Pulling inspiration from the past, touched by his surroundings, people and everyday life – EPPERSON is a hard working realist who allows himself indulgence in the fanciful. His collection concepts range from a homeless and tattered urban princess to the skirted gentleman, secure in himself and his place in the world. This translates into quirky, whimsical, thought provoking yet functional clothing that allow the owner to “be who they are”.
EPPERSON began his career in fashion by following a “crush” to a design class. His desire to be near a “beautiful girl” led him to his life’s work. That same passion is infused in every princess dress, patchwork skirt or “rough ruffled” gown. After exploring the retail world in Brooklyn and SoHo, EPPERSON returned to his Harlem roots. He currently services a private clientele and operates a developing wholesale business.
EPPERSON credits amongst his clients Alicia Keyes, Venus Williams, Erykah Badu, and Patti Labelle. EPPERSON was featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s’ Black Style NOW exhibit and is a featured designer in the fashion anthology American Beauty by Patricia Mears. He has been a long time collaborator with the Complexions Dance Company and was commissioned to design costumes for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Julliard Dance Ensemble. EPPERSON was a contestant on Lifetime’s Project Runway season 6 and a featured designer in the South Street Seaport Museums exhibit “Made in New York”.
The collection is a blending of textures and features tattered patchwork, gathering, lattice, and mostly black garments with pops of color, plaid and denim. It's infused with my signature upcycled pieces.