Titania Inglis

 

 

 

 

 


“Less but better” and “Lush minimalism” are the manifestos of Titania Inglis. Her philosophy is grounded in the idea that style transcends fashion, hence her aspiration to create pieces that will outlive trends and seasons.

Titania demonstrates minimalism through her designs, but she also demonstrates how you can have a minimal impact on the environment throughout the manufacturing process. Her collections are sewn in a family-owned factory in NY, using low-impact fabrics such as Japanese organic cotton and Italian vegetable-tanned leather. Each garment embodies quality and tradition while staying true to  “Less – but better.”

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in a secluded hippie town in upstate New York, absolutely dying to see more of the world, and soon found myself studying in Denmark and the Netherlands. I live and work in Brooklyn, where I bike everywhere and share a monochrome Victorian apartment with my boyfriend and two black cats. I believe in the beauty of serendipity; of process that creates a beautiful product; and in behaving generously toward other people and the world we all inhabit.

How would you define your outlook on fashion?

For me, style trumps fashion any day of the week. My work focuses on the interplay of beauty, function, and the production process; on timeless, seasonless pieces; on making garments that can be worn over and over again in myriad different ways, or in the same way.

What do you love the most about your profession?

I love that transformative moment when a client puts on a garment and becomes a better version of herself — happier, more confident, more put-together. That’s when I know I’ve done my job well.

Your design reflects on craftsmanship, do you feel that certain artistry have been somewhat lost in today’s production?

“Fashion designer” is a peculiar job title; it includes people who take existing clothes to a factory to have them copied as well as people who pattern and sew garments from scratch, as well as everything in between. When the designer loses touch with the process of manufacture, there’s a certain integrity that goes missing in the end product. For me, the most exciting part is dreaming up original garments and working hands-on to make them a reality, and why the others bother is beyond me.

You describe your line as “thoughtful” fashion, in what aspects?

In all aspects: I pride myself on having a reason for each decision. The choices I make in sourcing fabrics, the details designed to help garments wear longer, the reuse and recycling of leftover materials, the casting of models for our lookbooks and site… the list goes on.

What are the pros and cons of being a NYC-based designer?

The best part of working in New York is being part of such a fertile creative community — both in sharing resources and helping one another grow, and in staying competitive because there’s no choice but to excel. The danger is that your voice gets lost in the crowd of young designers, but after 6 years, I don’t worry so much about that. These days, press and new stockists tend to come to me, and my job is to keep them excited about the line by coming up with new designs and by filling orders with beautiful, quality product.

In a fast moving fashion Industry, what do you hope to communicate with your brand? As a designer, I hope to help slow things down a bit by creating garments that are both timeless and long-lasting. The ultimate goal is to create clothing for a better world, through a business model with a positive impact from start to finish, and garments conceived for a lifestyle that embraces a minimal environmental impact and ease of use for pure, guiltless pleasure.



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