In order to give fans a say in the design making process, Garcon Model created a Kickstarter for the launch of their second collection of underwear. When the pledge period closed, the campaign had reached $26,464 (CAD) and the brand had your ideas to incorporate into an all new line. Those who pledged money were able to vote on designs and styles for the new collection. And, of course, different amounts came with different perks.
The top prize, however, was something really special. Vernon, the winner of the pledge, was given the opportunity to become the brand’s latest star and was flown to Garçon Model’s headquarters in Vancouver for a classy, yet sexy underwear photo-shoot session. Garcon Model’s own Patrick and Mehdi felt that “Vernon was a great sport and a natural in front of the camera. His energy and positivity shined through in this beautiful photo shoot. Vernon became a friend and he’s now part of the GM family!”
We had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Vernon and find out how it all went down. Here’s what he had to say!
1. How did you first hear about Garçon Model/When did you pick up your first pair?
I first heard about Garçon Model through www.iamalpham.com. Aaron Marino spoke so highly of the underwear that I just had to try it out.
2. What pushed you to make the Kickstarter pledge?
I am always open to new experiences. Makes life interesting and exciting. The only pledge level that struck a cord was the one involving the photo shoot. Several years ago, I was into bodybuilding and, at the encouragement of friends, I had professional photos taken. The photographer suggested that I consider print work. I joined a couple of “casting” companies in the area, but nothing ever came of it given my busy work schedule. This pledge gave me the opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do.
3. What sets Garçon Model apart from the others?
Love the way it looks on me. It is extremely comfortable and offers great support throughout the day. I am a pretty active guy. Whether it be sweat or spray while on the boat, the fabric holds up really well when moist or wet. Other brands tend to stick and pull.
4. Favorite pair of Garçon Model underwear?
The trunks. I especially like the gray with colored trim. Looks really hot. Haven’t tested the Miami colors yet. May try the pink for something a little different.
5. So… how did the shoot go?
The photo shoot was fun but harder work than I expected. I guess that could be due in part to my inexperience. I felt really awkward and stiff in the beginning. A drink or two probably would have helped. The guys were great. They were very patient and talked me through it all. The joking around helped a lot. As the shoot progressed, it got easier. Would love to do it again, but definitely won’t quit my day job.
Photo Credit: Garcon Model
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