Who is Juan Carlos Anglero?
Juan Carlos Anglero is a dreamer with a vision, he wants to create pieces people love to wear in the most private moments of their lives, he wants to help with his vision.
What is your background?
That’s always been a complicated question for me but here it goes. My father is Puerto Rican, mother Colombian. I was born in Miami and raised in Sevilla Spain and have been living in New York for 17 years, the only place where my story is one of many so I don’t feel like a foreigner. This is my home, I’m a New Yorker.
How long have you been designing apparel?
I went to FIT for pattern making in 2002 and have been working in the New York fashion industry ever since. I had been designing hoodies and sportswear since 2007 but mostly worked in the sales side of fashion, now I see how valuable it is because I design for people to actually wear; my design perspective is to satisfy the customer, not my own view of what I consider beautiful.
Tell us about the Dream hoodie.
The Dream Hoodie is my pursuit of a perfect hoodie, my signature product. 10 years of testing materials, fits, customer’s reviews and constantly searching for innovative features culminated in one product ” The Dream Hoodie”; the biggest reward at the end is having friends and fans simply tell me, Juan Carlos, this is my favorite hoodie, thank you!
How did you come up with the idea?
My purpose for ANGLERO New York is to be the best brand specializing in hoodies. I need to perfect my signature hoodie first so I only produce the Dream Hoodie which I upgrade and release once a year. The main feature of the Dream Hoodie 1.0 was the detachable travel eye mask; the idea started in 2008 when I was trapped in Buenos Aires airport for 2 days. There was a customs strike and foreigners couldn’t be processed out of the country; my friend was wearing my first collection and kept pulling the hood over her eyes to sleep on the airport floor. That’s when I started thinking about an eye cover to sleep while traveling. Then, the main feature of the Dream Hoodie 2.0 was the lover’s pocket. I was on a road trip in West Australia with another friend, both wearing the DH1.0; we were on top of a windy cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, embracing each other by the waist at the stunning view. I was touching the softness of the fabric when the idea to make a back pocket started brewing as well. There’s a story for every component of the Dream Hoodie.
How long have you been on the market?
4 years under the brand EVENAGAMBA and 3 years under my own ANGLERO New York
I heard that it’s a favorite of Lady Gaga, is it true?
Amazingly yes, I never met her but I knew she acquired the Dream Hoodie 2.0. I just wished for a paparazzi shot but something better was in store because she posted a picture on her Instagram saying ” I love this hoodie” . It was incredible for one of the biggest stars in the world who has all the big brands after her to make that statement for a small brand.
Tell us about your fabric and point of fabrication.
I love my cotton; it is where the biggest portion of the budget goes. I started using Peruvian cotton with my first collection in 2008 and after washing and drying it for almost a decade I was stunned by it’s durability, softness and color retention. Then when all my first customers raved about it I knew this had to be the main component. I have been getting this fabric produced specifically for me from the same mill since 2007. Like an exceptional wine, Peruvian cotton is the world’s finest because of the perfect equatorial conditions, soil, and the fact that it is hand picked. The fiber grows exceptionally long, making it silky soft, highly resistant to pilling and extremely durable.
Is there a new version of the “Dream Hoodie” in projection?
Yes, I upgrade and release an upgraded version via Kickstarter once a year. The latest Dream Hoodie is scheduled to be released on July 7th 2017. I don’t do fashion shows but a video presentation explaining every detail and process.
Tell us about your next Kickstarter and ABC Funderdome appearance.
There will be a release on Kickstarter for pre orders on July 7 for 30 days and I compete on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome on July 16 at 9pm. Funderdome is a Mark Burnett show where instead of pitching to investors, entrepreneurs compete with their ideas and pitch in 90 seconds to a studio audience, then the audience votes on which product they want to buy. Wish me luck.
What is your daily routine?
I wake up without an alarm usually around 6am, I give thanks for the simple things in my life: shelter, family, friends, water, etc, take an hour to drink coffee and I start writing notes of whatever I need to do that day. I hit the gym around 7:30, eat breakfast and head to the office at 9am. I’m small so I manage all aspects of the business: sample making, sourcing materials, marketing, sales, production etc. But is very important to be involved in every single department of your business because you learn what can go wrong and then you know to hire someone better than you.
Tell us about ANGLERO 2.0
This is the best part of the job, after years of looking for a way to further help with my company, I decided to donate 20% of profits to support orphanages and finance the kids’ education after 18. When I started working with production in Peru, a friend introduced me to “Hogar La Aurora”, a small home of 22 orphan kids and kids of parents who can’t afford to feed them. This home is run by nuns and is financed entirely by donations; they don’t receive any help from the state. First I want to make a difference in one home and set up a college fund for the kids, then I hope I can do the same with more homes. I want to be involved in all aspects, I don’t want to just give fish, I want to teach them how to fish.