Vox Siren's Co - Founder and Creative Director Kerri Lynne Thorp interviewed Rasha and Vanna of Dapper D:
Vox Siren Celebrates Dapper D Fashions! PNW Local Clothing Brand Caters to the LGBTQ Community, and Welcomes All.
Welcome to Vox Siren's first blog in our new series celebrating local women leaders! Our agency seeks to promote an intersectional feminist lens and model creative ways to support and celebrate our fellow changemakers!
Last summer Vox Siren's Co - Founder and Creative Director Kerri Lynne Thorp was invited to venture out to Battle Ground, Washington and shoot behind the scenes footage to the Kickstarter of a new fashion line Dapper D Fashions. Little did she know she was witnessing the birth of an amazing, inspiring force of community.
Dapper D Fashions is a lifestyle clothing brand with a masculine edge founded by Vanna and Rasha Pecoraro. Dapper D caters to the LGBTQ community, and welcomes all. Vanna told us she identified a need for the type of clothes she wears. She shops in the men’s department but has a difficult time finding clothes that fit. . "I wanted to start a clothing line for those who do not conform to society’s norms. We are fulfilling a need in a niche market. We started out thinking that our clothes would only appeal to the LGBT market however, we quickly discovered that it appealed to a broader audience."
One of our favorite things about Dapper D is their tag line "Be Brave. Be Authentic. Be You." (You can buy it on an fab tshirt here.) Rasha said they didn’t just want to provide clothes. Dapper D wants to make a positive difference. "Be Brave. Be Authentic. Be You. is a message that resonates with everyone. We felt it was important to send the message of being your true authentic self, and to do that you have to be brave. It’s not easy for most people, but so rewarding at the end."
Rasha and Vanna are not only business partners, they are also married and raising an adorable toddler! If you follow Dapper D on Facebook, you will enjoy the best and silliest family videos! They said being mothers and starting a businesses is definitely a challenge. "We do make a great team. We play tag team a lot. One of us may work on the business while the other works on mommy duties, and vice versa. We each have different strengths when it comes to the business, so we make sure we focus on that. We always make sure to work together though, and that we’re on the same page especially when it comes to our daughter."
Dapper D has an incredibly strong and supportive community. In the last year they have had an incredibly positive response, starting with their successful Kickstarter in July 2014. They told us the most touching is the letters they've received from folks sharing their own stories, and what Be Brave. Be Authentic. Be You. has meant to them.Vox Siren is so happy to know and support this amazing company. Dapper D is a fashion line with the focus of making people feel good about themselves! Fashion, positivity, fun and community. What is not to love!
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