After graduating cosmetology school in Pennsylvania, Derek moved to Charlotte, NC and has been a hairstylist for the past 8 years.  He soon found his love for fashion in addition to working behind the chair when he began doing local fashion shows that led to his debut at New York Fashion Week.   

     In addition to being a jack of all trades behind the chair, specializing in men and women's cuts and colors, Derek is also the creative director of an international Hair / Makeup Agency, Thirteen Spades Productions, which books teams of artists, models, photographers, and designers for runway shows, photoshoots, and film.  He has worked and directed teams for 7 seasons, including New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Charlotteseen Fashion Week, and his work has been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmpolitan, as well as many other publications..   


His list of fashion and editorial work includes:

-Vogue
-Cosmopolitan
-Fashion Week Online
-Harper's Bazaar Espana
-Elle Italia
-Elle Hong Kong
-The Impressions
-Beauty Launchpad Magazine
-Bangstyle Magazine
-FashionManiac
-CNN
-The Jakarta Post
-Elysian Magazine
-Bonheur Magazine
-Charlotte Girl Magazine
-Surreal Beauty Magazine
-NBC Out
-NEXT Magazine

-New York Fashion Week
-Paris Fashion Week
-Redken
-Nyx Cosmetics
-Vichy
-Pink Pewter
-Wardah Beauty


-2 Madison Avenue
-Dianle Pelangi
-Itangyunaz
-Alleira
-Xuly Bet
-Mimi Prober
-Hogan Mclaughlin
-Nina Tiari 
-Justin LeBlanc ( Project Runway )
-Irina Shabayeva ( Project Runway )
-Stevie Boi
-Alyssa Edwards ( Rupaul's Drag Race )
-Laganja Estranja ( Rupaul's Drag Race )
-Trinity K Bonet ( Rupaul's Drag Race )
-Acid Betty ( Rupaul's Drag Race )
-Elias Gurrola (NYFWM17)
 Cameron Smith (NYFWM17)
-Charlotteseen
-3blackbirdmanagement
-Embacy Modeling
-Tiffany Rae
-Enemytofashion
-Tygerian Lace
-Aubrey Busek
-Priya Saluja
-Emuleos
-Minhn Le
-Porsche Designs
-Vinie Tadeo
-Tony Howard
-Terrance Henderson
-Tsvety McAuliffe
-Joseph Mcrae
-Rinat Brodach

And many more...