People Tree

People Tree collaborates to create innovative Fair Trade fashion and to inspire the change in the fashion industry. This fashion brand sells clothes for men and women that are good for people and planet. But what does it mean? They sell gorgeous clothing and accesories handmade by artisans around the world in organic cotton and and sustainables materials, using traditional skills that support rural communities, unique garments which are made with respect for people and the planet.

 

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Safia Minney, the founder  and CEO of People tree has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the Edge Upstart Awards in Britain and its company, People Tree has been awarded for: social business with Best Ethical Brand at the Global Fashion Awards in New York and Best Organic Textile Product at the Natural and Organic Products Europe Awards, the Community Award at the annual Asian Business Awards, and in recognition of her work with Asian Producer Communities. Safia has been awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum’s Schwarb Foundation and an MBE for her work in Fair Trade and the fashion industry, she’s doing great things with the company.

Safia Minney, the founder  and CEO of People tree

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People Tree partner with  famous designers like Peter Jensen, Orla Kiely, Zandra Rhodes and artisans to make Fair Trade clothing fashionable, and give back to make the communities stronger, improving the lives and the enviroment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries. They really make the difference, following the principles of Fair trade in every aspect of their business.

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I wear one of its designs during Lisbon Fashion Week. I felt really Chic!

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You can check it here:   http://www.peopletree.co.uk/  and take a look to this fashionable and lovely designs. https://www.facebook.com/PeopleTreeUK

Zuzana Kralova Fashion Interview

KRALOVA_Design is the brand of the Czech designer Zuzana Kralova. Kralova is committed to innovation and differentiation, with collections designed to the catwalk,  and a clear inspiration in the art world, but also with garments that can be used for day to day wearing. Clothes that leverage cuts, concepts and solutions developed for prototypes, although adapted to a different use being the result of a thorough study of the body. And i can confirm that her designs fit very well to the bodies , because i have the privilege of wearing one of her creations to attend the last Lisbon Fashion Week.

The brand’s mission is to satisfy the need for exprression through the garment.

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-How do you remember your start in the fashion world?
My grad mother was a dressmaker, so I grew up playing with patterns and garments, quite soon, at 15, i decided to follow my studies in Art and Fashion.
– How do you get the inspiration?
Everywhere, art, the streets, my own world..
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– What differentiates Kralova’s design proposals from other fashion designers that we can find in the market?
Well, I have being raised in Central Europe but I lived mainly in Spain, I think that influences my vision blending uniquely the form and the color, I do not follow trends which means that is highly unlikely that you see my designs concepts somewhere else, everything I do just follow my instinct
-You have shown your collections on Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week. How was the experience?
It was fantastic, hard work but pays off, an opportunity to show your designs to a high level audience and raise your own standards
– You were finalist at Brilliance Talent Award, finalist to the National Design Award in the Czech Republic, and in 2013 you got the
Special Price in contest of Young Designers in Madrid .What does it mean for you?
I have mixed feelings about contests, winning or being finalist helps your career, you get exposure, improves your CV as designer, but at the same time it is a distraction on your way
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 -Do you have any muse?
As a person not really, if you talk about designers, definitely Balenciaga, Margiella or Alexander Wang right now,
– If  you have to describe the current situation of the Fashion World in your country with a dress . how would you do it?
Nice and smart question, talking about the Czech Republic it will be a gown, because Chequia is forgeting the rigidness of the past, and gowns are quite ethereal, and talking about Spain it will be a skort , skirt and short together, which shows the blurring frontiers of the masculine/feminine concepts, being also a funny garment adequate for leaving away an economic recession
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-What can we expect in your upcoming collection?
Last collection was Bohemicca, men’s collection for spring/summer 2014 inspired by my native Bohemia, where constructivists forms are the space to natural and rustic fabrics to contrast with the color and texture of the Mediterranean, next collection will be autum/winter for both men and women around a topic that I have been working on for some time.
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– Where can we buy your clothes?
On line at www.kralovadesign.com and in quite a number of marketplaces in internet, in physical stores in Prague like Gallery Novesta, Czech Labels, Hardecore or LOAT in Madrid, others are coming soon.
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-And finally a dream to be done.
Share my work with a never ending growing number of people

Roberto Verino’s Interview

 Manuel Roberto Fernández Mariño, this Galician better known as Roberto Verino, is one of the  most  prestigious spanish designers with international impact . He has over 30 years delighting us with his ​​fashion designs for men and women, supplementing with his lines of accessories, eyewear, perfumes, ceramics and tableware.

Besides fashion, he has other passions, among which  is the wine. The fashion designer  produces Terra do Gargalo a wine with Monterrey certificate of origin (Galicia) ,which has started selling in the United States.

Great Catwalks, participations in prestigious salons in Paris, Milan or Monte Carlo. Among many other awards include, ” Aguja de Oro” for best creator of the season,  awards “T” Telva, “Gold Medal for Fine Arts” best collection Cibeles catwalk or Man of the Year, awarded both for his work as designer and entrepreneur.

We are going to know more about the fascinating career of this Galician Fashion Designer who has conquered the fashion world.

– What were your beginnings in the world of fashion?

I was studying in Paris what I thought my true calling, painting, as a happy accident, fashion appeared in my life. At that time, it was very common for us (art students) to won some francs  drawing for  houses of  Prêt-a-porter … What began as a small side adventure ended becoming my true profession. With everything I learned in Paris,  I returned to Verin, and with the help of my family, I transformed a small business of my parents in a true Spanish fashion Brand.

– Why Verino?

