David Kollar, born in Slovakia, arrived in Canada with his mother and sister at a young age. In the early years, he started to become interested in streetwear by purchasing and selling exclusive products he bought online. Kollar has always had a keen eye for design, and a strict attention to detail.
At the age of 16 he started his own T-shirt line, styling friends and becoming an aesthetic influencer amongst his peers. A small dream turned into his first men’s cut and sew collection; Kollar Clothing in 2011. In 2013, David Kollar made his first trek to the Liberty Fairs in Las Vegas.
If personal taste is one pillar holding open the gateway to Kollar’s fashion empire, the other rock-solid support beam is his heavy passion for the business itself. It was only through selling most of his possessions that he was able to afford to make his initial spring towards success through the Liberty Fairs venture. For the first 3-4 years of running his line, he made no profit.
Kollar has stated that if he is to ever offer advice to wannabe brand owners, it is to make peace with the reality that you will not profit from your endeavors for up to five years in many cases. It is his opinion that if you do it because you love it, you will be able to stick around long enough to turn it into a full-time job.
It is clear that Kollar was born to build a fashion empire all on his own, no training required. Even those who don’t appreciate fashion or keep up with the latest trends will find an admirable role model in David Kollar.