Jeremy Willard photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Sizzlin’ 7 questions with Jeremy Willard

I have known Jeremy Willard for a couple of years now and he continues to inspire me with not only his eye for style and design quality, but with his colorful creativity that graces everything that he touches! I’m honored to have Jeremy at our fashion bonanza and it is so exciting to see him flourish in his fashion company! Big things are in store for this designer!  

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by Robin’s Photography

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

My sister’s Madonna concert VHS from around 1990. I was 4, so I don’t know if I was old enough to be “inspired” by it, but there was definitely a lot shiny stuff to look at and made an impression on me. I also remember TLC wearing condoms all over themselves and thinking they were lollipops, haha.

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by Robin’s Photography

 What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

Quitting my job last year forced me to take my work more seriously and try to make money. Mostly necessity.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

#1 is Jeremy Scott (who is also the current man behind Moschino), Thom Brown, Sibling London (RIP?), to name a few.

What inspires your designs? 

Fabric is huge inspiration. If I can’t find fabric I like, I manipulate the fabric I have and hopefully it turns out cool. 

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver? 

The more I participate, the happier I am.

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard at 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend. Photo by Robin’s Photography

 

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by David Rossa

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why? 

This bleached denim bondage jumpsuit from my show this year at DFW. I sold it to someone mildly famous, and that gave me a huge boost of confidence.

What are your goals for your business?

I don’t have any specific goals, but I’d like to be traveling to the biggest fashion capitols of the world doing my thing. I never want to be famous or a household name, but I’d like to be a familiar name within the industry.

3 Things if stranded on an island? 

My partner Sean, a TV with a hacked Amazon Fire Stick (which includes electricity, Internet, youtube, etc), and drugs (which includes alcohol and cigs).

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