recipe in an attempt to appeal to millenials, was considered a complete and utter failure.