At the moment I am in between Paris, New York, and Los Angeles.
How did you end up as a designer?
Well, it’s a long story; I was studying industrial design when I got asked to be a model for a friend’s jury in the fashion section of the school, and from that point I fell in love with the techniques and the puzzle construction (of fashion). I started as an intern at Jean Paul Gaultier and then worked for Paul Smith for 2 years. I ran my own line/business for 3 years thereafter and also spent a year at Maison Martin Margiela. I have since been working as a freelance designer.
What is it about fashion design that fulfills you and compels you to continue?
Well, there is no other feeling than to see your idea come to life, but the process of creation and innovation is what keeps me going.
What does your design process entail - what do you draw on to find inspiration and how does that then manifest as a specific drawing, a pattern, a fabric or cut choice, and ultimately a piece of clothing?
It always comes from a feeling, maybe I saw a texture, a shape, a memory of something or a situation I have been in. Then comes the first sketch, and the situation, the garment or the collection that it inspires. From that point, the different steps and possibilities in terms of construction ensue. For one of our shows during my time doing SADWALLI (his own line), I built a light-set to sync with the background music, serving as entrance ambience to the venue. It was inspired by a Japanese video game from way back when I had seen where the light grew through timed cadences - it was called Zone of the Enders.
Who and what are your influences - inside of fashion or out?
I love and look up to a lot of designers in fashion and in architecture, but I wouldn’t say I have a directly specific influence. What influences me the most is history and views into the future.
Is there a theme or recurring idea that runs throughout your concepts and designs? How would you describe your aesthetic?
The idea is connivance and what you feel wearing one of my designs. Recently I had a friend of mine that never wore a shirt till one of the shirts that I made under SADWALLI.
About my aesthetic I could say it is more of a grounded futuristic silhouette that borrows a lot from traditional tailoring.
We are all evolving as people; as a person evolves so too does his art.
At the moment I’m going through a peace/frustration stage where all of my frustrations go into pieces that treat mental breakdown and the post breaking-down moment.