If you've had a chance to read Our Story (and if you haven't click here), then you've probably heard about a pair of jeans that inspired me. While they didn't necessarily inspire me to start THIS brand, they inspired me to pursue fashion design.
As a kid, art was always my favorite class, and it still is. In fact, I chose to make a dress in high school instead of writing a poem, that's how much I loved it and my parents thought I was crazy! I always filled electives with all types of art classes and my free time with crafts and DIYs. My parents forced me into a basketball camp one summer to see if I was maybe the athletic type, which I distinctly remember hating, and never went back. We joke about it today, as my younger is now the basketball star, playing at the collegiate level.
When I was 13, a family trip to the beach introduced me to these quirkily embellished jeans that started it all. There was a blanket stitch across the waistband with fabric patches topped with beads and fabric ink all over. Of course at this age, checking the price tag hadn't crossed my mind. I was focused on the creativity before my eyes. I remember calling my mom over, as she liked unique clothing too, and admiring them with her before she pulled out the price tag, $175!! Her first response was, "We can make that!" When we arrived home from the beach, I found a pair of old jeans and we got to work on my first ever fashion design project. We went to Hancock Fabric for beads, fabric patches, and thread. We even purchased bead storage containers and I felt so official. I remember trying to copy the design I had seen exactly, and I must say that I got pretty close (sorry to whoever designed those jeans, didn't mean to be a copycat!). I was so proud of the jeans, I wore them as much as I could. But I was also in that growing age, so they didn't last very long.
For over 10 years they've been hanging in my closet with me not giving them much thought about the impact they had on me. Not only did they have a creative impact on me, but they have also shown the older me that I've always had the drive to create my own way. These jeans now symbolize creativity, drive, and a dream and they will one day have a spot in my future studio.
My parents and I now joke that they should have bought the jeans, as maybe they would have saved money in the long run by squashing my idea of making my own clothes and avoiding production costs! Ha!
If you're still reading, I've never shared these jeans with the public, so enjoy! I hope they encourage you to think about what inspires you and why, and what keeps you chasing after your dreams.