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Tim Navarro in "Project Runway 2014"
Tim Navarro Project Runway 2014
Tim Navarro from "Project Runway 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 13 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 32-year-old designer who is currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but is originally from Rochester, Minnesota.

Here is an interview with Tim Navarro:

Describe your family:

We are very close, competitive and welcoming. Growing up, my father fostered an environment of being our best selves. It led to us being pretty competitive with each other. Our mother was more nurturing and encouraged us to fallow our creative selves. I learned to not be afraid of failure, that embracing and learning from those faults one could create a path to success.

Current occupation?

I am a small business owner. I just closed the doors of the store I owned and operated with my twin brother, Thom Navarro. Along with a few of our associates, we have started a production company titled Cult Collective. Our launch event, Icons, will debut June 27, 2014.

Past jobs?

Menswear designer for TIM+THOM, former co-owner of a custom boutique called You and Me, server at the Mill, Nebraska.


Harvey, female black and white cat; Dora, female black lab.


Dagger McCutty — self-given for Instagram because I like the way it sounds.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I realized I had designer potential when I saw my brother making money off of designs he created. I thought, I'm a tailor and am just as creative as he is; if he can do it, I can. I love the direction it has taken me and still keep a healthy sense of competition going between us.

First garment you ever made?

Unfortunately, I don't have any picture of the first garment I ever made but can describe it. It was a sleeveless, white boat-neck men's shirt — that draped from the shoulders. I added a geometric wool cut-out to the chest to make it look more masculine. Ha! It was the first item I ever sold too.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

I am a self-taught tailor — you could say my mom taught me to sew too. My twin brother and I would have to alter our own clothes by hand if we didn't like the hand-me-downs we received from our brothers and sister.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

I have not won any awards personally. Our store You and Me was the first local boutique granted the Eco-Friendly label by Sol Inspirations, a local company dedicated to creating sustainable fashion.

Strengths as a designer?

My strengths as a designer lay in menswear, my attention to detail and my background as a tailor. I was taught to know the rules before I could break them. If I can't figure out how do it the right way, I create a path for myself.

Weaknesses as a designer?

My weaknesses as a designer would probably be working with delicate fabrics, such as silk, chiffon, etc. Sometimes my hands don't move as fast as my brain and it can put me out of sync. I need to be more patient as I work.

What are your influences?

My influences range from Zegna to the local bicycle community. I'm most inspired by the GLBT community because of their confidence beyond the clothes they wear.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

It's very eclectic, ranging from electronic to indie-pop. Most times rock-a-billy, Motown favorites new and old, Imperial Teen and local artists like Lazy Ike and the Daredevils, L'Assassins, Taj Raj and the Wreckless Ones.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

I would have to say wool suiting. I love to challenge myself with making fabrics like cordura do what they're not normally intended for.

Item you're most proud of designing?

The design I'm most proud of is a three-piece woman's suit. It was a custom design and my first GLBT wedding design. It carries personal meaning with me, and I gained a very good friend because of it.

Favorite designer(s)?

Zegna, local designers in my community like Laura Fulk, Sarah Holm, and Danielle Everine. I would be lying if I didn't say Alexander McQueen — but who doesn't love his work. You're crazy if you can't appreciate what he gave to the world.

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Where does Tim Navarro live? Find out here.

Age: ∼34 years old
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Current Residence: Minneapolis, MN

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