"FASHION HAS THE POWER TO CREATE CHANGE" "Ever since my first fashion job I realized just how accurate this statement is. Fashion is about evolution, about change. It's taking an idea and springing it around in every which way. The job of a fashion designer is not just to design but to adapt.
I'm inspired by the culture of street style, I think it's one of my favorite aspects of our industry, I'm also very influenced by music, from classic to Indie. There is always music blasting in the studio. In recent years, I have become more passionate about the idea of sustainability within fashion both in practices and materials. As designers we have a responsibility to be conscious, and responsible with the garments we make and how we make them. Finding sustainable alternatives to materials that we’ve been using for years. It all circles back to adaptability. Its key."
- Gamalier Calderon; Creative Director
Creative Director; Gamalier Calderon created the House of Gam in 2014 after graduating High school. On his first year of college he interned for Tampa Stylist Tamy Lugo of VStylist.
The House of Gam originally was a fashion blog, designed to cover the unsung and unknown local fashion designers. The House of Gam offered a platform for designers and retailers that showcased their products to more mainstream consumers as our main reader was people looking to know more about fashion. The House of Gam covered major Tampa Fashion events such as Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Cocktails and Couture and The Eye on Fashion.
At the end of the year we gathered all the designers and retailers showcased on the blog and produce a major fashion show to celebrate their work. Each show was produced, directed and marketed by Gamalier and his small, and dedicated team. In an effort to go the extra mile, the shows had a philanthropic mission. Each show would donate a portion of the proceeds, or offer in kind donations to a local or national charity. Some of the charities the House of Gam supported include: Metropolitan Ministries, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and St. Jude Children's Hospital. Gamalier's career continued as he worked as a stylist for Photographer Leandro Gongora working on various model test shoots, and ad campaigns for Tampa based jewelry brand Carats & Cents. On June 2018, Gamalier was appointed Style Editor for Los Angeles based Fashion Magazine; LaPalme Magazine. LaPalme provided the opportunity to work with national and international brands such as Neiman Marcus, Libertine, Custo Barcelona, Alexander McQueen etc. Occasionally, the opportunity would come along for Gamalier to work on his other passion; theater, specifically costume design of various local productions.
In 2021, Gamalier was hired as wardrobe supervisor at the Williamstown Theater Festival, bringing him back to the world of theater which was his first introduction to the storytelling powers of clothing. At the festival he managed the wardrobe for four productions included Border of Lights, and Michael Arden's Alien / Nation.
It was during the festival he was able to witness the high level of waste within the theater community, the environmental toll that theater takes. Now, he is on a mission to create a much more environmentally conscientious design as he continues his work in theater
Currently, Gamalier resides in New York City where he continues to work on theater and fashion projects.