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“I’ve always been the kid that chose his own clothes,” Peter Jean-Marie
It’s over. Tried to tell me it’s over. It’s over. But for Peter Jean Marie, It wasn’t and isn’t over as he continues to pursue his dream to be a household name in fashion. No matter the feat, the mountain to climb, the challenges to face, Peter continues his pursuit to be a highly successful fashion designer. Peter Jean-Marie | Naples, FL
StitchnPost | Do you recall where you were when you decided to become a fashion designer? If so where?
Peter | I decided that I wanted to become a fashion designer around the age of sixteen. I was a sophomore at the time, and one early morning at school on my iPad, walking down the hallway scrolling looking at different design schools to attend.
StitchnPost | How did fashion design come to be your career choice?
Peter | I started off as a model at sixteen, and as modeling jobs started to be limited due to my circumstances at the time, I then decided that I was going to design my own clothes and become my own model.
StitchnPost | Was there someone in your life that was the inspiration for you choosing a career in fashion design?
Peter | No one inspired me to choose a career in fashion. Growing up. I’ve always been the kid that chose his own clothes | when my parents took me shopping | and tried to out-dress everyone else.
StitchnPost | Do you recall a challenge that you have experienced as a designer involving a design project or event that you would like to share? And if so, how did you overcome that challenge?
Peter | Yes! I remember working on a dress for two weeks straight and the day before the competition the dress was completely destroyed. I could have opted out, gave up, but instead, I let my passion drive me into staying up all night up until the morning of the competition to design the whole dress. I may have a photo of it on Google. Made out of chocolate.
StitchnPost | What is that you strive for when you are working on a new project?
Peter | There’s always a story behind the things I design. I strive in a way to make it memorable, whether it be the pattern, the back story, the material, etc.
StitchnPost | What would you say is the most challenging when creating a new design?
Peter | For me, I’d say drawing. I don’t like to draw.
Putting One Foot | In | Front of the Other
StitchnPost | Once you have completed a design project, what is that you hope to have accomplished?
Peter | When completing a design project, I hope to have it look exactly as I had drawn it out to be. Can you imagine working on a design for days just for it to come out different from what you wanted? I could not.
StitchnPost | Did you have another career path that you had an interest in before fashion design?
Peter | Modeling and acting was and is what I really wanted to get into but somehow fashion is still making it possible for me.
StitchnPost | What do your family and friends think now that you have completed your training in fashion and have officially become a fashion designer?
Peter | Some feel inspired, some continue to doubt, and some continue to support. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’ve gotten far by simply putting one foot in front of the other at my own pace.
StitchnPost | Where did you train to become a fashion designer? Would you recommend the university to another?
Peter | I attended the Miami International University of Art & Design. The only reason why I’d recommend that school is because it really challenged me and gave me real-life experience as a fashion designer whether it be in or outside of class.
StitchnPost | What does the term sustainable and ethically conscious fashion mean to you? During your training in college, did you work on any design projects involving sustainable fashion?
Peter | Not quiet BUT I remember in class this store called Century 21 had clothes that weren’t selling and instead of throwing them all away, they gave me and a few others the opportunity to redesign them so that customers may consider buying them. Somewhat like recycling the clothes.
StitchnPost | During this time of Covid-19, how do you keep yourself, safe, motivated, and continue to design?
Peter | Early March I found myself designing facemasks and donating thousands of them before that was even a thing. I kept myself safe by simply social distancing. I also strengthened my online sales.
“Stay Tuned, Can’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing”.
StitchnPost | Are your designs created to be environmentally friendly?
Peter | The materials and clothing that I’ve designed are environmentally friendly. I don’t use any toxic materials or dyes.
StitchnPost | Where does your inspiration come from when creating your designs?
Peter | My inspiration comes from numerous areas like the garden, museum, buildings…whether it be a texture, shape, I’m always able to make a big picture out of the small.
StitchnPost | What would you say is the most challenging about being an independent fashion designer?
Peter | The most challenging part was getting started. It’s one thing to say that you’re inspired to become something but if you never start, it’ll always be just an idea | illusion. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
StitchnPost | Do you have an audience that you believe your designs would best compliment?
Peter | Though I have a very broad audience, I’d say that I design for both men and women ages 16-50. Better yet, I am still defining my audience as I continue to grow and introduce new designs into my line.
StitchnPost | Have you participated in any fashion shows within the last last three years, physical or virtual?
Peter | I graduated from design school in 2018. I haven’t participated in any fashion shows within the last three years. I have been very focused on the business aspect.
StitchnPost | What does fashion design mean to you and how do you determine success when designing?
Peter | Fashion design is the way of self-expression. I determine my success by simply asking the questions “would he or she really wear this?
StitchnPost | Are you currently working on any new designs? If so, what and when do you expect the project to be complete, spring or fall?
Peter | I am but as I like to say…”stay tuned, can’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing”.
StitchnPost | How do you measure the success of your designs after a showing or event? In other words, the method used to measure the acceptance of your work.
Peter | I measure success by the traffic, questions, and sales that I receive.
StitchnPost | Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to an aspiring fashion designer?
Peter | BE YOURSELF | PJM
Florida | Fashion Designer | Peter Jean-Marie