My first two collections were born out of my own two-year fight to take back my life from the grip of debilitating addiction. I didn’t do it alone. My father, who is my best friend, mentor, and supporter, was with me the whole way. But on September 3rd, 2016, on the second anniversary of my sobriety, my father was rushed to the emergency room due to his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. I could feel fear’s grip grow tighter around my chest as the strongest man I know fell powerless. Now it was my turn to be strong for my father, to fight back against the fear. Fear would not win.
My third collection: In The Face of Fear, is inspired by my father's fight and the courage we must call on to walk through fear, to fight back against it. The heavy graphic prints on many of the pieces from this collection are representative of the feeling I get in my chest when fear takes hold. The stacked squares represent the layers of raw emotion surrounding the fear, and their transition from black to white signifies one’s determination to face the fear rather than drown in blue melancholy. The use of bondage accessories throughout the collection visually explores the notion that fear is a form of self-bondage that can be overcome. The design aesthetic of this collection is inspired by silhouettes of 90's European rave culture while exploring the similarities from that period with traditional southern prep wear.