Fashion designer David Peck is in his groove. With the unveiling of his fall 2013 collection and the opening of his 6,000-square-foot studio and factory, Peck knows who he is and where he’s going.
Peck welcomed media, friends and clients to his new atelier off Kirby to show the collection dominated by shades of mustard, plum, greens and navy. The shapes are a modern nod to ladylike styles of the past, with form and function of right now.
"The collection is about practical, accessible luxury, quality garments that are of the moment, but stay relevant," Peck says.
Every David Peck collection features pieces from his wife's grandmother's vintage collection. "I always style with her clothes," he says.
Tailoring is key to this collection which includes pencil skirts and body conscious matte jersey gowns. Peck took travel needs and cost-per-wear when designing.
"The clothes are not so expensive and out of the realm of affordability that they are precious." Peck says. "The matte jersey travels well, so you can roll it up in your suitcase and don't have to worry about it."
Peck says his Fast Forward collection answers the questions, "What does a woman really want? What does she really need? What does she really respond to?"
The answer lies in simple suiting and separates that can be mixed with existing pieces.
"There is an element of timelessness in the collection and great detailing," Peck says.
There's Audrey Hepburn on this inspiration board, but Gregory Peck's performance in 1947's Gentleman's Agreement had a lasting impression on David Peck, as did the movie's topic. Gregory Peck played a journalist who goes undercover in an affluent Connecticut community, posing as a Jewish man to conduct research on an expose about anti-Semitism.
"I didn't know what anti-Semitism meant when I was watching the film when I was young," Peck says. "It was a quite forward thinking film."
Peck named his fall 2013 collection Fast Forward.
More studio and factory than boutique, Peck still offers a limited number of pieces in his atelier.
"I'm proud our clothes are made in the U.S," Peck says. "To have this space in Houston and to do what we are doing — it's just the right moment for us. "
Peck's studio and factory is also a manufacturing hub for other clothing lines. He plans to continue to design and manufacture in Houston and believes a burgeoning fashion industry can develop with the talent and resources in the Bayou City.