Meet Joms de Castro, a fashion designer based in Dubai.
At 36 years old, he has already worked in the fashion industry for five years. The road to where he is right now may be far from easy but he can prove that it’s all worth it.
His long-term goal is to put up a fashion school and impart knowledge in garment construction, sharing wisdom and shaping the minds of the fashion industry’s future.
Taking up Fashion as Profession
“Client satisfaction is always my main concern.”
There are lots of factors in life that affect decision-making, but for Joms, fashion has always been there.
“Ever since I was a child, I used to sketch women in different dresses at the back of my notebook, so I knew since then that I wanted to become a fashion designer. But, I guess I had to wait for the perfect timing for me to pursue this profession.”
According to him, most people don’t know that fashion is just pure glamour. He sees beauty out of ordinary things, finding inspiration for his designs everywhere. Even things that other people would see as odd can be a source of inspiration. When it comes to his personal style on the way he dresses, he says he is a modern minimalist but he also loves the classic style. He uses basic colors such as gray, midnight blue, and white because they’re practical and easy to mix and match.
“Client satisfaction is always my main concern, and the skills I acquired from sales/marketing were useful in closing a deal which is very important because, at the end of the day, fashion is still a business.”
Outlook on Fashion as an Industry
“If they doubt that fashion is not important, I have nothing to say to them.”
Fashion isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. With so many people in the world, there will always be people who don’t have the same interests.
To people who doubt that fashion is important, Joms suggests watching The Devil Wears Prada, the 2006 film about the fashion world. Miranda Priestly, the Editor-in-Chief of the fashion magazine Runway, explained to her new personal assistant how fashion influences everything around us even if we don’t realize it. It’s a huge cycle that we take part in, and her assistant Andy has just referred to fashion as “stuff.”
“But seriously, if they doubt that fashion is important, I have nothing to say to them,” says Joms.
At present, the fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. There is a huge environmental impact in fast fashion, with any establishments maximizing trends as much as they can buy using substandard and cheap garments. One cannot ignore the realities of the present, and as a fashion designer, Joms know that he must take part in building a better world for the future. He wants to make the fashion industry more sustainable by using fabrics derived from eco-friendly materials, like sustainably grown fiber crops. More people are making a conscious effort to be ethical, like the organisation Fashion Revolution who advocates for transparency and sustainability in the fashion industry.
Success, Challenges and Lessons
“If I’ll showcase a collection on a global platform, that would also be the biggest success for me.”
Everyone, at any point in their life, has always had their fair share of failures. Still, even from moments like that, the best people would always find lessons that they can learn from it to further improve themselves in the future.
For Joms, his biggest failure taught him to trust the process, learn to wait, and enjoy the journey.
In a 5-year career, there will always be clients that tend to be a bit more challenging than most. For these kinds of scenarios, he just listens to their requests and concerns, providing a reasonable resolution. He makes sure to reassure them that everything will be fixed at the next fitting. He deals with their frustration by reassuring them as it defuses the anger. Though, to be fair, he admits that most of his clients were nice.
“Being a fashion designer is difficult but the best part of my job is being part of my clients’ most memorable moments such as weddings and debuts. It is wonderful to know that something you’ve created has made a celebration more special for someone. I consider happy and satisfied clients to be the biggest success in my career. If I’ll showcase a collection on a global platform, that would also be the biggest success for me.”
Pieces of Advice
“Trust the process, learn to wait, and enjoy the journey.”
To a budding fashion designer, he gives the following pieces of advice:
- Follow what your heart desires.
- Do what you love doing and you’ll never hate Mondays.
- Once you start, just continue to master the craft and enjoy the journey.
- Don’t rush but never slow down.
- Use your talent and gift for His glory.
Joms de Castro’s story proves that hard work and perseverance will get anyone where they want to be. Nothing ever comes easy, but all the time and effort will always be worth it. If there’s anything to be learned from everything he has shared, it’s that the most essential part of any endeavor is never losing the passion for it.
Check out his fashion gallery here.