Growing up in a small town I needed to travel farther in order to get certain places. Stores or Markets were not in close proximity. With great views and lots of trees around it is easy to get lost in what surrounds you. Being a fan of street-wear and what is involved around the culture is what made me want to travel to these places. I had access to the train that would take me into NYC in under 3 hours, so I tried to make the journey whenever I could. This is where I found some of my favorite shops still to this day. Daves Quality Meat is one of those. It is located in the SoHo area of New York City and is a clothing shop based off a butcher/meat shop. It had sweatshirts on meat hooks, shoes on meat breakers, and t-shirt’s wrapped in styrofoam packaging just like your meat at the grocery store. I first visited the shop in 2006/07 and have been making a stop back at least once a year when I return home for the holidays.
Over the years, being able to visit these places for only brief periods of time became simply not enough. I felt a need to live around a city, just not on the East Coast. Graduating high school and taking a year off from college, I moved to Austin, TX where I lived working and playing music. Not to mention enjoying all the great food. A fresh new city showed me a whole new “day-to-day” life.
This was my first taste of city life. I learned a whole new way to get around and see every inch of my new surroundings. Biking became an everyday activity that could take me wherever I needed to go. I could visit the shops in-town, enjoy different types of food and meet new people. Everything that I learned from that experience is what made an easy adaptation to Denver.
With brand new views and a whole new city, I could not be happier here. I am able to do all that I am passionate about and it all is relatively close. Getting to know some of the local brands in town I slowly got more and more involved with the clothing community. I’ve been interning and working part-time at a ski film production company for the past six months. This has allowed me to get great experience with sales/clothing side of things as well as small work with film editing and camera work. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to able to work with such a great company and group of guys. My roommate runs his own clothing company, Informal Apparel, that he works very hard on and it is great to watch the whole process he goes through from start to finish. Denver has allowed me to work with the film and clothing industry as well as being close to the mountains. Having the option of going to the mountains in the morning and working in the afternoon is a dream come true. I could almost say it’s a home away from home, but with all the perks.
Having been away from home for quite sometime now, I have found leaving people and places behind is never easy to do, but it’s nice to have them to return to either on a visit or later down the road. I will always love where I grew up and all it has to offer , but I don’t think I would be able to pursue my interests as well there. At the end of the day, it’s just a different driveway.