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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Fashion Design Alumna Deborah Sabet

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Deborah Sabet (’05 Fashion Design)
District Homme
www.districthomme.com 

District Homme is a fashion house that believes in the lost art of tailoring and construction while designing one-of-a kind suits for unique individuals. With design headquarters in downtown L.A. and tailors in both L.A. and N.Y., this made-to-measure suitery offers bespoke suits for the modernly masculine man. Each suit represents a creative collaboration, with distinctive fabrics, cuts, colors and details. District Homme has steadily built up an extensive, international clientele base including celebrities and high-power executives. We are currently developing District Femme, to provide custom suits and couture fashion for women.

Starting up
I’ve worked for various retailers – from large corporations to family-owned companies. I realized the best way to achieve everything I wanted was to venture off on my own, and that’s how District Homme was born. I honestly had no idea that I would end up where I am today. Otis introduced me to the possibility of designing menswear and all the choices I made upon graduating pushed me towards creating District Homme.

Biggest reward
I have the biggest smile on my face when I see that a client is happy with the end product and is excited about wearing it, whether on their wedding night or on the red carpet. Having your own business is very different than working for a national retailer, where a lot of people have input on your designs, and you often don’t get to see the final product on a customer. I really enjoy working with my clients from start to finish, while at the same time getting to know them, and designing them a one-of-a-kind suit.

Biggest challenge
As a more creative individual, I struggle to enjoy the days where I have to organize my books, deal with licenses, and pay the bills. I wish all of that stuff just magically worked out on its own. I surround myself with people who know what they are doing, and I learn from them.

Breakthrough moment
A friend I made in N.Y. introduced me to an actor who was starring on Glee, a popular TV show, and in just two short weeks, I designed him a suit that he wore to the Grammy Awards. The exposure I got from that event gave my business the attention and press it needed to get off the ground, and opened my eyes to all that I was capable of.  It was then that I realized I wasn’t meant to design for someone else.

Thank you, Otis!
All that hard work gave me the confidence I needed to be able to walk into any interview believing that no challenge would be out of my reach.

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