Designing Minds

Giorgia Caovilla
Designer, O Jour by Giorgia Caovilla

Favorite artist: Tim Burton. “I loved the exhibition at MoMA this winter.”

Favorite book: “’900’ by Alessandro Baricco, which was the basis for the movie ‘The Legend of 1900.’”

Favorite quotation: “Non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa.” — Dante’s Divine Comedy. Rough translation: “Don’t pay attention to what others say of you, keep going in your own direction.”

Source of inspiration: “Everyday life.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “Spectator O Jour.“

Kelli McCabe
Designer, Delman

Favorite book:“The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje

Favorite film: “Lawrence of Arabia”

Favorite quotation: “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.” — Arnold Glasgow

Source of inspiration: “Nature”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “I love the metallic printed python sandal Sadie.”

Tiffany Tuttle
Designer, LD Tuttle

Favorite book: “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf

Favorite city: Istanbul. “It reminds me of Los Angeles, both the weather and the landscape, but also the sense one has of all the different influences piled on top of and next to each other.”

Favorite quotation: “We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.” — Marcel Proust

Source of inspiration: Books. “I recently read part (not all!) of ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,’ which was part of the inspiration for the spring collection.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “The sabot/mule with a horsehair mohawk.”

CeCe Chin
Designer, 80%20

Favorite artist: “Alphonse Mucha, from the Art Nouveau period.”

Favorite city: “New York! The concrete jungle that dreams are made of …”

Favorite quotation:  “Descartes said, ‘I think therefore I am.’ I’ll add ‘I chose therefore I can.’”

Source of inspiration: “Viva Magazine, a vintage adult magazine for women. It was published by Penthouse.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11:“Our Feather style. It’s absolutely amazing in a Baja stripe (like the Mexican pullover).”

Simone Springer & Yuji Mizobuchi
Designers, Rosa Mosa

Simone’s now reading: “Unbeaten Tracks in Japan” by Isabella Bird

Yuji’s now reading:
“Japanese magazines for vintage clothes.”

Favorite city: Pecs, Hungary

Favorite quotation: “Only who swims against the stream will find the source.”

Source of inspiration: “Eastern European traditional costumes, flea markets and an eastern European version of Frida Kahlo.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “The Gala sandal in lime.”

Romina Habermann
Designer, Skemo

Favorite artist: Joan Miró

Favorite city: Bali in Indonesia

Favorite quotation: “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Source of inspiration: “The sea.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “Skemo’s new Jute wedges.”

Designer, Mary-Kyri

Favorite book: “‘Top Designers’ Secrets Revealed.’ It discusses the obstacles, trials and solutions of the fashion industry.”

Favorite city: New York. “It has the perfect mixture of opportunity and culture. There is a heart beat in the center of the city.”

Source of inspiration:  “The ocean. Always calming.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “The Sarafina. The design is an open-toe ankle shoe made from guipure lace. Incredibly chic and elegant, yet sexy.”

Raphael Young
Designer, Raphael Young

Favorite artists: Alberto Giacometti and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Favorite book: “La littérature et le mal (Literature and Evil)” by Georges Bataille

Favorite quotation: “The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.” — Horace Walpole

Source of inspiration: “Architecture and design — shapes in general.”

Favorite shoe for spring ’11: “None when the collection is done …”

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