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Daniel Esquivel

48, Austin, TX
out

Describe your family.

Eclectic mix of personalities.

Current occupation?

Freelance designer.

Past jobs?

Retail sales.

Pets?

Lulu, mini schnauzer.

Nicknames?

Dano.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

When I was 16.

First garment you ever made?

Corduroy gauchos and vest for my sister.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

Self-taught.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

No.

Strengths as a designer?

Very fashion-intuitive.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Sketching.

What are your influences?

In the past it was by the Hitchcock style and being able to transform it forward. Now it's artists, museums, architecture and music.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

High-tech fabrics.

Favorite designer(s)?

Wes Gordon.

Sketch or drape?

Both. I sketch my basic idea, then let the fabric and the form guide me.

Patterns or solids?

Both.

Favorite colors?

Black, white and red.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Not buying enough fabric.

Fashion must?

A fabulous jacket!

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

When I see somebody wearing leggings and it's not done right.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

A pair of banana-yellow pants!

Favorite style icon?

Sarah Jessica Parker.

What would you design for the first lady?

A really cool jacket.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Sarah Jessica Parker. A silk and wool high-wasted leather peplum jacket and skinny crop pants.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it...

Daniel Esquivel

If you weren't designing, you'd be...

A personal stylist.

Places/cultures you wish you could design for?

Germany.

Dream place to set up your business?

Dallas, Texas.

Websites that feature your work?

None.

How were you described as a kid?

Energetic.

How are you described by your family and friends?

Energetic.

Favorite hangout?

The Iron Bear in Austin, Texas.

Hobbies?

Like to go to movies, restaurants, museums.

Favorite movies and TV shows?

"American Horror Story: Asylum."

iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

iPhone.

Fast food or gourmet?

BOTH!

Cooking or takeout?

BOTH!

Favorite foods?

TexMex.

Beer or wine?

Beer.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Sweets.

Biggest pet peeve?

Not being on time.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

First-time audition, encouraged by friend.

Favorite past PR designer?

Mondo

Your take on team challenges:

Loved them. Because I got to work with and help others.

What do you look for in a model?

Height.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes, because I have my point of view about fashion.