QUE of PEACE DENIM CO. / PROPER VILLAINS COLLECTIVE
-WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Born in Brooklyn/Raised in NewJersey/Inspired in Japan
-WHAT DOES YOUR WORK CONSIST OF?
European Inspired Military(Mostly German Wool/Swiss Officer Jackets/Russian Wool Overcoats & fur Hats/Scarves) Hand screened in Japan Tees
-HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
For 8 years I owned the 1st Urban Boutique in NewJersey Underground Apparel.I got bored of the oversized white tee trend,so instead of complaining about it I decided to learn how to design clothing properly.I was lucky enough to meet Mosi Yamada & Megumi Kaneko and we started our underdog brand PeaceDenimCo. and dedicated ourselves to exclusivity & craftsmanship.
-WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The people! I have friends from Brooklyn to Tokyo to Germany to Singapore,true friends not just industry folk. Peace Denim Co. has and always will donate partial proceeds to charities(see BlingKillsCampaign) just knowing I can bring about awareness to an issue,volunteer my time and write a check means the world to me. I have decided to dedicate my life to Awareness & leaving the world better than I found it.
-WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
It’s frustrating when people can’t see your vision initially,but the absolute worse part is Self-Centered,egotistical, self-serving people.I believe people for the most part are good but I’ve seen some ill things in this industry..sad
-IF YOU WEREN’T An artist, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
I would be Directing/Producing Porn
-WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
New York New York and The great love of my life Japan
-WHERE DOES CREATIVITY COME FROM?
Life experiences,I’ve been blessed to travel a bit and the food,the faces and places keep me inspired.But subconsciously I have the weight of the world on my shoulders because the better PeaceDenimco. does, the better any & all charitable causes will do by us.
-WHO’S WORK DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
(Either currently or in the past) Basquiat,Aerosyn Lex,Mia Won,Lynette Astaire,Atsuko Tanaka & Jeff Staple
-WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR INDUSTRY?
These are the dog-days because the economy is in the shitter so you will have companies that won’t survive. But the its always darkest before the dawn.
-WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
The plan is more European collabs,more collabs in Japan.But I design each line at a small coffeeshop in Shibuya-Japan (my absolute favorite place on Earth) so I won’t know until I sit down in that cafe and ask for my usual(tea & sweets)
-WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD ASPIRING TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I’m not some Large-type asshole.I serve at the pleasure of the people.But the one thing I will say to artists is “Never work for a paycheck.”
-ONE DEFINING MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.
Definitely traveling abroad! I grew up in one of the most notorious housing projects in America.I was in the projects during the “Summer Of Crack” as a kid with 2 addicted parents,so my career is more about a Life defining experience not just work.
-WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Oasis “Wonderwall” but I just put down New Amerykah by Erykah Badu.