When it comes to chasing a dream, passion is simply not enough. Hard work and struggle are also needed to get you closer to making your dream a reality. For all the successful achievers who are known for knowing their true calling since a young age, there are also those who are uncertain about their ideal role and are compelled to work in many fields before they find their calling. Both journeys are different but equally exhilarating, just like the one we’re about to discuss today.
When Patrick Matamoros graduated, he wasn’t sure how he would make it through the year, let alone imagine that he would have a successful business and a repertoire with some of the biggest musical celebrities. Fast forward 20 years and the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna swear by his tees. “The hardest part of my journey has been the distance between me and my son. I really miss him. He’s in the UK and we Facetime almost every day. What does this teach you? Sacrifice, my friend. No one would state the obvious, but, if you have dreams, get ready to sacrifice. And if it’s for the better, it shouldn’t be viewed negatively,” reveals Patrick.
From being a chef intern at the Playboy Mansion to a construction worker and eventually a mortgage broker at Wall Street, Patrick’s journey has been one of many twists and turns, each experience has only fueled his determination and cemented his vision. He draws inspiration from his family and claims that they are his biggest motivators to ‘create and deliver’.
Patrick’s t-shirts are trendsetters, not just cause they are worn by icons like Kanye West, but because they cater to a diversified audience and have made a niche for themselves. For Rihanna’s tour with Eminem, he was tasked with finding the perfect tee for every city on the list, one that would be a unique representative of each city’s musical history. And when Marc Ronson wanted a custom tee for his new album, Patrick’s design ended up becoming the album cover itself. What’s more, Benny Blanco wounded up using the hoodie that was designed for him at the AMAs. Patrick’s success proves that finding your talent takes patience and nurturing it takes commitment.
Patrick’s success hasn’t gotten to his head, he’s grounded, hungry for more, and still believes his best work is yet to come. Patrick dreams of a world of equal opportunities, especially for the youth. His upcoming collection is inspired by the ‘dreams and hopes of all young men and women’. It’s remarkable how he started out and where he ended up. His story sets an example for all those who are struggling with their career, to keep taking risks and embrace the struggle until they find their calling.