How are you feeling about your first capsule collection and how long has this all been in the making?
The idea for the collection came when I was back at Acne, so probably around 2015. That is when I really started considering it as my next step. I just kept having these ideas in my head of things I wanted to experiment with. Things were changing at Acne and I had learnt so much from the team there, I felt like it was the right time to just go for it. But it has been something that has been in the back of my head for a while, being able to create my own work.
What was the main thing you learnt at Acne? Would you recommend working for a company first to other budding designers?
I left the MA with a really open mind because you just can’t predict what might be your journey afterwards. For me I knew I needed just a little bit more time to develop. I learnt so much at Acne in terms of understanding how you can start with the most outlandish and personal research, and turn those ideas into something that really works as a garment. I learnt a much more refined and simple design aesthetic and started to understand how I could use my ideas in a more modern way. There is absolutely no downside to learning that.
You got a lot of press for your MA collection. Did you ever want to step away from those ideas and that way of working?
I think at that time in my life in regards to my BA and MA what I was creating must have been true to me. Of course, you always look back and think, oh, I could have done some things differently, but as a designer you have to always have conviction in your work and final outcomes. My graduate collections, although different, had similarities when it came to my way of working and fabrications, so this must be my way!