MEET JUAN DE LASCURAIN
Juan de Lascurain
is a designer - entrepeneur with several brands.
A former collegiate tennis player in the US and triathlete who competed in the 1999 Hawaii Ironman in Kona. In 2004 the owner of a non-profit tv network offered him free air-time to do a show to inspire young people. That show went on to air in over 23 Spanish speaking countries.
In 2008 while doodling on a napkin, a lady saw him and told him he needed to paint. He started playing around with acrylic on canvas, then painted his jeans and eventually started doing commercial designs.
In 2011 he had $200 left in his pocket and moved to Mexico City. Because of lack of money he decided to stay at a youth hostel downtown Mexico City paying $5 a night.
He printed ten notebooks with his designs and and decided to start selling them at a local Starbucks. Talking to whoever sat next to him!
After a few months the manager agreed to let him sell the notebooks in the counter and put his paintings on the wall. That became his first retail spot, gallery and office.
He is the first Latin American artist to have his work displayed on the tallest building in the world - ¨Burj Khalifa¨ in Dubai.
His brand Dream Big is licensed in over 10 countries and has collaborations with name brands like Kleenex, Kotex and many others.