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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Fashion Design Alumna Deborah Sabet

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Deborah Sabet (’05 Fashion Design)
District Homme

District Homme is a fashion house that believes in the lost art of tailoring and construction while designing one-of-a kind suits for unique individuals. With design headquarters in downtown L.A. and tailors in both L.A. and N.Y., this made-to-measure suitery offers bespoke suits for the modernly masculine man. Each suit represents a creative collaboration, with distinctive fabrics, cuts, colors and details. District Homme has steadily built up an extensive, international clientele base including celebrities and high-power executives. We are currently developing District Femme, to provide custom suits and couture fashion for women.

Starting up
I’ve worked for various retailers – from large corporations to family-owned companies. I realized the best way to achieve everything I wanted was to venture off on my own, and that’s how District Homme was born. I honestly had no idea that I would end up where I am today. Otis introduced me to the possibility of designing menswear and all the choices I made upon graduating pushed me towards creating District Homme.

Biggest reward
I have the biggest smile on my face when I see that a client is happy with the end product and is excited about wearing it, whether on their wedding night or on the red carpet. Having your own business is very different than working for a national retailer, where a lot of people have input on your designs, and you often don’t get to see the final product on a customer. I really enjoy working with my clients from start to finish, while at the same time getting to know them, and designing them a one-of-a-kind suit.

Biggest challenge
As a more creative individual, I struggle to enjoy the days where I have to organize my books, deal with licenses, and pay the bills. I wish all of that stuff just magically worked out on its own. I surround myself with people who know what they are doing, and I learn from them.

Breakthrough moment
A friend I made in N.Y. introduced me to an actor who was starring on Glee, a popular TV show, and in just two short weeks, I designed him a suit that he wore to the Grammy Awards. The exposure I got from that event gave my business the attention and press it needed to get off the ground, and opened my eyes to all that I was capable of.  It was then that I realized I wasn’t meant to design for someone else.

Thank you, Otis!
All that hard work gave me the confidence I needed to be able to walk into any interview believing that no challenge would be out of my reach.

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