Designer David Peck is a man of disarmingly simple attire. Sitting in his Upper Kirby showroom and manufacturing headquarters, you wouldn’t think this guy in a tee and skinny jeans created the mink crewneck top with a fountain of gold fabric at the center of his studio. That sort of balance is consistent throughout Peck’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection, with structure, formal lapels, and tailored cuts toning down some busy patterns and bold fabrics.

When asked about the inspiration behind his newest collection, Peck says they represent the themes and imagery from three of his favorite Gregory Peck movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday and Gentleman's Agreement. He says “Gregory Peck” with a smirk, perhaps afraid of being written off as another young, narcissistic designer who’s obsessed with anything having to do with his name or likeness. But scratch the surface of this local artist and you’ll find a deep commitment to and interest in issues of social justice and labor law fairness.  

Seriously, I mean it. He’s the first local designer who has had the gumption to manufacture his own clothes, not to mention those of his peers Amir Taghi and Jonathan Tinkle. More than merely conjuring a brand of contemporary, high-end but thoroughly wearable garments, Peck is making a name for the Houston market by presenting the South’s first full-blown fashion house. Check out our slideshow to see more from Houston Made, a trunk show featuring Peck, Taghi, and Tinkle, and set in the atelier.

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