Today we’d like to introduce you to Des Pierrot.
Des, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born on November 5, 1994, in Cap Haitien, Haiti. My father brought me to the US in 2007. We lived in Boston, MA. My dream of coming to America for the first time was to get educated and become a pro soccer player. I played my whole life with my brothers and that’s what I was working towards so it’s really crazy that fashion design is the direction that I took on 100%. Being young, listening to new artists like Lil Wayne that I had never heard before and loving the fashion and pieces that these artists were wearing, was new and fire to me. It was the time when fashion in the hip hop industry was really flashy and fresh, and I loved it. I was obsessed and wanted to create my own. I started making graphic tees and customizing sneakers. I actually went to college on a soccer scholarship and studied nursing for a year. I had a heat press in my dorm room making t-shirts and selling them on campus. The whole time I was going to school, I wasn’t interested at all, I was only going to make my dad proud. I was really thinking about and studying fashion so that’s when I started to take my craft serious. I taught myself how to sew. I started a brand with my best friend Chris in 2016, called Jules Club. That was when my wave was really created. The brand was successful and really showed us what we were capable of as young black kids with a vision and love for fashion. That’s my brother, until this day, we still create and balance off one another.
In 2018, I branched off from Jules and introduced my self titled brand Des Pierrot. The name is inspired by myself of course, but the story behind the name is deeper than that. I was in Haiti last summer for the first time since I had left and got detained at immigration on my way back for a green card issue. I had to stay in the country until the situation was clear. The time that I spent being there really inspired me and brought me back to my roots. It made me want to do better and go harder when I got back to the states. This is when I started to go solo as a designer. I moved to New York for a fresh start, four months later, I ended up in LA, somewhere that I used to dream of making it to, and I’m here. I took a huge risk, came here with nothing and wanting everything. I work my hardest every day, trying to create new pieces, shoot them, put them out and hope someone loves them enough to buy it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create unisex pieces that deeply speak to me. I always make my pieces based on what I want to see myself wearing before bringing it to life and the streets. This is one of the many reasons I wanted to become a designer – I don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing, I like to always stand out and I feel like my designs speak for themselves. I have my own style that I believe inspires others. I can make anything. It’s a blessing. I love to work with leathers, denim, patterned fabrics, different shapes, 3D effects, dye and so much more… it’s endless and to me, that means the creativity never ends. I don’t go through sample makers or manufacturers, I make everything by hand and freestyle. Bags, coats, denim, shirts, vests. I recently have been making a lot of custom pieces. That’s been one of my favorite things to do – it allows me to use my mind with my client’s vision to create something really special. It’s a challenge and it pushes me to my creative limits. The message behind my clothing is to be YOU and feel free and wear whatever you want, wherever you want. Cause a scene when you walk in a room or down the street and have confidence in what you’re wearing. You should know that I put everything I have into my art. My art is my life and I want the world to see, wear and experience it.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Always reach out, you never know what the outcome might be. You never know what two talented people could create together. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help or wanting to learn from someone else.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Right now, Instagram is the main source of my art, and I always say to myself what if one day Instagram magically gets deleted… then what? I would really love for my pieces to be in a store so people are able to see the quality, and be able to shop in real life, not just on Instagram. That’s something I’m trying to make happen this year for sure. I’m extremely grateful for where social media has taken my art. It gets seen by so many people in different countries and has connected me with a lot of other creatives. People can support my work by shopping on my website, telling a friend, or sharing a post. Definitely be on the lookout for a pop up in the future.
- Website: www.despierrot.co
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: loverboyclub_