Let’s start off by taking it back to Teyana Taylor’s baby shower, when her and husband Iman Shumpert coordinated in matching military inspired looks. The pair rocked heavily detailed black and gold embroidered jackets. Teyana also wore a black velvet gown with the same gold detailing on the hem.
Now, think back to when Angela Simmons had jaws dropped when she posted up against a balcony in a red-and-black sequined jersey one-piece with her name written across it?
If you don't know the name behind these two fashion moments by now, allow us to introduce you to designer and boutique owner Duckie Confetti. If you are familiar, allow us to further your obsession with Duckie’s “new, new” – what we call the fur-tourage. We caught up with Duckie to get the scoop on his come up, celebrity clients, fur obsessions and so much more. See what the designer had to say below:
BET: How did you get started in the industry?
Duckie Confetti: I was originally just doing stuff [designing] in high school, like designing people’s jeans. When I went to college, I started doing costumes and stuff — I was a designer of a model organization. From there, I branched off to do like everyday wear, like jeans and dresses and more different types [of] dresses. In college, I had a lot of friends who were stylists, so I was able to put my pieces on different people like Cassie for Vibe magazine. I forgot the year this was. You know, everything just kinda played out for me just having a lot of friends that were stylists and then just being around industry people.
BET: When and what do you consider your big break?
DC: My big break was when I did something for Meek Mill for Rip the Runway. I made Meek Mill this leopard sleeve hoodie. I was actually working with the stylist of Rip the Runway and was doing studding and beading work and something just told me to add a leopard hoodie in the mix. At the time, guys weren’t wearing leopard at all. I had this leopard hoodie that I loved and I thought that the craftsmanship was great, so I just gave it to his stylist. It was like a three-day process of shooting. The first day I saw him and his stylist, I was like “hmm interesting.” So I just decided to give her the hoodie. On the second day of taping, I gave her a business card and she texted me like, “Wow this hoodie is really dope! It’s made really nice, he loves it!” At the time, I didn’t really think anything of it. I’m like OK, whatever. But then, he ended up wearing the hoodie and it appeared on Instagram and went viral. For me to put a leopard sleeve hoodie on a rapper, it was just, like, really big. From the success of that particular piece, I was able to open up my showroom in Manhattan. I sold a bunch of hoodies like this all over. I was selling them out of the country. It was like a big break for me, it just took off from there.
BET: How would you describe your aesthetic and who are some of your clients?
DC: My aesthetic is like my name, just love the brand confetti. My aesthetic is a lot of fun fabrics, flirty fabrics, colors, textures — I love working with sequins but I don’t like it to be tacky. You know sequins can come off really tacky, so I just mix high-end fashion with different fabrics. Some of my big clients are Beyoncé, Teyana Taylor (I always work with her), Fabolous (I always work with him), Nene Leaks and Angela Simmons (I always work with her, too). I get a brain freeze when it’s time to list the people, because it’s a lot of people.
BET: What is one of your proudest or most memorable moments?
DC: My most memorable moment would definitely be Beyoncé wearing my jersey at the Made in America tour. That was, like, really big because I didn’t really know that she was going to wear it. You know how it is for women, you have all of these different wardrobe options and we didn’t really have time to do a fitting. I just kinda made it and the fact that she wore it was a really big moment for me. It’s like, that’s what everyone strives for — to have Beyoncé wearing your garments. So the fact that I can actually say that is dope.
BET: Who is someone you are dying to dress or have wear your designs?
DC: I was really close to getting Rihanna in my stuff but there was a sizing issue, so that didn’t work out but I would love to have Rihanna in my stuff. Right now, Cardi B is really big, so I would definitely like to have her in my designs as well. I just wanna go with the flow. Different people reach out to me as far as me putting my brand on them or working with me, so it’s really good.
BET: What are some of your most popular designs and how much would a Duckie design cost us?
DC: My sequined jerseys became very big. When I came up with this idea, I was actually targeting basketball wives and football wives. I thought it would be dope if I could make jerseys for different wives and then they wear them to the games. The first person I gave one to was Draya because at the time she was dating Orlando. Then I did jerseys for the Patriots wives, it was maybe like six wives. I designed their jerseys and they all wore them to the opening game. I have so many products, so my price point varies. I have ear muffs, beanies and hats for $40. I also have fur coats that range anywhere from $800 to $5,000 depending on the type of skin you’re getting. I have gowns and dresses and I make custom coats. So, I just have a lot of merchandise. Custom things are also a big thing I do with the brand as well. A lot of people come to me with remakes of things like "can you do this, can you do that," so I remix a lot of things.
BET: What’s next for you? Any new designs you cooking up that we should keep our eye out for?
DC: The furs, I’m going to be doing a lot of. I’m actually thinking about doing a fur fashion show in either November or December just with strictly furs and you know different ideas I have with furs, unique things. For example, my fur bikinis. I never really displayed them so it will be dope to just display that and just different things that I’ve created out of fur. So that’s something I’m looking forward to. I’m just focusing on furs because, you know, the fur industry is really big and people get intimidated by the fabric by going to a furrier because they think that the coats are just too expensive. So for me to be a young Black man selling furs, the market is huge, you know, because it’s a lot of people out there who are interested in furs that don’t really like going to the furriers.
(Photos from Left: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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