Chasing business person Drew Keith – Temple of Jawnz owner

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Drew Keith, owner of Temple Of Jawnz (TOJ), has evaded responsibility for not delivering custom made clothing to hundreds of customers who allegedly spent a combined total of around $400,000+ [this figure is yet to be confirmed]. Many of these customers have waited more than 2 years for jacket orders that cost them more than $800-$1000. There are rumours that Mr Keith took money from TOJ and invested it into a classy restaurant in Seoul named The Libertine, which has now denounced all association with Mr Keith.

Drew-Keith-portraitWe recently tracked Mr Keith to a new business located in Itaewon, the same suburb as The Libertine. We saw Mr Keith in that new restaurant which served chicken and beer. There were no signs on the building which we thought was suspicious. Mr Keith refused to communicate with us and the female in the restaurant, who some claim is his girlfriend, demanded we leave or she would call the police.

If we reach the total required to do this investigation we will track Drew Keith down again and document the process of trying to get him to communicate with us. Mr Keith is deaf so this will involve strategic communication. We will document (and maybe even explore) legal avenues for begrudged TOJ customers including looking at whether there is enough evidence for Police to follow up.

tumblr_lhxn7wECww1qc2nd3o1_500Drew Keith should be investigated and any malpractice exposed. For significantly less than the cost of a TOJ jacket you can help us investigate, put pressure on Drew for answers, question his former suppliers and staff, and piece together how a man with the seemingly successful brand TOJ can disregard the orders of more than 400 loyal customers without adequate explanation or offering full refunds. We want answers from Drew and information from his former suppliers, friends, (ex)girlfriends, former business associates, former staff, parents, the tax man, warehouse storage, the fly on the wall and so on.

Without resources and finances we have no capacity to look beyond what is already known. It takes a lot of time and money to launch a thorough investigation into a business registered in Japan, operating with staff and suppliers in South Korea, with customers in the U.S, Australia and Europe. We could write a shallow report but it wont add anything to the TOJ saga. We need to get the answers you've been wanting and finally put some pressure on Drew so that he can at least feel like there will be repercussions. Please contribute to hold Drew accountable.

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Q: Will Drew willingly answer your questions?

A: Not without enough pressure put on him. He has successfully evaded many letters, emails, customer comments, and requests for interviews. Tenacity, ongoing pressure, and a long term communication strategy is likely to get some commentary and explanation from him. When he saw us talking with his boss, who may be his girlfriend, at Sam's Hot Chicken in Itaewon his expression was vacant and he knew something significant was transpiring. Sadly we need resources to continue to put this pressure on him and help him realise that he should at least try to do right by those he owes merchandise.

Q: Can the police follow up with Drew?

A: This is yet to be determined. During/after the (journalistic) investigation we will do our best to determine if any laws were broken and whether there is possibly a case against Drew. If there is sufficient evidence Police may follow up if we make the request. However, nothing is certain as we cannot presuppose what we may (or may not) uncover.

Q: Why not just report on what has happened to date and leave it at that?

A: This is the cheap option (i.e., writing a generic article about TOJ customers not receiving orders) but it would not do justice to this matter. Drew Keith has never disputed that he owes hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to customers. A small report that has limited impact does nothing more than inform current customers what they already know. A thorough investigation will attract more attention and might even uncover new information that could result in a just outcome. It would also provide a historical record so that fashionistas will always remember (or have access to information about) the TOJ saga featuring Drew Keith.

Q: Why do you need finances to look into this?

A: We want answers from Drew and information from his former suppliers, friends, (ex)girlfriends, former business associates, former staff, parents, the tax man, warehouse storage, the fly on the wall and so on. Without resources and finances we have no capacity to look beyond what is already known. It takes a lot of time and money to launch a thorough investigation into a business registered in Japan, operating with staff and suppliers in South Korea, with customers in the U.S, Australia and Europe. Once again, we could write a shallow report but it wont add anything to the TOJ saga. We need to get the answers you've been wanting and finally put some pressure on Drew so that he can at least feel like there will be repercussions.

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