Why CSM is different to other fashion schools and what makes it so special?
It might be mainly because of Louise. She has a great eye for what you are and what you are capable of and she won’t t rest until you get to that point. She knows even before you know what you’re good at and she makes you work really hard to get there. She has an amazing knowledge, has been doing it for years, so in tune with what’s happening in the industry. Most of the times when you are a young designer, you’re very confused, you love Balenciaga but you also love Lanvin, and you can’t really focus. She makes you sit down and look at everything, and then you finally understand what you respond to. That’s what happened to us during the MA.
What was your favourite bit of the course?
When you’re on the first year, it’s very amusing to watch Louise. She’s not picking on you so it’s really funny. You just stare at her and you think how crazy, how amazing, smart and how hilarious a person can be. Once it’s getting on your side that’s not as funny anymore but you can still appreciate it. Also the end of the course, the show and the sense that you’ve made it are really nice.
When it comes to the world outside CSM, what’s the hardest part of setting up your own brand?
The hard part is learning on the go because you do so many things you never thought you would do… You spend only about 10% of time designing and the rest of the time dealing with things you didn’t even know existed. The whole business side of things… It’s also getting harder as things are growing. You think it would get more stable but it’s actually getting even crazier. We are lucky because we got to the Fashion East straight after the MA. We had their support, and had their help on the business side.
How was it working with Fashion East?
The whole Fashion East Experience was really really good. Even the show was a totally positive experience, not stressful at all. Maybe because compared to the MA nothing is as stressful. Being able to do that show was amazing, especially once you come out after the MA which is so intense and so serious.