“You might have to take a risk. This guy, he’s designing these half vests with inverted patterns. I’m not a big fan of them, but he’s taking a risk,” says Ignacio Quiles, co-owner and founder of the haberdashery, QP & Monty. He holds out the vests for me to see. Singlehandedly, that one piece of clothing makes as much of a statement as the vintage store its perfectly housed in.
At the end of the day, the profit is passion. “You have to be creative, you may have to tell your story over and over, but never giving up is key. I don’t care if you’re 90 years old, you can learn from young people. You can learn from older people. Knowledge doesn’t have an age, it is what it is. People get all caught up in this stuff,” says Quiles. And for him, managing QP & Monty is one job he has in addition to styling, wardrobe consulting, designing the apparel line, Sartorial Pairings, restaurant consulting, as well modeling and television appearances. Now I see the spark in his vision; the jigsaw pieces of the puzzle all match together. But somehow, there are no specific amount of pieces in the box and that’s the beauty of it. Bizarre; just like the half vest.