I had the pleasure of catching up with designer Peter Hidalgo on two occasions over the past few weeks. The first time we met at Diana Broussard, the chic, artsy boutique located in the West village. Peter has been selling there for a few seasons in addition to creating a few exclusive pieces for the shop to sell along with the regular collection. The second time we met was quite a treat as I was invited to his studio in Astoria, Queens. I love seeing the environment in which a designer creates. His studio is filled with rolls of fabrics, a large drawing table where lays a sample pattern in the making, racks of clothes about to be shipped hang alongside some of his archives and classical music fills the background. The space feels peaceful and conducive to creation.
While his grandparents were natives of Spain, Peter and his parents were born Santo Domingo, DR where Peter spent his childhood. The family was a creative bunch, especially his aunt whose sense of style inspired him to become a designer. His first loves were music, painting and illustration. Until not long ago he was sketching his designs in exhaustive details. Today while sketches are still a part of his creative process he is more focused on the draping of the garment. Peter is known for his skills at cutting and fitting a garment. If like me you are the proud owner of one of his dresses you will agree that he truly is a master tailor!
After having weathered a few ups and downs, nothing uncommon in this business, the label is now on more solid footing and can be found at Linda Dresner, Hall’s, and of course Diana Broussard.
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1. What do you love most about your job?
The creative part without a doubt. I could not see myself doing anything else.
2. If you did not live in New York where would you live and why?
While I enjoy living in Astoria I think I’d like to either move into the city or somewhere with a beach.
3. When not working what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with friends and family.
4. What is your best memory from childhood?
Christmas at home in Santo Domingo.
5. What is your favorite holiday destination and why?
The beach. Always. Anywhere.
6. Book or e-reader? Why and what are you currently reading?
Books. I just finished “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.
7. Which social media platform do you use and how did they impact your business?
Mostly Facebook for the business but also to reconnect with old friends.
8. What is a true luxury for you today?
High quality products made with care. That is too rare today.
9. What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Why?
To be happy and at peace.
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