What is your design process like? How do you start?
We start with materials, they are really important to me. So I spend a lot of time researching fabrics, prints, knits, stitches, whatever. We spend a lot of time with that. That works its way through color. Silhouette is always in the back of my mind.
You make your own prints. How did that come about? Is that something you did from the very beginning?
That's something I've been doing from the second or third season. Something I always wanted to do for sure. Since childhood I've always really been interested in textiles. I've always been wanting to do it and it took me a while to find the right resources.
Do you make prints with particular pieces in mind or do you make the print first and then figure out what you want to use it in--what dress or what piece?
The better I get at it, the more I think about the silhouettes before the prints, but I'd say sometimes there's just something I want to try. Since it's just me with my business and nobody there to edit me, I often just let it happen.
How do you design prints? How does it work?
It could be anything. It could be starting with a drawing or a cutout or anything, a found scrap, anything. We did one print that had all signatures of old friends and store owners. We went around and collected those. Sometimes I find other prints and archived ones and then I draw over them.
Another thing I guess you are known for and that is mentioned again and again is your attention to detail. Is that something you're cognizant of or does it just come naturally?
Well, I like when things have a little surprise to them or one more added consideration. I respond to that when I see things in the market--of any kind of thing--that it just seems intelligently considered. It's meaningful to me considering how much product there is out there in general of all kinds.
Maybe I'm just seeing things, but I think I see sculpture in your work. In particular in the simpler solid pieces that have extra bits of fabric, extra folds and things. Do you find yourself using what you've learned in sculpture in your clothing?
Well, I don't do a ton of draping and things like that which people always equate to sculpture. I do it a bit, but for me I think it's the materials aspect of it that most relates to sculpture. So much of sculpture, to me, is about the materials and how they're used. So I think that, in that relationship, yeah. Especially with the shoes which have been such a big deal and growing all the time, finding new ways to work with them.