Kansas born and New York raised, I was blessed to spend my formative years in one of the most amazing cities for an artistic spirit. I started ”designing” at the age of 5 when my grandmother taught me on her old Singer. In elementary school, I would literally cut up the clothes my mother bought me and create a completely new outfit for me and my doll. A few years later, I was fortunate that my mother decided to move our family to NY, Sugar Hill to be exact. It was in that town that I found where I belonged and who I was to my soul… A creative.
I attended the High School of Fashion Industries, where I thrived academically and personally. I would ride the one train from my Washington Heights home on 157 St every day to 24th in Chelsea. I was fully immersed in the world of fashion. I even worked at “The” Barney’s New York where are first met Oprah, the next time will be when one of my products makes it to her “favorite things list”. I would spend all of my free time creating outfits for myself and my girlfriends in the neighborhood. My first taste of creating baby clothing was when I made African inspired outfits and sold them at festivals in Harlem.
After graduation, I went to college and worked towards a “real career” (not my words) receiving a BS in Counseling and MS in HR and Business. While in college, I made extra money sewing. I made wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, party dresses, you name it I made it.
When I moved to Dallas, I participated in fashion shows and focused on creating custom women’s fashions. It wasn’t until I found that I was losing passion for what I once loved and it was becoming more of a chore. I began creating custom gifts to give at baby showers and this quickly turned into what is now Trubaby. Passion renewed!
Daniel Mofor is the founder of Don Morhpy, a Dallas-based menswear brand that was founded in 2014.
The Cameroonian native searches the world over for bold new fashion trends. He was nominated by Fashion Group International of Dallas as a “Rising Star” and in 2019 the group awarded him the Award of Excellence.
What I Do: “I am the founder and lead designer at Don Morphy, an award-winning, custom menswear brand based in Dallas.”
Style Icon: “My style icon is Tom Ford. He is innovative, a visionary—all the while being classic and unapologetically bold with his designs.”
On The Job: “At Don Morphy, we love colors and bold prints and patterns. So as a designer for Don Morphy, and knowing that I am my brand when I walk out in the streets, I continue to wear bold, eye-catching colors, vibrant patterns, and those statement pieces that are often really great conversation starters via my street style.”
Inspiration: “My travels and my African roots inspire my style. We have a lot of bold patterns and colors in Africa, and I’ve tried to marry those influences into the products we offer with the Don Morphy label.”
Style Defined: “My style is best described as being clean, bold, and colorful. Some men are afraid of prints and colors, but not me; it’s the true foundation of how I get dressed every day.”
Fashion Essentials: “I never leave home without my Sun Shades.”
Go-To Look: “When in thought, I wear blue pants, a white shirt, and any color jacket to pop the look.”
Accessories: “If I am wearing a tie, it will match the color of my pants. I also wear contrasting pocket squares with my pants because it looks better than having the same color.”
Weekend Look: “I absolutely love wearing white V-neck T-shirts on the weekends and in my downtime.”
Ben E Keith with Liza and Justin Collins
Ben E Keith with Liza and Justin Collins – Ben E. Keith
Help build our future restaurant and hospitality workforce
Meet our 2022 Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition Teams
At the heart of Food in Fashion is its showcase of student culinary teams during our Ben E. Keith Culinary Competition.
Most of the North Texas high school teams listed below are in the ProStart program. Supported by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ProStart gives public high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants. While training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction, ProStart students can also earn college credit—and make a little money!
Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in The Manor, the appetizers prepared by these teams may be sampled by Food in Fashion guests as they also bid on silent auction items.
Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in The Manor, the sweet and savory appetizers prepared by these teams may be sampled by Food in Fashion guests as they also bid on silent auction items.
Participating Culinary Teams:
- Cedar Hill High School
- Cedar Hill High School
- Desoto High school
- Jack E. Singley
- Lancaster High School
- Lincoln High School
- Mesquite High School
- Molina High School
- North Forney High School
- Skyline High School
- Skyline High School
- Wilmer Hutchins High School