Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Corpion.
Hi Anthony, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Since I was about 7 or 8, I’ve always had an interest in fashion and clothing.
I was always daydreaming about clothes and outfits I could be wearing, and that turned into mentally altering and designing the pieces in my head. So if there was a pair of jeans I saw, I’d envision altering the fit to be fitted to me, and how I’d want the jeans to sit, and then just different elements I thought could be added or changed.
And then the daydreaming turned more into thinking ‘I could just design my own clothes’. So I started with distressing my own clothing, cutting the bottom seams of jeans and splitting them so it fits like a boot cut, cutting my own holes in the knees. That’s how it started.
I made my first piece of clothing by hand around 15 years old – just minor distressing of jeans. It started with distressing – it was the easiest thing for me to do all I needed was scissors. And because at this time fashion wasn’t so popular, people were amazed that I was doing this type of thing. That wasn’t something that they were doing themselves – if they didn’t sell it in a store, they weren’t gonna have it.
I was distressing everything – sweatshirts, jackets… Denim was my main focus though. I love how denim ages, and there’s so much you could do with it- from brand new denim to destroyed denim that you would wear at a construction job. And because I didn’t have any resources for anything, distressing was the only thing I could really do.
So that’s basically how it all started.
Fast forward to today, I’m now manufacturing more basic pieces – t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants shorts – in the most basic format just to promote the name of the brand itself. Pretty much just building the brand step by step.
The way that the clothes are made at the manufacturer is all my direction and input – so how tight the sleeves are, how long the sleeves are, how the stitching is, the percentage of cotton and all the other fabrics, the actual fit of the pieces – that’s mainly what I care about not just putting a design on a shirt.
I also do a lot of custom work which allows me to really showcase my talent and creativity.
I don’t trust leaving some of my designs in the hands of the manufacturer as far as certain distressing or alteration to the pieces – it just comes out looking too commercial.
A lot of the sweatpants, sweatshirts or flannels that I’ve made, or even denim that I’ve bleached, dyed and distressed – just things like that that I’d rather not have the manufacturer do at the moment because I don’t have the trust in manufacturer to do it how I would.
So I always try to add a handmade touch. I’ve manufactured blank white sweaters that I’ve hand-dyed myself – sat there and distressed and hand-dyed each one.
But everything that I make, even if it’s coming from the manufacturer, is still going to have my touch at the end of the day – whatever I feel needs to be done with it, if I’m distressing the bottom of it, if I’m deseaming it, cutting, stitching whatever it may be.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing in my life is smooth first of all, but as far as dealing with manufacturing and ordering clothes, the brand started off pretty smooth. It started off smooth because I just ordered 1 sample which was made pretty perfectly, until the second order of samples and so on. I’m dealing with manufacturers in different countries, and there’s a language barrier, there’s a time difference, and generally I’m not very good with speaking to people – I just know what I want and sometimes that’s hard to relay exactly what I want.
But other than that, it’s just balancing living this whole life as a designer or an aspiring designer and having an actual life with a 9-5 job, rent and bills, family I have to take care of and everything else.
So the struggle is mostly balance – making sure that I save that extra money so I could place that order or whatever the case may be, and ensuring that whatever I’m doing in my life, my interests never steer too far away from designing and making clothes.
Other than that, I love making clothes so it’s never really going to be a struggle. If anything, finances and focus are the only two that would ever be a struggle for me.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m the CEO, designer, creative director and stylist for my clothing brand, Torn Clothing. I make and design clothes utilizing different fabrics and techniques.
Each article of clothing is made to feel like its own unique piece of art.
I want anyone who wears my brand to feel like they’re the only person who has this exact piece.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I would definitely consider myself a risk taker – I don’t really fear consequences too much so taking risks is never really the issue. But now that I’m getting older and shit is more real, I try to take smarter risks if you will. Shit, that’s not really going to affect my personal life as far as my freedom – my financial freedom, my actual freedom, and everything else that comes with that.
I’ll take risks with the brand all day. With clothes, again it’s my art, so I don’t feel that there’s ever a time that I’m taking a risk with something. If I feel like I’m wearing something that you would have put together in your own closet, I don’t want to wear it – that’s not really for me.
I wear clothing that you’ll be able to tell I took my time out to put together and something that you wouldn’t have done. So if I put two colors that don’t necessarily go together or two fabrics or prints that don’t necessarily go together, that’s exactly what the brand is. The brand is Torn – we’re torn from all different clothes, all different walks of life, all different everything.
So yea, I would say I take risks with everything that I do.
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