1. His collection was sparked by a chance encounter with a little boy during a holiday in the Dominican Republic.
“I went to the Dominican Republic, and I travelled a lot to find some inspiration. My collection was based on some children who were on the streets, and one boy in particular stood out. I saw him on the street, and what he was wearing caught my eye, so I took a picture. I think he didn’t have enough clothes, so he wore two sweaters. One to cover up his upper body and the other he used as his pants; this was a key thing that I translated into my collection. He was really interesting, so I went up to him and spoke to him. I told him about my project and he was very enthusiastic. He’s really poor, and living in a favela. He is one of seven children — I met four of them, his mother and grandmother. He doesn’t have the money to school, so he works a bit on the street. He collects bottles and broken glass for recycling. I’m going to bring my collection back to Dominican Republic to show it to him. I’ve made a connection with him.”