We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Yes, with my brand Le Chat I design eco-friendly clothing and accessories with the goal of achieving a one hundred percent sustainable business model. Using organic fabrics and compostable shipping materials we conserve water, reduce pollution and minimize waste. Our hope is to positively impact communities affected by drought and water pollution while using our efforts to influence other brands.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I recently graduated with my masters from USC with a degree in Integrated Business, Design and Tech; and currently work with the Fabletics Men’s creative team designing campaigns and promotions.
My graduate studies taught me entrepreneurship and how to develop purpose and business models around an idea. My work as a designer has taught me how the fashion and creative industry operate. It’s these two paths of academic and fashion experience that have given me the opportunity to pursue my own venture and create my own brand.
It’s been a slow and steady process but one of continued growth. I feel like all the practice and exploration is just beginning to prove its value. I realized through consistency, persistence and a growth mindset you can manifest any goals you may have.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To give the most authentic experience I’d have them stay at an Airbnb or hotel off of Wilshire or Sunset, something like The Line or Sixty Hotel. We’d either meet out, a little early, nearby or I’d invite them to my place. From there we can have a few drinks, eat, catch-up, reminisce and plan the night.
The best places for drinks and hanging out could be any outdoor or rooftop bar in west Los Angeles. If we were trying to eat, then Sugarfish, Ocean Prime or Jon and Vinny’s would be better choices. It really depends on the mood and what part of the city we’re in.
Afterwards I’d go to a place where we could dance and listen to good music. A live show or DJ set would be best. You can tap into that through social media where local DJs and artists usually promote their upcoming shows.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I first have to give a collective shoutout to all my creative friends and colleagues who inspire me to create and have helped me grow as a designer.
Specifically I’d like to shoutout a former colleague, Tina Fine. Tina’s a Creative Director who founded an eco-friendly candle business called Everything’s Fine, and has been a mentor to me on my journey as a designer. She’s taught me the creative process behind a fashion brand and gave me opportunities to gain experience in the field.