Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer: Colin Jared

Name: Colin Jared, Multi-Colored-Animal (MCA)

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Age: 42

Title: Founder/Designer (Managing member of Multi-Colored-Animal, LLC)

Married/Single:  Single

Kids:  No

City you live in:  Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…

coffee, food, music, owls, headbands, more headbands

I was born…

in Fairbanks, Alaska.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

palm trees and sunsets.

I’m listening to…

“Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats” on Pandora.

My family…

is very loving and supportive.  Huge shout out to my parents Roy and Barb – I love you both so much!

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

James Franco.

One thing I cannot live without…

coffee, and also coffee.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

Templeton “Face” Peck on The A-Team.

I’m inspired by…

Dapper Dan, a fashion designer in New York City, who, from 1982-1992, owned/operated a boutique in Harlem creating street-wear fashion repurposed from luxury-designer materials (e.g., Gucci, LV, MCM, etc.).  Dapper Dan created his own niche fashion lane from scratch, which resonates with my vision for MCA.  He was ultimately sued by the luxury brands, albeit with his design-styles having since been incorporated by those same brands!  Dapper Dan’s inspiring story is featured in CNN’s 2015 fashion documentary “Fresh Dressed” – it’s a must see for anyone interested in the history of popular fashion.

The one person who motivates me is…

Blake Mycoski.  “Start Something That Matters” is the story of how Blake, with lots of help along the way, created TOMS shoes.  It’s packed with inspiring discussions about entrepreneurship and philanthropy.  A theme throughout the book is the value of building a talented team that believes in the core ideas of a business, appreciates each other, and sticks together.  Almost all of the people who started out with TOMS in the beginning are still part of the company today, with their respective roles having changed/expanded over the years with continued success.  That’s how I envision MCA growing.  Another theme throughout the book is the value of building meaningful partnerships with like-minded businesses and organizations – joint ventures to achieve mutual goals, helping each other succeed.  Phoenix Fashion Week’s mentoring partnership with MCA through the Emerging Designer Bootcamp is a perfect example of that theme – we greatly appreciate this incredible opportunity to learn and build a better brand!

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

legalization of having a pet owl.

The perfect day would be…

wearing a cool headband while hanging out with my pet owl.

My first job was…

catching crawdads at City Park Lake in Denver and selling them as “pets” to kids on my block.

My favorite escape…

it’s a tie: Lake Powell houseboat trips + beach-house on Outer Banks of North Carolina.

My life…

is full of happiness – it’s an amazing feeling to have passion for what I do every day!

I’m currently working on…

succeeding in the Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp!  Building a better brand!

Always…

be humble.

Never…

have an ego.

Favorite Quote…

“I am doing this” – Nick Woodman, Founder/CEO of Go-Pro.

Biggest Dream…

for MCA to become the most successful fashion headband brand in the world

My Pet Peeve(s)…  

Close-talkers aka Space-invaders.

Colin Jared will be showing his designer collection during Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort October 4 – 7, 2017. Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest bridging the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media garnering global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry.

Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information and tickets click here. Follow Phoenix Fashion Week on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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