Peder Cho recycles designer bags into just about anything
I sew everyday for about 10-12 hours, creating custom pieces for clients or creating collections with other brands, so the content is there. I’m filming everything now. A lot of my personalized customer base comes from Instagram, so they see my work and say, “I want this, but my way.”
You were an accountant before you started doing things. What inspired the transition?
My older brother was running his own business at the time. I saw her everyday life and I wanted this so badly: the freedom to do whatever you want in your spare time. He was the catalyst, urging me to only do one piece at a time. I slowly learned how to make my costumes from my father’s tailoring company when I was an accountant. At that time, I was 24, I was an accountant, and I went out every night. Wanting more life, I learned that I really had to go for it instead of using this new practice as a hobby. I started sewing more frequently and recycling old NBA jerseys that I collected in high school. Finally, getting feedback outside of my friends and family made me mentally believe that I could be an artist.
All your parts are often upcycled. Why is sustainability important to you?
I was fortunate enough to be part of the sustainability movement as a designer because my whole premise around sewing started with it. I started making recycled NBA coins for myself, and I wasn’t able to duplicate them at the time. This inadvertently forced my business model to rework customer items. The premise was now stronger: there was sentimental added value that was not offered elsewhere.
What has been the favorite thing you have done so far, and why?