Our IndieViews series highlights the talented and committed people who power Indie Source.
In our interview with Indie Source’s trim specialist Johnny Quintero, he shares his wisdom, experience, and excitement for what’s next.
What inspired you to work in fashion?
I would have to say the artistic part of fashion. I’ve always been attracted to fashion growing up. Seeing people express themselves through clothing always puts a smile on my face!
What advice would you give an aspiring fashion designer?
Do your research and think your design through to the end. Think about how your garments will be produced in production and design thoughtfully! I’ve seen so many times, designers “make it happen” or alter trim, sewing or cutting for samples and when the garment goes into production everyone scrambles to figure out how to reproduce the sample. You do not want to sell your garments one way and then in production find out you can’t do the same.
What has your career path looked like?
Most of my experience has been in production. I started out as an assistant for development and production, then a production trim buyer, to domestic production manager and import coordinator. What brought me to Indie Source was the opportunity to be part of a development team again. I love working with a team to bring peoples designs to life.
What sets Indie Source apart from other places where you’ve worked?
The wonderful people here! Everyone has an entrepreneur attitude and we all work so well together. It’s a great team to be a part of.
What’s the best aspect of working at Indie Source?
The best aspect of Indie Source is meeting like minded people and always developing new and exciting garments! Every client is different and the work is always changing.
Any amazing Indie Source moments?
Right now is the most memorable moment! We are growing the company and partnering up with so many great brands. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us!