Deborah Sabet (’05 Fashion Design)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.