Mr. David Heil realized at an early age that fashion was in his blood. Clothing, the way it looked, felt and worked was always very important to him.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology, David pursued two different sales positions, but soon realized that he wouldn’t be successful unless he had true passion for his product. So when the opportunity presented itself to purchase an existing custom men’s clothing business, Mr. Heil recognized that he had found a path that made sense. Mr. Heil was a founding partner of David Rickey & Company in 1988. The company grew into one of the largest suppliers of custom men’s wardrobes in the country.
During that time, Mr. Heil continued his immersion in men’s fashion. He continues to make several buying trips to Europe annually to insure that his clients stay on the cutting edge of fabric and design.
In 2003, seeking greater freedom and creativity, Mr. Heil launched his new brand, David August. (August is a family name and honors both his father and grandfather.) Mr. Heil’s highly personalized, over-the-top attention to detail and meticulous wardrobing standards have become mandatory for power players from coast to coast. His job is to make sure that David August clients are properly attired whether they’re walking into the boardroom, onto a private yacht or down the Red Carpet. “We really get to know that individual and the way he lives his life first. We’re not trying to squeeze every client into a one-size-fits-all lifestyle.”
That philosophy can best be illustrated by his diverse range of clients such as Frank McCourt of the Los Angeles Dodgers, actors Terrence Howard and Will Smith, Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Williams C. Powers of PIMCO, Pete Carroll, coach of the USC Trojans, Motivational Guru, Tony Robbins, the Trump family and last but not least two former Presidents of the United States.
Along the way, Mr. Heil has become very active in philanthropic causes which include Aspen Art Museum, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Help USA, The Harvesters, Athlete’s First and Mi Ocean/Orange County chapter and most recently joined the Board of Directors of Miracles for Kids.
Mr. Heil lives in Laguna Beach with his wife Lisa and has four children. He is an avid skier and snowboarder; he loves to travel and pursue adventure sports when his time allows.