As a self-proclaimed t-shirt enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for new brands to feed my craving. Somewhere along the way, I happened to stumble upon Filthy Animal Apparel, a brand new t-shirt company based out of Reno, Nevada.
Headed by Laura Cooper, the brand’s unique, instagram-worthy designs are sure to catch your eye.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Laura about herself, her brand, and the future. Her passion and strong will were nearly tangible, even through the computer screen, as she told her story.
Her brand focuses on breaking down the expectations of what the fashion industry should be. She never excludes a body type and works to create a real connection with her customers.
Laura Cooper is the very definition of a #GIRLBOSS.
FA was officially launched on June 31, 2016. The idea hit me probably around January or Februrary of 2016. Really what inspired me most in starting FA was that I just new something needed to change. I was working 5 part-time jobs, struggling to make ends meet, and none of those jobs were really in line with what I truly wanted to do in life. I’ve always wanted to be an actress and model, and to have a strong presence in the fashion world. I had been with a local talent agency for a while, and seeing how small Reno is, I rarely got any work. I knew what my dream was, and I knew something needed to change if it was ever going to come true. So I said, “Screw it!” I’m going to be my own model, for my own company, modeling products that I love and truly believe in. Products that I design myself, and actually wear myself. My tomboy self and I have had a t-shirt obsession since I can remember, and after messing around and creating a couple shirts as gifts for my boyfriend, I realized that I might actually be able to do something bigger. So I just did it.
“Whatever it is, just do it because it’s fun.”