Monday, August 30, 2010

'A La Mode' Designer Profile: Lipop London (Series vol. 6)

The polished, dynamic duo of Lipop London is composed of designer Tom Lipop and business partner Eser Aydemir.  Tom expresses his design passion ... a history that includes Sky One's Project Catwalk, and designing for several labels, in addition to being influenced by the history of British fashion. Eser applies his formal business training, an Msc in International Business Management, to manage and promote the business.

Lipop London debuted their collection, ‘Battle of the Sardines’, at Brighton Fashion Week 2009. They will show Lipop’s New Collection as part of London Fashion Weeks Off Schedule Show ‘A la Mode’.

Here's what they had to say:

How did you get into fashion?
I've always been into designing and sketching and love architecture, I came across CP company and Stone Island whilst working in a little boutique in Brighton when I was 15 and loved everything about it, The detailing, the functionality and overall aesthetic, It was this that convinced me I wanted to go into Fashion and design a kind of architecture for the body!! I joined College and did graphics and photography before going to Uni and Studying Fashion and Textiles.

Did you go to school for training?
I went to University and did a Ba in Fashion and textiles specializing in Menswear for three years, before working for fashion houses such as House of Holland, Nathan Jenden, Griffin Laundary and Kate Halfpenny London.

What do you do for inspiration? How do you get inspired to create a collection?
We like to say that were modernizing classics. I love a simpler looking garment not too overworked but with a really technical cut and a great aesthetic. Technical fabrics inspire me immensely with the new technologies as well as things like your everyday food blender. I love it when you have the basic function, but you can add an adapter here and remove a part there and you have a new function. Something similar to what CP company did in the 90’s with the transparent coat that changed into an inflatable chair.

Do you prefer certain materials?
I love to work with wools, cashmere and felts as well as technical fabrics like polyurethane nylon and waxed laminate cottons.

Who do you design for ... Is it a specific person or a type of person?
We design for anyone who has an appreciation of quality and likes how they feel in our garments. I wouldn’t say it’s a specific type of person, but someone who wants a garment to last a long time and will pay that little extra so they can wear it over and over again. Kind of like a child and his favorite toy!!

To learn more and see the Look Book, go to: Lipop London

Series vol. 1 Post: Emerging Designers - A La Mode
Series vol. 2 Post: Designer Profile: Amato Couture
Series vol. 3 Post: Designer Profile: Z-Mode
Series vol. 4 Post: Designer Profile: Nikolo Bertok
Series vol. 5 Post: Designer Flik Hall
Series vol. 7 Post: Designer Jonathan Liang
Series vol. 7 Post: Designer Belinda Liu
Series vol. 7 Post: Designer Berit NY