The focus of this collection is the downward spiral of self-indulgence. The garments are torn, tattered, deconstructed and abused. It is a metaphor about what me, as a designer has gone through, and battling addiction, depression, and recovery.
The ornamentation, manipulation, and over all destruction of the fabric display the journey and evolution from the bottom of the spiral, to the constant struggle to the top.
• When did you know you wanted to be in the fashion industry?
It isn’t that I knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry, I was just drawn to it. I
have always been into the arts, photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, etc. Fashion is just one of many ways to express yourself, but also has a different world to it, I really enjoy the design aspect, but also the business of side as well. Nothing is more challenging than creating and then placing a price tag on it.
• How long have you been in the industry?
Hmmm, lets see. I started my first fashion design courses when I was 16. So
academically, almost 10 years. Professionally, just about 5 years. That includes internships and entry-level positions mainly.
• What is your role in the industry?
I don’t have a role. I just like to do what interests me. For all I know, I might become a professional skydiver or veterinarian. I don’t like to put titles on others or myself because it puts you in categories, which then comes with expectations. And we all know, “Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.”
- Charlotte Bronte
• Are you a RTW designer?
Yes. Among other categories of design.
• What does fashion mean to you?
Evolution of love and hate.
• What is your inspiration?
Inspiration is so important. I really love pulling emotion into my work, I find that it is much easier to connect to or be inspired by something when you have lived and breathed the concept.
• Is there a theme or message in your clothing?
A dark sense of humor, and a sense of pessimistic mystery. I don’t want to
sound cliché, but I really like the darker things in life. It keeps me humble and grounded. I consider myself a realist; nothing bothers me more than being caught in the clouds. It’s okay to dream, but check back into reality every once in a while.
• What makes your clothing/accessories unique?
I really focus on having a hand quality to my garments; I want it to be apparent that there is an important focus to detail and craftsmanship. I apply every thought and idea as if it were going in my own wardrobe.
• What are your best selling designs?
My outerwear, pants, leather items, and accessories.
• What fabrics do you see the industry moving to?
The industry is constantly changing, just to be safe, stick to the basics, and then make something weird to give you that modern appeal.
• Why do you think you have been so successful in the industry?
Success is whatever you want it to be. Currently – I have made a collection that speaks truly to who I am as a designer, and to me, that is success.
• And what advice can you give to the many aspiring new designers?
Keep going and experiment!
• Your target demographic?
I don’t like to put an age group, more like a personality. My garments are definitely for the mysterious. No matter age, color, or creed.
• Do you have worldwide distribution, or are you carried by Major Stores?
Currently working on the distribution.
• Are they sourced locally or import?
About 90% is locally sourced here in New York City.
• What is your favorite piece/item you have ever done?
Oh hands down my leather & goat fur backpack that turns into a hooded leather jacket!
• What is the most memorable/favorite moment in your fashion career/history?
I have had so really great high and really low lows. To be honest, the bad times are my constant reminder of how things really are – like I said earlier, they keep me in check and humbled. So all of my screw-ups are the most memorable.
• Is there a special moment, in your career, in which key decisions
were made that were pivotal to your success?
Yes of course, when starting out you have to really design not only your
clothing, but also EVERYTHING else after who you are and your customer. You might think this is all about garments…no. You have to think about your logo, fonts, colors, web presence, location, etc. There are SO many things that you have to build to create who you are. Then hope
to god people give a shit. Because remember, nothing is guaranteed.
• How do you feel the recession has affected the fashion industry in
the US, Europe, and Asia?
I try to stay on top of what is happening globally in the industry. So many people are unaware of the tragedies that are constantly occurring around the world. This truly unknowingly affects everyone.
• What trend could you do without this year/season?
I think the spikes and studs found EVERYWHERE need to go. That way
when they come back into trend, they can be used correctly.
• Do you have a designer that you admire and why?
Of course, all designers do, just depend on if they admit that or not. I wouldn’t have learned about experimentation if it weren’t for designers like Rick Owens, and Ann Demeulemeester. There is a constant evolution of their costumer. Their garments don’t stay idle, and don’t grow old. They stay true to what their label identifies with, and because of that, they have a dedicated guy. This is something I keep constant in my mind when designing. Making sure I am being reliable for my guy.