100 Creatives 2012 David Peck, Fashion Designer & Eco-Friendly
After earning his degree in classic cello, David Peck found himself moving to Paris to study fashion at the Parsons Paris School of Art & Design. Graduating with top honors, he was awarded the Designer of the Year award for his senior collection, Brave New World. In spring 2006, he would launch his first collection in Paris, a collection that would later be described as "a mix of refined elegance of Parisian style with American practicality,"
Two years later, David relocated to New York City, where he co-founded and co-designed Untitled 11:11, a high-end women's-wear collection designed to be a sustainable clothing line.
Now a well-known fashion designer, David Peck has been living in Houston since early 2010. Here he runs a company that makes and manufactures eco-friendly clothing at the David Peck Factory.
What he does: David Peck is the CEO and creative director of his company, David Peck Collection. He is also the creator of CroP, a women's-wear clothing line that he himself has described as being a "fun & quirky clothing line with a conscience." Each of the pieces is made from a combination of certified organic and natural materials and through a series of methods that minimally affect the environment.
Every season his company donates 10 percent of its profits from CroP to a different charity depending on the focus of his seasonal collection. He says the last two seasons, his company has donated to the Gulf Restoration Network, a charity whose goal is to rejuvenate the entire Gulf Coast both economically and ecologically.
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What inspires him: People who are about social responsibility, giving back to the global community while still maintaining a high level of fashion, inspire him. David says that he also draws his creative inspiration from greats such as Ralph Lauren who are "able to kind of create this kind of empire of different level brands that were acceptable but still maintained their own identity."
If not this, then what? He says that if he weren't in the fashion industry, he would probably be trying to make it in Hollywood. "Writer...filmmaker...," but he says honestly, he doesn't know.
If not here, then where? Paris, he says. "It's a very creative city." David loves the food, the history, the beauty of the city and the quality of life.
"It was the first place in my adult life that felt like home. It's an international city, but it has a small-town feel."
What's next: David has a busy year ahead. This summer his company will be traveling from coast to coast and hosting several promotional events in preparation for the debut of his Spring 2013 collection during New York's Fall Fashion week in September. He has also been invited to speak at Princeton University on May 5 as part of a whole series of lectures and events about sustainable fashion.
And for his future, he says he sees his company growing and his fashion line extending into different areas.
"Right now we're focusing on our women's line, but I see us in five years having a men's line, a home line expanding into different product categories, but with the same focus and mission."
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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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Geoff Winningham, photographer
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Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor
Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
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Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
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