We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Pinedo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marc, how do you think about risk?
For me, risk has played a large role in my life. Without it, I don’t think I would have grown as much as I have both emotionally and intellectually.

When the word “risk” comes to mind, there are visions of opportunity. More often times than not, we mentally place ourselves in jail cells that constrain our abilities to act, say, or do. Up until the point to where you embrace risk, your mind is hazed with doubt. While risk may be more socially associated with failure, I feel that it is a positive thing. Risk grants you the keys to your mental “jail”. I admit, facing risk head on is nerve wracking – but you will never know the depths of yourself until the limits are pushed. When you know the depths of yourself, previous ideations of what you are able to achieve are dismantled and higher milestones are set. Upward mobility in whatever you pursue then appear much more realistic. In addition, your sense of self becomes much more apparent.

My experience with risks has been completely life changing. Without it, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today. As it relates to my career, creating the world of PINEDO was a complete risk. I knew nothing about garment construction, the fashion industry, and business. However, I know my heart was telling me that this is where I should be focusing my attention as it has always been in my life since childhood. With more risks than benefits jumping into this career, I knew that vulnerability would be key. Day in and day out, I give myself 110% to my supply chain. Immersing myself into each pattern, sewing detail, dye process, and business operation. I kid you not, with no connections to contractors – I would go door to door to different fashion buildings with my designs and ask for partnership. Realizing that the contractors in Los Angeles speak predominantly Spanish, I learned the language so I can better communicate and execute the details needed to match my vision. The most exciting thing I was able to immerse myself into was the wash and dye processes. I have never had to be so technical in my life, but this is what was needed when taking a risk and venturing into denim and custom dye knits. Trying to mitigate the risk of losing money on my garments, I would shadow the contractors and see how they were bringing my vision to life. This has had a huge impact on my business, my relationships with my contractors from sewing to my dye processes is stronger than ever – they feel like family. I knew jumping into this that what I am doing is more than just fashion, it is community. The operations that I have built are on the values of ethics, community, and success. In turn, my creations are more than just garments – they are a way for others to express themselves. Seeing others in my work is one of the greatest gifts. It motivates me to do more, be better, and open up my world to all walks of life – regardless of style choice. The process of learning and growing will never stop as long as I keep taking risks.

This is just the beginning of our story —

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As it relates to our work, PINEDO is a mid-tier luxury brand that aims to break the barriers that the fashion industry has for the men’s and women’s space. After being in business for 6 months, we quickly realized that there is a need to be applicable to all walks of life. Our story is one that everyone can resonate with. It is up to you to visually tell a story of your community and why people should care. Of course, there are challenges along the way but the ability to pivot is key. Never think you are too big or too good to change your ways. Fashion itself is an ever changing landscape, being a chameleon that stays true to values is key.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
After living in Downtown, Los Angeles for four years – there are some spots that transcend time. For anyone visiting the city, starting your day off at IlCafe is an absolute must. The vibe that the owner has curated there is impeccable. I meet folks from all walks of life on the daily, definitely a place to network! Since most of my friends have a variety of diet needs, Grand Central Market has an eclectic mix of food that everyone can appreciate. One of my “go-to” spots to grab a drink is Ace Hotel. Similar to IlCafe, there are so many interesting people there that even if you go alone – you’ll get a kick out of people watching.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shoutout to my contractors for enabling and empowering me daily. In this line of business, it is a two way street. While I am taking a chance on them, they in turn are doing the same with me. PINEDO wouldn’t be where it is today without the love, attention to detail, and honesty that comes from our community.

Website: Pinedo.co

Instagram: @Pinedo.co

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pinedo-llc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinedo.co

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