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.
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.
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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."
More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist 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 Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist 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 Carl Williams, playwright