Twin Cities designer to compete on Project Runway

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Tim Navarro, who with his twin brother designs for the Minneapolis-based TIM + THOM clothing label, is one of 18 contestants on the new season of "Project Runway," which premieres July 24.

Navarro, 32, is the sixth Twin Cities designer to compete on the show, according to the Star Tribune.

Navarro specializes in menswear, and is known locally for his fine tailoring and versatile pieces such as bike-to-work wear, the St. Paul Pioneer Press notes.

Navarro and his brother Thom Navarro were co-owners of the recently closed "You and Me" boutique in Uptown. The two of them have joined with other event producers, designers and artists to start a production company called the Cult Collective, which will produce events that combine fashion, music, film and food.

The Navarros produced a runway event, the Blackhearts Ball, in February, which was reviewed in Lavender magazine.

Navarro said on the Project Runway website that he and his brothers are self-taught.

"You could say my mom taught me to sew too. My twin brother and I would have to alter our own clothes by hand if we didn’t like the hand-me-downs we received from our brothers and sister."

Navarro will be the sixth Twin Cities area designer to compete on "Project Runway." The first was Katherine Gerdes, followed by Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman (now based in New York), Christopher Straub, Danielle Everine and Raul Osorio.

No Twin Cities designer has ever won the competition, but Navarro said in his online profile that he's confident about his chances.

"I feel that my background in tailoring lends itself to my success with in the show. I just have to allow my creativity to take control. The rest is just muscle memory."

"Project Runway" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the Lifetime cable TV channel.

Two videos profiling Navarro are posted on the program's website, along with his profile and a family photo album.

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