About BLKLN Founder Jim Duran
Designer Jim Duran is the founder and creative director of Dallas-based BLKLN, a fashion-forward line of contemporary menswear. Perpetually inspired by music, art, and the male form, Duran's ambition is to broaden the perspective of the modern man's silhouette. Driven by his appreciation for fashion design, BLKLN is Duran's distinctive, modern collection, comprised of tailored shirts, trousers, tees, and other essential men's wardrobe staples.
blk-tee is a project Duran conceptualized and launched in the Fall of 2014 as a collection of lifestyle inspired tee's for the fashionably minded. Featuring idioms and mantras Duran himself lives by, this collection takes a downtown approach to fashion which he hopes to evolve into a full contemporary street-wear line.
Collective x blk-tee is a cooperative project between Duran and distinctive artists and their respective mediums. Collective is an ongoing curation of work from creatives that has been assembled to support emerging artists and showcase their talents. The project will feature clothing, accesorries and artwork that embody the blk-tee aesthetic philosophy.
Jim Duran is a fashion entrepreneur. His experience in the industry encompasses public relations, styling, writing, and design. He has worked with numerous high-profile names including Jean Paul Gaultier, Fern Mallis, L’Wren Scott, Joe Zee, and famed Sex And The City costume designer Patricia Field. From producing runway shows at New York Fashion Week to profiling trendsetters in print publications, Jim is continually seeking out new and exciting opportunities in the fashion industry. Most recently, Duran served as the managing editor for Dallas- based fashion news website Fashion Scoop. Through this experience Jim was Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) certified allowing him to cultivate relationships with new and emerging designers.
Tor is a published stylist and creative. Raised in the Philippines, she honed her craft in New York. She has a fashion degree from Parsons, and has worked in visuals and styling for some of the most established names - Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus and The Camuto Group to name a few. A shoe girl by heart, she is currently represented by Independent Artists and is absolutely obsessed with instagram.