We recently caught up with the designer and entrepreneur behind Narwhal Company, a line of original accessories made from recycled neckties. This eco-friendly company creates wallets, wrist accessories, iPod and iPhone sleeves and more, and each piece is handmade in the U.S.A.
What inspires your work? What really inspires my work is the free time being self employed allows me to "have." Working the 9-6 grind is what really pushed me to branch out and start a small business and produce a line. It was either do this or go mentally insane. Staying sane is pretty inspirational if you ask me.
I am also inspired to make a small change in people's lives. My goal from the beginning was to produce something that could provide quality employment for impoverished people in Latin America. Now that Narwhal Co. is a bit more "established," we're taking steps to bring that to fruition.
Who are your favorite designers? This is a good question. I don't know that I really have a favorite designer. Should I say that? My clothing has for a long time consisted of thrift store finds and basic t-shirts. I'm sort of a throw back kind of guy. If I had to pick somebody it would probably be Scott Sternberg (had to look up his name on Google) from Band of Outsiders. I really don't know too much about him but I remember reading an article on his line a while back and being impressed. Maybe if I ever have a lot of money I can afford to buy some of his clothing ...
What are your top fashion & beauty must-haves? As I said, I'm sort of a throw back/classic type of guy -- a minimalist of sorts. My must haves include: a black pair of slip-on Vans, a blue pair of slip-on Vans, Levi's 527 book cut jeans and a few vintage western wear shirts with mother of peal snaps. I don't know that those qualify as "fashion."
Any advice you would give to aspiring designers? What have you got to lose? Go for it. People who are smart and work get good results. People who are smart and work really hard get superior results. Work hard. Be smart.
Where can people find your work? Online we can be found at www.shopflick.com and as of now, we're in a handful of shops scattered around the U.S. These shops include boutiques, green/earth friendly stores and surf/skate shops.
Anything else? Not that I can think of. Less is more.
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