Peter was born in Rhode Island and grew up in Newport until finishing his primary education in Tennessee, New Jersey, and California. As a young man his creative outlet was through acting, leather-working, constructing wooden boxes, cartoon drawing, and occasionally building a birdhouse.
He is educated through a series of Communications and Liberal Arts programs at California State University, Community College of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts. He then worked and studied for 15 years as an apprentice to couture fashion designer Francesco Di Russo (aka: ches couturier), then 3 years as an apprentice and cutter for a wholesale and retail manufacturer of custom apparel. He has been employed in the design industry since 1985.