Made for Knoxville: Marcus Hall

Style Icon and Craftsman: Meet Marcus Hall, Founder of Marc Nelson Denim.

KEC is excited to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by sharing stories of innovation and inspiration from Black founders in our community, beginning with Marcus Hall.

The love of making is woven through Marcus’ history. His family worked at the Levi’s factory on Cherry Street, only a few blocks away from where the Marc Nelson Denim storefront and production house lives today. The community could take pride in knowing that Levi’s were made in Knoxville and sold all over the world. That sense of pride is what led Marcus to start his small-batch denim business over 10 years ago.


Knoxville has been more than a community for Marcus – it’s a family. He believes in putting your heart and soul into what you do. “If I didn’t believe in it, I’d be out of business.” 


You can stop by  the Marc Nelson Denim storefront at 700 E Depot Ave.

“Made for Knoxville” shines the light on the big wins, everyday hustles, and ongoing challenges of our diverse entrepreneurial community — ranging from “solo-preneurs,” makers, growth stage tech companies, investors, and established institutions. Let the world know what YOU’RE made for at

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