At different point in my life I marched to the beat of the appropriate drum and dressed myself in monochromatic tones anchored by black until one day I woke up hungry for self expression reminiscent of my adolescence . I wanted to burst on to the streets like a proud peacock giving all the opportunity to look and be inspired by fearlessness. I wanted teenagers to know its ok to do you even when your the only one who gets you. There is so much pressure to be part of a movement that people often forget to identify who they are and what they actually like. In high school the segregation began, the jocks, the mod kids, the hip hop enthused and somewhere meandering through the different groups was yours truly, if I woke up feeling like wearing a wonderful hat or three pieces suit I did it. Perhaps I watched coming to America the night before or did a marathon of mob films ( I love gangsters, if Pacino or Deniro are on the billing I've seen it ) . I never woke up on the left or right side of the bed I leap from the middle , neutral grounds to enter the wonderland that was my closet, complete with a sea of accessories. I can't remember not having less than 30 pairs of shoes , I'm embarrassed to say where that toll has risen to these days . My love for design caused me to be resourceful at an early age, I learned to cut hair by twelve years old a hobby that I turned in several awards including two consecutive Canadian men's stylists of the year awards 2011/2012 for which in extremely proud. My hobbies were lucrative and gave me power as a consumer . I fell in love with a shoe once and was told it was never available in my size ( a generous 12 or with insoles 13) and so I decided if ever I loved a shoe and they had my size the right thing to do is buy it. Years later at my first runway show the organizers asked if I needed a shoe sponsor and I proudly said no as I could easily pull the 50 or so pairs from my archives. Their is nothing wrong with indulging in your passion if it is at your expense ! Now as a part of my collection I've designed shoes . I loved the opulence or the 50's when well to do women had single dresses that came with matching shoes and in some cases over coat and hat, finally I can translate that to the modern man. I rarely have dreams anymore as I live in mine thus making it my reality which is a form of success within it self. If it becomes lucrative then great, but at the moment it's the Beacon of light that guides my way through the challenges I face on a daily basis.
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