Episode 14: Scissors & Cloth Never Stops
SCISSORS & CLOTH
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
I just don't give up man...I can't give up. It's all about perseverance.
Let me introduce you to the Founder of Scissors & Cloth, Carlos Morin. He grew up in a town called Round Rock which is near Austin, Texas. He says, "When I was growing up, I found myself more attracted to runway shows on TV rather than pursuing my baseball playing dreams." Being from a little town in Texas where the fashion industry is not necessarily prevalent, he had to stall his fashion career interest.
It was not until one Texas afternoon, while he was taking a nap, that an epiphany occurred. While he was sleeping he got a clear message "You need to make clothing for people." From that day on, he became obsessed with pattern making and the entire process of creating his unique clothing pieces. He says, "Fashion was all I was thinking about."
While still in Texas and working full-time as an electrician, he studied the fashion industry. It was not until he had a couple of motivating friends that ultimately pushed Carlos to make that final leap to quit his electrician job and to follow his true passion and dream of becoming a fashion designer.
I want to be known for someone who basically created pieces you just never seen before.
In 2004, Carlos moved to San Francisco to pursue his formal fashion education at the Academy of Art Institute. His first gig upon graduation was tailoring the 2008 Olympic Team uniforms. He continued to work other fashion jobs to gain as much experience as possible and in 2009 Scissors & Cloth was born.
Scissors & Cloth is a custom clothing shop focused on designing and creating one of a kind menswear pieces. Carlos also provides a variety of swag merchandise for the Restaurant & Bar Industry. One of Carlos’ most celebrated and dope pieces that I came across was his Bartender Aprons. Carlos talks about how he starts from the body shape of who the bartender is and creates an exact pattern of their silhouette to create this unique piece for their own hospitality servicing needs. What ends up at the end is a unique piece of ready to wear bartender fashion art from Scissors & Cloth.
In this podcast, you hear Carlos talk about the ups & downs of building his business, how it all started, and how he went from creating custom men's shirts to servicing the bar industry.
Carlos is a person who takes on challenges, willing to take risks on designs, self-taught, and never says "no" to a new opportunity. He says, "If I can build a men's dress shirt from scratch, I can build anything."
Enjoy the podcast and do what you love.
In this episode, here are Some Questions I ask & what You will learn:
Carlos Introduction (1:10)
When was Carlos's earliest entrepreneur fashion design memory? (1:49)
It's all started with a dream. (3:20)
The Nap. (4:10)
Becoming obsessed with pattern making and design. (4:55)
Two great friends who inspired and pushed him. (5:50)
The decision by the help of his friend Steve. (8:30)
Getting out of that job (9:15)
Moves to San Francisco (10:30)
Carlos's first job after graduation (11:30)
The idea of Scissors & Cloth (14:47)
The process of learning (18:00)
Carlos' favorite piece (19:42)
Bar aprons (20:00)
Specifics on the Scissors & Cloth Bar Aprons (21:39)
Afraid of pockets (26:21)
Bar swag (28:08)
What is one strength that has kept Carlos successful? (34:45)
What piece of advice Carlos would give to someone who wants to start a fashion business? (36:25)
Surround yourself with like-minded people (37:28)
WIDWID (Why I Do What I Do) (40:18)
How does Carlos get himself motivated when he burns out? (42:22)
If I can make dress shirts...(48:19)
Cocktail of choice? (50:30)
How Carlos wants to define his legacy. (51:08)
Carlos is... (51:57)
Contact Info. (52:18)
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Editor’s Note: This story was shared through a Scotch Parlor Podcast. Photography was done by Rick Scotch in San Francisco, CA
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