I love, LOVE fashion. I think it comes from being raised by my mother, who is not only fashion forward but is savvy enough to juggle basic pieces with fresh accessories while exuding confidence with her bold color choices. I remember when I was a small boy, how excited I would get when I found out my mom was heading out for the evening because it meant that she would put together a ‘look’ and I would get to watch her prepare it. And sometimes, I got to give my input or help with a zip of a dress or even fetch a pair of high heels for her. Made me feel like I was getting ready too!
When I moved to the East Coast a couple of years ago and was learning my way around the ‘bear’ scene in the gay community, a friend of mine told me he had interviewed a ‘bear’ couple for ‘A Bear’s Life’ magazine who had their own fashion label: Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra. Could this be a dream mash-up for me? Bearish men who design clothing? Who work in the clothing industry, creating jersey dresses, silky skirts and body hugging suits for the modern woman?