In October of 2014, I moved out of my Spanish Town apartment and went home. I was unhappy, and I knew I wasn’t reaching my full potential or following my creative pursuits enough. Home was a place I could be grounded. Also, for me, home is my grandmother’s house. She’s a go-getter, a businesswoman and a creative in her own right. She also has a large sewing studio in her backyard (it’s called The Shop).
Being endlessly curious and also endlessly frustrated that I didn’t have direct access to the clothing brands I like, I asked her to teach me to sew. After a few pieces, I fell headfirst into it, exploring the endless possibilities. I quickly found that I didn’t like using patterns created by other people and that I’d have more freedom if I learned to create my own. So, I did.
When Ashley Monaghan and Andi Eaton of the Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design (SCFD) asked me to show my clothes in the fall of 2015, I hurriedly made a website and a line was born. In fact, I owe a lot to those two girls for making my clothes a thing.
In January of 2016, I moved to Brooklyn. I realized I needed more of a challenge, and I knew New York would provide that. It hasn’t disappointed. But I’m in love with Brooklyn and its people, its food, its nightlife, its graffiti, its style.
So now, I’m looking to develop clothes that would work for both Brooklynites and New Orleans folks alike. I want to make clothes without pretension, clothes that are affordable and effortlessly cool, clothes that are free enough that when a person wears them, their self-expression shines through.
Clothes for me, are about that. They’re part of the person’s story, helping an individual reveal their whole self, elevating their self-expression if you will. When people are confident in what they wear and confident enough to shine their true selves outwardly, that's what it's all about, I think. That’s style, that’s fashion.
Being a part of the LGBT community, I think it’s important to create clothes that are unique, effortless and cool. We’ve struggled with a lot of things, but there are also a lot of tastemakers in our community. It was important for me to create things that spoke to both men and women, riding the line of the gender binary, and, in a way, rejecting it.
My clothes aren’t out-of-the-box creations. They’re simple pieces, basic essentials, made to be parts of a person’s story. But they’re for everyone.