I first discovered Mint Clothing Company at the White Sale, a sample sale held in the downtown Arts District of Los Angeles. I was immediately greeted by Mint's owner and designer, Jessica Snyder and quickly fell in love with the materials of her brand.
The softest waffle materials, comfortable tees and more. Mint Clothing Company truly nails the art of cute and comfy loungewear that's perfect for the Southern California Sun.
I had the chance to get to know Snyder, a California native herself, who told me all about her brand and latest collection, getting into the fashion industry, and more. Read on for the full interview.
How and why did you decide to get into clothing design?
To be honest it wasn't a clear, well thought out decision haha… I was working as an assistant to a celebrity stylist (we did commercials, music videos, red carpet, etc..) I started experimenting with photoshop and illustrator, designing graphics and screening a few tees. I couldn't find bodies that I liked and became interested in the entire process start to finish; pattern, cut, sew, dye, it can be endless. It grew from there.
Did you have any sort of background or education with fashion or design prior to Mint Clothing Company?
I did not. I was a surfer growing up and had several sponsors. Sometimes I would do fittings for them, or go to trade shows but that was about it.
What is the idea behind Mint Clothing Company; for this new collection?
Spring/Summer is really more day to night then any of the other collections have been. There are a few really great transitional pieces, romper, maxi dress, lace up front dress & tee.. that are perfect beach to street, sandals to heels or booties pieces. Other then that, my vision is always really clear; to make the most comfortable pieces I can make!
What kind of person do you have in mind when you create your designs?
The Mint girl is active, loves the out doors, adventurous, but also go with the flow… most of all she is comfortable, not only in what she wears but in her own skin.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Myself haha… I think of what I like, what I want to wear.. what do I want, or my friends want that I don't see.
Do you have any words of wisdom for someone who wants to get into clothing design?
Be yourself!! Follow your gut. The fashion industry can be so tough, as well as any industry… you need to have faith and confidence in what you are doing always.
What can we expect next from you and Mint Clothing Company?
Mint Clothing Company's Spring/Summer 2016 collection will be available April 15, 2016.