the little things
David Isaac was born October 7, 1984 in Queens New York to Haitian parents Jacques and Danielle Isaac. David’s line; Jacques Isaac, was honorably named after his late father and his introduction to fashion came subliminally at the very beginning of his childhood. His mother was a talented seamstress and would work at home creating school uniforms and dresses for family and friends, including the creation of some very elaborate Halloween costumes, worthy of their Haitian costume designing culture. His early memories consisted of watching his mother working with the colorful fabrics, threads and ribbons and creating with her hands, a magical process to young David’s eyes.
His latest men’s denim collection is designed for the fashion forward professional and retail stores that believe in supporting something innovative and original. As a result our customers benefit from having a product that’s comfortable, robust and distinctive. In addition, his Burlap and ink stamps are not usually what you think as refined; they are rough and bold, however, the ties are soft to the touch and the stamping is delicate and remarkably detailed. This playfulness between high quality and urban edge is David’s signature style. It is evident throughout the collection, focused and calculated.
What should everyone know about you?
DI: David Isaac is Head Designer and Creative director at Jacques Isaac. He has 10 years of fashion design experience. Graduated Clark University with a BA in communications and Business. Then in 2010 Studied Haute Couture and Draping at Fashion Institute of Technology where he received his Certification in 2013.
How would you describe what you do?
DI: Design clothing that our customers demand and want with a touch of my creative vision. Making a living doing what I’m passionate about while pushing my creative limits.
What steps did you take to become a designer?
DI: I studied the history, consumed as much knowledge from as many professors, mentors, and other fashion professionals as I could.
Best/Most Challenging part of your job?
DI: Challenging yourself and creating something better every time.
If you weren’t a designer what would you be?
DI: Either an athlete or something related to the arts.
How did you get started in design?
DI: During my senior year in college in 2007 I had to do an independent study and I decided to do it on Fashion and created my first collection.
What do you like about what you do?
DI: Seeing a mental vision becoming an abstract object.
What’s a common misconception people have about what you do?
DI: Just because you have a great design doesn’t make you a designer, it’s the execution and little things others don’t see.
What sparked your interest in design?
DI: I remember seeing a Valentino and Alexander McQueen fashion show on Fashion TV when I was in school. I was just fascinated with the designs and concepts.
How has your work evolved since you began your career?
DI: When I first started I only knew how to sketch designs. Now I know how to sew, make patterns, understand different techniques, different fabrics and grades and understanding the market.
Are there any types of clothing/footwear/accessories that you avoid wearing?
DI: Super Skinny Jeans
What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
DI: I would definitely say the new 3D technology in clothing.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your career?
DI: Fashion changes with the wind and in order to be ahead of the game you need to always do your homework on the industry and be a trendsetter.
What advice would you give to young designers?
DI: Always try to learn 1 thing a day in your craft. Be better that you were yesterday.
What would you like to achieve before the end of the year?
DI: Grow my client list and team.
What’s your motto?
DI: Work hard today so tomorrow can be easier.