Locked away in a bedroom-turned-workshop is T-Town fashionista Valentin Esparza, whose designs have taken the city by storm over the past two years. Esparza, self-taught through meticulous research and experimentation, launched a series of Golden Driller-themed t-shirts and his career in 2009. His Driller design would be seen on various styles of onesies and even pillows before the designer became tired with being known for one image and turned his attention to the larger challenge of hand-making fashionable apparel for women. This month Esparza is determined to unveil his third collection, hoping to turn more heads his way. Not bad for a self-taught artist who’s market remains wide open for the taking.
by Michael Cooper