Contestant #9: Tricia Hoke

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Meet Tricia. She likes big Rottie dogs, polkadots and Dr. Suess. What will she send down the runway during the Tamarac Square Fashion Project? Come find out at the kick-off on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

Name: Tricia Hoke

Company name: Potential Fashions Years designing: 7, but I've always made clothes for myself and my friends growing up.

Bio: Tricia Hoke learned how to sew at age five and would "revamp" her paper dolls' wardrobes and create spring and fall collections for them. Tricia went to Emily Griffith Opportunity School and completed the Professional Sewing Program. She also worked at Buffalo Exchange, which gave her experience in fashion-show production and retail.


During that time Tricia also started a knit wear company called Numbskull Knits, which was unsuccessful but taught her valuable lessons about how to do business.

Around 2005, a friend and co-worker at Buffalo Exchange became her business partner in Potential Fashions, a recycled-clothing line. They sell their products online, at fashion markets, wholesale and consignment at many local clothing boutiques.

Denver celebrity you'd most like to design for? I like designing for the masses better than custom.

What inspires you? (No fair saying everything; be specific.)

I have really enjoyed using Google image search ... you never know what you'll come across.

Favorite Denver eatery? Devil's Food Bakery on Gaylord

Favorite local boutique? Sunneshine always has great things.

Favorite fabric? I have a few favorites ... but I can never cut into them ... it's weird.

Favorite way to finish seams? Bias tape or serge

Prints or solids? Put them together.

Dogs or cats?

Oh ... dogs. Big Rottie dogs.

Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista? Kate Moss has a cuter nose!

Favorite guilty pleasure? Margaritas with the girls ... (okay, with anybody.)

Last book you read? The Old Man and the Sea ... no, wait, Dr. Suess' Sleep Book.

Red chili or green chile? Red with hot sauce on top!

New York or L.A.? San Francisco.

Chloe Dao or Jeffrey Sebelia? I don't have cable... ?

Loose or tailored? Like tailored, but love loose.

Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie Brown? Kennedy had those great suits.

Town or country? Denver is both ... that's why I love it.

Silk charmeuse or silk shantung? Charmeuse.

Couture or ready-to-wear? Can't have one with out the other.

Curvy or androgynous? Doesn't matter ... most are in between.

Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan? Ugh.

Michael Kors or Zac Posen? Zac ... I like fresh blood.

Jeans or slacks? Nothing beats a designer pair of jeans!

Bill Ritter or John Hickenlooper? Hickenlooper!

Escalade or Prius? Hybrid.

Vogue or W? And Elle, Lucky, Juxtapose ... I could go on.

Favorite current couture designer? Too many to really count.

Favorite past couture designer? CoCo Chanel ... luv her!

Sleek or volume? Hipster shag.

Form or function? When both are combined.

Favorite place to travel for inspiration? The bottom of my closet.

Favorite place to travel for fabric? I would love to ... thanks.

Polkadots or camouflage? Polkadots, but that was a very difficult decision.

Pretty or edgy? Edgy is more interesting.

Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn? Tim Gunn is nicer.

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