Neighborhood Watch is an up and coming streetwear brand from Clovis, California. Inspired by skateboarding themes with a mellow vibe, it’s one to look out for. Founded by Kyle 'Stackwoods' Torres, he spends his time making his clothes by hand, one piece at a time.
Rob Sauerwein: What led you to fashion design?
Kyle Torres: I've always had a love for fashion ever since elementary school. I would pick out my outfits a day before, and never wore the same thing twice in a week. In high school, I created my first fashion designs which lead to my first fashion brand, and from there I actually created four other fashion brand names before I decided on staying with only one, Neighborhood Watch.
Detail your inspiration behind the brand name ‘Neighborhood Watch.’
Neighborhood Watch is everyone, everywhere, at anytime. The name came out to me as a big brother type aesthetic. Truthfully, we live in a time period where everything is recorded or documented somehow, so it just kind of fit. Whether the idea is ominous or not, I wanted to leave that for the consumer's interpretation.
What mentally connects you to designing pieces for Neighborhood Watch?
The mental drive behind my designs definitely correlates with seeing people wear my clothes. There's really just an indescribable feeling when someone feels untouchable in something you created.
Tell us a major aspiration for Neighborhood Watch, whether it be brand expansion or community outreach.
I'm hoping once I get a bigger wave rolling, that I can start having skate competitions and such around the Central Valley, CA. Skateboarding was huge when I was growing up, especially where I live, but a lot of people didn't have that push to get to the next level. If I can get in a position to sponsor some of these kids, I'd know I'm headed in the right path. The youth is the future, so we might as well treat them well.
Any advice for young fashion designers looking to start their own brands?
Just keep grinding. I suffer from terrible anxiety, so this truly helps put my mind at ease. Here's one thing for sure though, don't bank on making it big and having people help you. When it comes down to it, it's all determination and how much effort you put forth.
What can we expect from Neighborhood Watch this Fall/Winter 2018, and in the new year?
I don't usually announce things about collections and their release dates until it's set in stone, but my final two drops of the year will be on December 9th, and December 30th. I eventually want to have a pop-up shop in San Francisco, but for now that will have to wait until next year.
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