What informed your distinct aesthetic?
I was working at a company called The Pop Studio in Los Angeles—they work with a lot of different brands. The head of that company was like, “I want to do our own brand and I want to use your aesthetic.” At that point I didn’t even know what that was! I was doing a lot of embroidery, but I didn’t really think anything of it. That creative director pushed me to make something different and to introduce something into the denim world that wasn’t the average Western-style embroidered shirt. I was also doing a lot of meditation at the time and that really brought about a lot of geometric forms.
Where do you source your materials?
From friends who are getting rid of their jeans. It all started when my friend lost a ton of weight and gave me 10 pairs of old jeans. But I’ll also go to The Salvation Army and get the biggest jeans I can find.