Embattled Memphis Clothier Closing Up Shop

Embattled Memphis Clothier Closing Up Shop

The owner of a well-known, and somewhat controversial, Memphis clothing store is calling it quits. Known for his outlandish ads, Devine Mafa is closing up shop June 30th.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The owner of a well-known, and somewhat controversial, Memphis clothing store is calling it quits. Known for his outlandish ads, Devine Mafa is closing up shop June 30th.

"And it hurts," he said, "It hurts me everyday and I feel like I want to cry."

Mafa's troubles began last year. He was arrested for harassing a former female employee, then again for violating a protection order she filed against him. Police say he sent the woman nearly 20 text messages.

Mafa maintains he did nothing wrong.

"She also called and filed charges against me complaining and lying saying that I had been texting her 17 times which is absolutely not true," he said. "Texting somebody and asking for your belongings is not harassment."

"These erroneous charges, they're just ridiculous and they've damaged his business as well as his reputation," stated Devin James, Mafa's publicist.

Mafa also says he spent a small fortune on legal fees, and lost the passion for his once thriving business.

"In every location that we've been, in every mall from Saddle Creek to Carriage Crossing, not only were we the first African American owned stores, we were the only locally owned stores."

Now the man perhaps known more for his ads than the clothing he sold could end up behind bars.

Mafa will be in court next week. If the District Attorney's office doesn't drop the charges, he'll be headed to trial.


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