What does a typical day look like in the studio?
First thing: “We usually arrange our offsite appointments in the morning, this could be anything from a fabric sourcing meeting to coffee with an editor. When we get into the office we organise any couriers for PR requests, pack online orders that have come in overnight, deal with any requests from our stockists – which pretty much come through 24 hours a day now we are stocked in different global markets."
Lunch time: "We have a very open office so we chat about all our projects from our desks throughout the day. We don’t usually stop for lunch, which is a bad habit. Luckily Vittoria supplied us with a coffee maker for the office so we make ourselves espressos at work now."
After hours: "We try and set aside design time in the afternoon but usually it ends up being after hours and on weekends when we can take a moment and think properly. If we leave at 7pm it’s a good day, usually we are back til 10pm, and in the lead up to fashion week it creeps past midnight often—it’s definitely not all glamorous!”
Do you have any tips for aspiring fashion designers?
1. Find your signature—what makes you unique?
2. Align with long term partners who believe in your work.
3. Focus on getting your production right.
Why did you choose to partner with Vittoria?
Tess: “We have always loved the Vittoria fashion series cups and naturally, as we create our own prints each season we thought it would be a good fit one day. Thankfully they agreed!”