What is Don Mateo?
We are a Los Angeles based streetwear brand who is all about expressing love and inciting thought in an artistic way.
What’s a typical day for you?
A typical day for me. First off I'm notorious for sending emails at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, so usually the first thing I do in the morning is reply to the email responses. Then I check the orders/fulfillment to make sure everything is on time. The rest of the day consists of picking up where I left off the day before, whether that's a graphic design, experimenting with various fabrics or enhancing marketing strategies.
What is the biggest challenge you faced ?
The biggest challenge I've faced so far was securing a quality manufacture. The process made me realize that money is not as valuable as we tend to think it is. When first starting out I had several of them declined my application stating that I was not established enough. I was not willing to sacrifice quality so I kept trying. I saw why so many people give up on their dreams, but quitting was not an option. My biggest challenge became my biggest accomplishment.
If I could style one celebrity who would it be?
Believe it or not, I would have to say Lady Gaga. I don't know, she just has this dope energy about her and she tends to not be afraid to push the boundaries of fashion. I would put her in one of our "free your heart" cropped hoodies and maybe a pair of high waisted jeans.
What's your favorite item
My pieces are like children, I love them all "equally."
What are your favorite quotes?
"To find yourself, think for yourself." - Socrates
"If you believe, you shall achieve" -Panda
Do you have any shows or events coming up?
We may have something going on in LA this upcoming Spring, but that's the sec