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Exclusive interview with Daniel Oporto

 

Daniel Oporto is a Bolivian fashion designer that has conquered several continents with his styles. He has gained huge popularity with his fashion lines globally, but especially America, as he worked alongside celebrities for the most glamorous events. We get the chance to interview Daniel Oporto and talk about his latest news. 

What’s the latest news for your fashion line? 

“We have new fashion shows coming up in October in Qatar to begin with, so I am very excited! It is a project I’ve been working on for a while, and soon my line will be distributed in Qatar as well. I believe Qatar is an amazing country with lots of future in the fashion industry, which is very important to be present. Plus, the World Cup 2022 will be in Qatar.”

 

What’s your secret to staying in shape?

“I was vegetarian for 20 years, but generally speaking I love athletics and fitness. Balance is key when it comes to having a good diet and work out routine that is suitable for your body type.”

What do you do in your own time, when you’re not working?

“I run a charity organisation which specifically helps children who are raised in jails with their parents. I have been donating and providing resources such as milk to jails all over South America the last 10 years and onwards. I am also looking into starting a charity project to help animals in need.”

 

How does it feel to be a single parent in the fashion industry? 

“Well it is not easy at all, simply because wherever I go in the world he usually comes with me for a while and we are constantly travelling. This has always meant that I would try to balance my career whilst trying to be the best dad that I can and provide everything to my son. It took a while to have everything organized, but I got there in the end and it’s totally worth it.”

Where are you currently living now?

“My son and I are currently living in Doha, Qatar and will soon start travelling again, once everything has eased up and is back to normal.”

 

Is it true that you are a brand ambassador now?

“Yes and for many brands such as Palazzo Versace Dubai, Chopard watches, Overdrive watches, Yasmine Palace, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Ferrari. I’ve also participated in the biggest fashion shows in Qatar and Hong Kong. It is great to be both a fashion designer and a brand ambassador for many brands that I love.”

What inspired you to get into fashion?

“When I moved to Miami and studied Art at Florida International University, I made the big move to LA and studied film and television. At the time I was working as a personal stylist for celebrities such as Mark Walbergh, Placido Domingo, Vittori Griggolo and for television series such as Entourage. I also worked as a personal stylist for celebrities in movies, plus I was a wardrobe designer for Placido Domingos’ concerts. My passion grew when I was in New York and I attended fashion shows. I worked alongside well known photographers such as David La Chapelle and Mario Testino. It was an eye opening experience for me and that’s what motivated me to open my clothing brand in LA.”

When did you feel like you peaked in success as a budding fashion designer?

“My first store opened in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2006 I grasped the full attention from celebrities and people with high statuses. That’s when I had a proud moment for myself, because I was designing wardrobes for special events such as the Oscar awards. For me, what I am most proud of is being ranked in the top 5 fashion designers in South America. That is when I knew that I peaked in success and I am still to this day, continuing what I love and achieving great things all the time.”

Was it challenging to raise a child alone whilst working in fashion? 

“Yes, it was challenging, because I was trying to lift off my career without trying to neglect my child at all. I made sure that he had the best education by homeschooling him. To me, what is important to overcome this challenge is to make sure that everything is balanced and organised. Being in fashion is my job, it’s something that I love doing and cannot give up. It is the same for a single parent who is a lawyer or a salesperson; you have to maintain everything with balance, otherwise it’ll all fall apart. For some people they have to give up achieving their dreams, but I consider myself lucky that I was still able to pursue it.”

For more information about Daniel Oporto and his fashion line, check out: www.danieloporto.com

Mariliana Fotopoulou

Marilianna has an MSc in Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy from the University of Leeds, UK. She has a special interest in fast-moving industries and big data, but also writes about the digital entertainment industry in her spare time.
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