There was a long tradition in the  Middle of the Ages of the  craftsmen which consist in put as a  surname the place or school from which they came .. I though that it  perfectly suited to the traditions of the Camino de Santiago, which was a nice custom that was in my hands  to raise, so that in the middle ages would have to be Robert de Verin or Robert the Verin, now would be Roberto Verino ..

 – How is the man and the woman of  Roberto Verino?

I like to think that they are women and men of our time. Qualified professionals who dress because they know that their profession requires them to be dressed in the right way, but modern. I try to share with them a set of values ​​in which I believe strongly, such as the quality, sustainability and concern for fashion without falling into their victimhood or extravagance.

– Galicia …  Does it inspire you? How do you encourage your creativity?

The inspiration for the designers is overall long time ago … The inspiration is in China today and tomorrow in Mexico, in the twenties today and tomorrow in the sixties .. The influence of my country about my work is more subtle, is in a certain personality, in knowing that, even above the “fashion notes” is the style of the designer. Although it seems magic, it works. My clothes regardless of the season which they correspond, it has always an unmistakable way, that a good expert or even a good hobbyist,  found it when you see it on the street. That’s a “Roberto Verino” … it’s what is  showing that there is my style.

In 1982 you created your first collection of  female Pretà-Porter. What prompted you to launch a menswear collection?

In the current development of the fashion business, the creation and maintenance of a brand requires an enormous intellectual and economical effort, therefore, to keep almost all the designers in the world are diversifying their product. Unless you are not interested, or feel unable, who start designing  men  clothes, end up making woman fashion and who becomes  making woman, ends up making men fashion . The only condition of the extension of the product is that each and every one of their lines are consistent with the philosophy of the Brand.

 – In 1982 he creates his first collection Pret-à-Porter female. What prompted you to launch a menswear collection?

In the current development of the fashion business, the creation and maintenance of a brand requires an enormous intellectual and economical effort, therefore, to keep almost all the designers in the world are diversifying their product. Unless you are not interested, or feel unable, who start designing  men  clothes, end up making woman fashion and who becomes  making woman, ends up making men fashion . The only condition of the extension of the product is that each and every one of their lines are consistent with the philosophy of the Brand.

– What materials do you usually use in your collections?

I started to be a champion, almost propagandistic  of the linen, not only because during the early eighties was very fashionable, or because I felt compelled romantically with a fiber  linked since ancient to Galicia, but because their difference clearly marked “distance” to the  taut’s fabrics  that preceded the time of ” softness”. But fashion can not lock you into a single color, in one shape or fabric, fashion changes “external” and “internal” in a relentless way, if you do not adapt, the international concert leaves you offside.

– For several years you have combined your work as a designer with the world of viticulture. How did your approach to the world of wine? What is the occupation which one you enjoy more with the creation of fashion or the world of wine?


In the first time, the  wine adventure was also almost an adventure, a game, I might almost say exaggerating a bit, which was the amusement that separated me from the golf … but slowly the game caught me and force me to take it every time more seriously. Although they seem completely separate worlds, both are pronounced the same words: work, rigor, seriousness, and above all passion for  the quality to be really different, a key condition to ascend to your place in a very competitive world … 

– The Xunta de Galicia awarded  you with the Castelao Medal, the highest cultural distinction of Galicia. What does this recognition mean to you?

It was a huge illusion, not only because all the prizes, and especially if they are very prestigious, as is the case, praise my vanity or objectively recognize the efforts of an entire team, but because the reward of  a fashion designer,they were recognizing our commitment to other ways of understanding culture. A full award of names of writers, artists, and entrepreneurs “serious” … to recognize a fashion designer,  transcends the  just joy of the person who receives it. Feel precisely that they are recognizing his entire profession.

– The young line has its own design department where young designers work . Why have you decided to bet for the Young talents?

It is the only way not to “grow old” … Even if you’re constantly traveling, and of course all aware of what is happening in your world, young blood is able to see things that you do not see or see things differently. Refusing to accept that evidence is to accelerate your isolation.

-In 1998 found with Jesus del Pozo, Antonio Pernas, Angel Schlesser and Modesto Lomba the association of Creators of Fashion  in Spain. Whence arises the idea of ​​the association?

Our friend Enrique Loewe had invited us to spend a few days in Granada enjoying the international festival of Music and Dance of that city with the aim of  meeting us to talk in a place relaxed of our interests, our ambitions and our problems … There arose the idea to partner as a way of asserting publicly our professional interests. I, who had already founded more than a professional association of fashion designers, I thought this last would be the definitive, and of moment seems that we have not wrong …

 – How is the current situation of  the Spanish fashion?

We live in a time of a massive contraction in demand, a phenomenon that in one way or another affects everyone, but it is neither the first time nor the last that lean cycle happen a cycle of plenty. My strategy is to study thoroughly that things can be done better with less resources. The slogan is to stand the test of downpour, then the wind has stopped us is the same as us forward … “sailor tricks”.

 – What can you tell us about your collection for Spring-Summer 2013?

It is a collection full of color, full of life, full of an invitation to pleasure, precisely because as the old saying goes Castilian, a brave face. It is a personal decision, the commitment to the international fashion trend, probably because he thinks are past the worst of the crisis, and like a magic trick, the “effects” have to produce the “causes”. I hope this pleasure of living help revive demand …

 – Where can we buy your clothes?

In more than one hundred shops located on the best streets in the best cities, not to mention all the boutiques themselves in all places of “El Corte Ingles”.

 – A dream to fulfill.

Out of this international financial impasse in which we find ourselves and get  an international distribution proportional to what we have already achieved in Spain. I would like to retire  me with 50 stores in the best streets of the best cities in the world. That is my dream.

 

 Thanks to Roberto Verino for giving me a few minutes of his time and granting me this interview. Today I leave you,  not before saying that the Galician fashion across local and international borders.

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