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Fashion Designer Peter J Curti: “This career path is not as glamorous as it looks, and it’s a lot of hard work; You really have to work at it, no matter how great your designs are”

The biggest misconception is honestly that what I do is all glamorous and easy, when actually its not at all. This career path is not that glamorous at all, and it’s a lot of hard work. You really have to work at it, no matter how great your designs are. You have to keep trying, […]


The biggest misconception is honestly that what I do is all glamorous and easy, when actually its not at all. This career path is not that glamorous at all, and it’s a lot of hard work. You really have to work at it, no matter how great your designs are. You have to keep trying, and know that things are going to fail sometimes. You have to remember that it’s not going to happen overnight. You have to have the right team behind you who understands your vision — because it’s not a one-man show.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter J. Curti. Peter is best known as a photographer / Fashion Stylist. His work has featured in Teen Vogue, the E! TV Network as well as WEtv — Million Dollar Matchmaker. In 2016, Peter started a fashion brand named, House Of Peter James.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Since I was little, I lived out my dream. I would dress up in my mom’s clothing, as I was really drawn to all the girly things that made women feel good. As a freshman in high school, I started photography classes and realized my talent for making women feel beautiful through colors, wardrobe, and for them to love their bodies because everyone is unique. So I came up with the House of Peter James. It’s truly about loving you who you are and knowing that you aren’t meant to look the same as everyone else. You are an individual and created beautifully, as you were intended. Our differences are what make the world a better place — so I chose to embrace feeling good.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I ended hanging out with Grammy Award Singer Maya. Some of her hits include Ghetto Superstar, Lady Marmalade, My Love is Like, founder of Planet 9, and is also signed to Interscope Records.

I hung out at her house in Los Angeles and ended up dressing and styling her. We drove to 340 night club where she had to perform. I was so impressed that someone who is so successful can be so down-to-earth and allow me to dress/style her for a huge performance. She even invited me up on stage and introduced me to the crowd. I knew then that sometimes the universe places you exactly where you need to be — it’s really about trusting the process, going with the flow, and following your own intuition.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

My new fashion line is about to be launched globally. I’m gearing up for a showing and a promotional party, inviting the press/media in two different markets to start. I’m also creating the packaging and media boxes, as well as the overall look-and-feel for each design and dress.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I am self-taught. I have majored in fashion since I was a little kid — it’s who I am. At the beginning of my career, I met many designers who graduated from FIT or a top design school, and I remember having self-doubt. Then, I soon realized that experience is what makes you who you are, When you know what doesn’t work, you soon learn what does work. I am thankful to be self-taught because it really sets me apart. I had to learn everything as I go, and it makes me standout from the rest. As they are designing based off of textbooks, I am designing based off of heart, love, soul, and creativity.

My mindset switched on when I was downtown, shopping in SOHO one day. It was a pop-up shop for Nico. He came right up to me, started talking, and was telling me his story — it just happened and was so surreal. It opened my eyes to this sign that this path my true calling and what I’m meant to be doing.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

The biggest misconception is honestly that what I do is all glamorous and easy, when actually its not at all. This career path is not that glamorous at all, and it’s a lot of hard work. You really have to work at it, no matter how great your designs are. You have to keep trying, and know that things are going to fail sometimes. You have to remember that it’s not going to happen overnight. You have to have the right team behind you who understands your vision — because it’s not a one-man show.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I see way too many homeless people the gay youth. Its very common in Ca. So I would start a movement that has to do with homelessness. and also domestic violence. UI was bullied as a kid beat up for being who I was and who I was designed to be. So I have created a movement which is about feeling good loving your self and being who you are created to be.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why?

• Be Patient.

• Be open to criticism- and take it constructively.

• Spin every negative comment into a positive ,and see how it can help you.

• Know who is in your inner circle, and whom is looking out for your best interest.

• Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.

• Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote?” Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”

• Reason — people come and go in your life.

• Some paths are longer than others.

• Season — people who are there for a shorter amount of time. They are there to get you through something, to teach you something, or to introduce you to someone or something.

I feel like some people are in your life for a lifetime and will always be there no matter what.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I’m grateful for my mom and grandma for just always realizing who I was — but more importantly, accepting me for me. I really admire being taught not to worry about what others thought of me. Just be you and love it.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Oprah — I would love to have breakfast in her garden, sipping tea. She made it against all odds stacked up against her, a women in media. She has helped and inspired so many people love who they are, accept who they are, and really taught the importance of being your authentic self — not trying to live a lie to fit in — finding your inner voice and being true to that. She empowers so many of us. It is my dream to be able to inspire and give people hope that they are not alone, to embrace differences, and fearless in pursuit of their dreams to be the best they can be.

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