Jeremy Roberts is an entrepreneur and designer in Portland. 

I'm from Brazoria, Texas - a small town an hour south of Houston. I grew up playing sports, and I'm very close with my family. At the same time, I knew I wanted to leave - so I joined the Coast Guard when I was 17 and was stationed first in Bayonne, then Petaluma. At this point I started paying closer attention to tailored clothing and design. After spending time in San Francisco throwing parties, I moved to NYC and enrolled in FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) then Parsons. I studied strategic design and management, and also started apprenticing in tailor shops. A little while later I met Mihal, my wife now, who also circled in the fashion industry - as a writer. We lived together in NYC for a few years and knew, pretty soon into it, that we wanted to have a baby. We even decided on the name: Elle if it was a girl, El if it was a boy. We eventually moved to Oregon where she's from, got married, and soon after had a baby boy - El Shane Roberts. 2 months after he was born I quit my 9-5 to start Roberts an American-made luxury suiting brand. I'm the CEO and design director, Mihal is the co-founder and CCO. Up until now I've been a stay at home dad during the day - and Mihal works at Intel - and we both do work for Roberts in the evening (I go well into the night). El is awesome. He flaps his arms when he runs, he blows kisses, and starts baby school in April. 

Every father has his story.  This is a small glimpse into Jeremy's.

1.  Sometimes, the connection to fatherhood is not immediate. Was it for you?  And if not, was there a moment that you really felt, "Woah. I'm a dad."

The connection did feel immediate, but there have definitely been moments on top of that of "Woah, I'm a dad." Like when Mihal went back to work after a 7-month maternity leave and it was just El and me all day every day. Or like last night when Mihal wrote El's name on his water bottle and smoothie squeezer for daycare.  

2.  What has been easier than you thought it would be?  How about harder?

Relating to him has definitely been easier than I thought it would be. Especially as he gets older. He never felt foreign or unknown. We're buddies - and we always have been, even when he was a ball of pudge. I didn't expect the hard part to be around educating him. Am I doing enough? Am I doing it right? I'm always aware of trying to make something a teaching moment, even if it means reading the same book 25 times in a row. 

3.  What kids book would you read a million times out loud in a row?  What book are you actually have to read a million times out loud in a row?

I would read Taye Diggs’ ‘Mixed Me’ a million times. The book I’ve actually read a million times is ‘The Tushy Book’ by Fran Manushkin.

4.  What traditions are you excited to carry on with your son?


5.  Being a dad makes me feel _____________________.  

like life has purpose. 

Thank you for letting us feature you, Jeremy!  Please check out his new venture Roberts. Unsolicited Tosan tip: Every man should have a well-fitting suit.  Trust us.

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