By Danielle Directo-Meston / Portrait by Sara Norris
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Marcelin Saturne decided to aim high.
"I was happy, I had a good job, but I felt that there was more to life," he says.
Following his heart's orders, Saturne sold everything he owned and moved from New Jersey to San Diego to pursue his passion for fashion. After landing a string of jobs to make ends meet, he managed to launch Saturne Collection, a local label that crafts limited-run menswear with what he describes as an "urban executive" vibe. Think one-of-a-kind shirts accented with kaleidoscopic prints - all made in the U.S. by military vets.
"Some I sold, some I gave away to test the public's reaction," he says. "I would continuously get asked, 'Hey, where did you get that shirt?'"
As demand grew, Saturne struggled to keep up. He found help in his current business partner, Navy vet Carlos Flores, who had previously given Saturne a job when he needed it most.
"I try to help as many veterans as I can," says Flores, who has supported several other vets in their business ventures.
Now armed with Flores as his CEO and business-plan writer, Saturne has been able to capitalize on the buzz surrounding his brand.
"Since I brought him on the team, life has changed; business has changed," Saturne says. "It's like a dream come true."
Next up: Saturne plans to roll out a line of women's wear this fall. From defending the Stars and Stripes to shooting for the stars, the young entrepreneur appears to be on a path to professional success. saturnecollection.com