Originally Posted by avery
just out of curiosity, what did you do before you started making clothes? did you have background in clothing production?
I've been a moocher, a kindergarten teacher, and a cubicle monkey at an office where I was put into a ring to fight off some other guy for the management's fun basically, long ago; I learned pretty early that working in an office wasn't for me unless I was gonna call the shots, and I learned I didn't make a very good kindergarten teacher because I am a drunk and waking up at 8 was too much for me, it was time out for every kid in class until I got over my hangovers.
Clothing construction, I learned from my mother, who is a hobby sewer since she learned it from her grandmother, and I just kind of have an engineering mind and a photographic memory so I picked up a lot. She would always say this and that were too hard to make, but I am not deterred from challenges, I am pretty good at macgyver'ing shit. I went to art school awhile back and pissed everyone off because I was lazy and fucked up in the daylight hours and then I'd work overnight and make some sort of engineered thing when everyone else would stick to the studio hours and paint a typical study.
My grandmother though, she is a real shopper and she always made it a habit of taking all of the grandchildren shopping around July or August and fitting us out for new school clothes every year; she'd tell us what we needed and what to buy and we'd all be set, and everyone liked my clothes when I was growing up. I had cool sneakers and shit when I was in elementary school and I remember this PRL rugby shirt she bought me in middle school that really reached out to me, because it was so soft and the pattern was nice, it was the first time I paid attention to clothing for the appreciation of what went into it, how it looked, etc. I went to public schools too, with a lot of black kids, and so classical '90s streetwear along with grunge-y white people's clothing were big at the time, so that was a huge influence too. It was part street pricetag/newest sneakers-effect X drifty/swaggery depleted grunge that made an impression on me. I actually ended up dressing really trad+old guard Italian luxury towards the last part of high school but all of these things formed my tastes in clothing.