Instructor Spotlight: Daniel DeMatteo

Daniel Matteo is a menswear designer whose work has spanned from Nicole Miller to his own clothing brand, Destino Vero. He is a graduate of the FIT Menswear Design program. Despite no previous apparel experience, he quickly moved to the top of his class and was hired by Nicole Miller while still attending FIT. For over 20 years, Dan made his way through every corner of the fashion industry – and the globe. He conquered design, merchandising, sourcing, and beyond for marquee brands and boutiques alike while learning from their successes and failures. Then after years of incubation, Dan launched his own clothing company and brand in 2012.

Daniel DeMatteo teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HMW 157 Intro to Menswear Sewing 

Teaching Philosophy:
I take great pride in teaching the next generation of designers, tastemakers, and creatives. In my class I focus on the importance of sharpening the students’ skills, leading by example, and encouraging a strong work ethic while infusing a sharp attention to detail. I provide my students with a unique hands-on experience that parallels the fashion industry’s demands and helps to ensure future success.

Precollege Programs

Industry Experience:

  • In 2012, Dan launched his own clothing company and brand, Destino Vero
  • GQ Magazine-Bombay Sapphire exhibition, “New Designer of the Year” award ceremony
  • Day for Night exhibition, Menswear design award
  • Italian Trade Commission Exhibition award, Daniel was sent to study and work in Prato, Italy
  • FIT Outstanding Menswear Student Achievement Award, Daniel was sent to study in Paris, France

Work by Daniel DeMatteo:


 

Until We Meet Again

Hello for the last time!

I know it’s sad, but Precollege classes have come to an end. It has been an absolute pleasure blogging for all of you. I am thrilled that I could take another FIT Precollege class as well as blog this year. I learned so much and had a blast!

My last day was dedicated to finishing up the men’s shirts we’d been working on all semester and celebrating our achievements. After all these weeks, I have a newfound appreciation for the work that goes into making a dress shirt.

I am proud of the shirt I made. Bright yellow isn’t a color I normally wear, but I put so much time into making this garment that I feel obliged to wear it at some point. I may also just give it to someone who is more likely to wear it. I spent my last half hour sewing colorful buttons, which I found at Mood Fabrics, up the front and on the cuffs. I was also very excited to use a special sewing machine for the buttonholes. Everything is so much easier when one has the appropriate tools and supplies!

Although we all made the same size shirt, every student chose their own fabric. This meant that every shirt was unique. Some people made long-sleeved versions and others made short-sleeved shirts. Everyone used different patterned and colored fabrics. I like that we were allowed this creative freedom.

I feel like a much stronger sewer after taking this menswear sewing class. I’ve also been reminded, as I always am, that it’s best to measure twice and cut once. I could have saved myself a lot of frustration.

Well, I hope you had as much fun taking classes as I did. A new set of Precollege classes and workshops are just around the corner.

I will miss FIT next year, but I hope to stay in contact with its wonderful community.

Happy creating!

– Ella