In 2008 my mom bought my brother and I way too many pants for the holidays. My dad bought us a flip camera. In our free time we decided to make an infomercial inspired by interested in a television series called Tim and Eric: Awesome Show Great Job. I had no idea what I was signing myself up for.
In 2012 I was in San Francisco with a trunk full of screen printed t-shirts that I made. I ended up at a store called The Piedmont. I asked the lady running the store if I could trade some shirts for a discount on one of their amazing button down shirts. She told me that wasn't possible because all their clothes were made in house. She went on to tell me that as an artist its my job to find things in the world and put them together in the way that I see fit. Strangely enough the next store I went into was a fabric store. I bought a piece of fur and some shiny spandex fabric. That was the moment the snowball started building.
During my senior year at Pitzer College, I spent all my free time fabricating clothing in my room. I made a few hundred pieces of clothing and displayed them in a series of art shows, but that was just the beginning. After graduating from Pitzer, I moved to Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Over the next few years I went on to produce a plethora of clothing while starting a small art business.
The year before I started dental school I met the love of my life Joyce. We met on halloween and went on our first date on new years eve. I took her fabric shopping and told her I would make her clothes out of whatever she wanted. She came down to the beach a week later and we I started making her clothes. She asked if she could try using the machine I was using and I was happy to oblige. To my surprise she was operating my serger better than I could. I soon found out she had made her own clothes when she was a child and when it comes to technical sewing skills she far outpaced me. As our relationship blossomed we began working together in making custom clothing for individuals.
We rebranded our clothing project as Pance News #WorldWide. I came to the conclusion that pants should be spelled Pance as it is a single object you put on. One doesn't say I'm putting on my shirts. And if Pance are useful for anything it's dancing, so it only makes sense they would be Pance. Today Joyce and I have a studio in Princeton, New Jersey where we develop our designs, create new forms, and fabricate custom garments for individuals. We love to travel. We voyage around the world in search for interesting fabrics and unique forms the help inspire us to continue developing our designs.