We had the good fortune of connecting with Julianne Raposo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julianne, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It was a pinnacle time in our lives that we decided that we wanted to take a step and be our own bosses and be the CEOs of our own company and it was in January 2021 that I, Julianne quit my full-time job to pursue Esprit De Corps Studio as my full-time job and be involved in everything involving the creative direction, photographing our campaigns, making the garments, finding and thrifting the garments, to creating website while we were in Miami last New Years Eve. Mason and I definitely wanted to pursue our dreams and knowing that we had someone to do it with was all the more reason to do it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With us both having backgrounds not related to creating fashion or being artists we both grew to learn through different experiences in life that being together was so much more profound than just two people meeting it was more we had found the pieces that we were missing from one another and found it with each other and with that came our; story. Julianne having a background in wanting to be premed and be a plastic surgeon then becoming a personal trainer in downtown boston, then to be a sales associate at a streetwear brand I learned over the years after doing everything for everyone else that I myself wanted to take control of my life and pursue what I had always been passionate about; fashion. Mason was a college football star, he was the captain of his football team and unfortunately due to unforeseen accident he was unfortunately taken out the game his senior year and forced to face life for what it was figure out what he really wanted to do. Then in August 2020 we met, and him and I being both passionate fashion, creating, and about art along with designing, we both knew that this was something special. we have manifested a business together we have travel together we have shot campaigns together we do everything together this business is 50-50 and the whole premise of our brand is being able to bring you something so unique that you have never seen it before and whatever it is a piece of clothing a shoe, a piece of furniture we have it all. Along with our clothes we make them to be one of one reconstructed vintage pieces! where do you find that? where we take amazing grails from vintage brands and make them into even more unique pieces that are sewn all by hand by us everything is in-house we don’t outsource anything we do everything so we’re pretty proud of ourselves from learning from scratch how to do everything. we both taught ourselves and one was better at one thing and the other and Mason is great at graphics, I’m great at at photographing and coming up with creative concepts and ideas and just being well rounded and filling in the gap‘s for one another it’s a really powerful dynamic to have with one another and we are so grateful for and we are so grateful for this opportunity to share this with all you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Boston: The Friendly Toast Restaurant in Back Bay
The Grand in Seaport
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well not having a specific person or organization to shout out we do want to thank all of our inspiration that we do find from designers and artists along with furniture designers and brands that I’ve really seen as extending the idea of what a clothing brand can be. We have always mentioned having inspiration from Ralph Lauren to Chrome Hearts, Supreme, Louis Vuitton, and we also take pride in saying we ourselves are inspiration to our brand and vision
Facebook: Esprit de Corps Studio
Other: Mason Spence – Ceo Julianne Raposo – Ceo Both co founders
All photographs were taken by us and owned by us.