Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Edalou Paris ("EP") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
EP : I feel I have always been designing. Since little I used to draw rooms and decorate them. I used to reconstruct the dolls dresses but the creative side really comes from dancing and working in commercials and seeing how a story can be told. I did not go to fashion or art school so the technical aspects have been self taught and acquired on the go as pieces are created and by making lots of mistakes.
EP : The creation of a piece that can be used in several different ways is something that really motivates me. Something that has a purpose a meaning more than it being a fashion item.
EP : I wanted to be a dancer, became a financial professional for practicality and ended up becoming a designer due to destiny and the pursuit of what gives me passion in life.
EP : I design multifunctional fashion accessories that can be used in many different ways.
EP : The should feel and analyze what gives them purpose and passion... and do just that. Learn graphic design and digital marketing and be surrounded by talented and cooperative individuals. Understand how a business works is also very important.
EP : I think designers need to balance their ideas with the needs of potential clients in a way that it does not put your creative values in jeopardy.
EP : A harmonious balance between: Function, Innovation & Aesthetics
EP : Because it's timeless...
EP : IF it still existed... would love to design for Henri Bendell.
EP : On my brand a bigger version of La Coucou bag.
EP : Patience and perseverance ....and lots of imagination. Storytelling!
EP : Apple & Chanel :) Both created revolutions in their industries and changed the way we do and wear things. An I-phone permits you to do almost everything from the palm of your hand and the integration with the other products from the brand is flawless and so useful. Chanel completely introduced casual/sport wear, revolutionize how we wear a handbag and inspired new generations of designers to continue to challenge standards.
EP : I-phone where dreams can come true! Literally in the palm of your hand. LV classic handbags, Chanel Jewelry, Bandolier phone cases- these permit you to carry on with your day hands free and always have your phone with you.
EP : La Coucou Bag. The bag uses just one chain to transform itself into 4 different styles by adding two additional D rings with a particular placement so the chain can be accommodated perfectly for each style. The materials used are pure rock n roll to get out there and rock at everything you do!
EP : I tried to learn the aspects, technicals, knowledge I needed to be a good head designer but also knowing my limitations and leaving the expert to their thing so I could concentrate on the efforts of designing I do best which are thinking the why, for who, and how? Also every designer should have graphic design background.
EP : I was a finance professional before being a designer and would have probably would like to be in the performing arts.
EP : Define is everything that surrounds us ..mostly in a tangible way. The chair we seat, the gadgets we use at home, the paintings we have on our walls, the buildings in our street. You can argue also that you can have design intangibles like how you love, how you live your life.
EP : The women that surround and empower my life starting with my mom and my girlfriends!
EP : I think it is a continuous process that never ends. To reach this moment in my design work it can be mostly attributed to the combination of my life experiences, the good and the bad.
EP : I would say the biggest obstacle is yourself. Fearing how can I be a designer without art or fashion school. Could I really call myself a designer? how can I get a reputation? Double guessing yourself etc.
EP : Designers should present their work however they envisioned it... digital, in an event, collaboration with others, small audience etc.
EP : My next project is to continue to grow the Coucou collection into bigger handbags, jewelry, hair accessories and other lifestyle products.
EP : My ultimate goal is to provide women with a great design that they love and would like to wear forever. And yes I would like to be able to provide for my family and feel accomplished with my projects.
EP : Lots of love, honesty and a genuine desire to create versatile and multifunctional products.
EP : It helps create beautiful functioning things that help us enjoy life and make our lives easier.
EP : Secret? no I can tell you.. I am doing research on jewelry and metals.
EP : La Coucou open the doors to a whole new life that I dreamed of.
EP : Months and even years! It takes time from the time the idea starts to how to bring it to life and particularly finding the people that will do the bag.
EP : I start from a very personal place. Why do I need this? For what? How can it help others? and from that I start to brainstorm.
EP : ROCK DANCE LOVE (Rock at everything you do, Dance off and let it go, Love effortlessly and passionately) Design the life that you want to live.
EP : The chicken or the egg question... I think it can work both ways.
EP : I wish they would ask about the functional but also the emotional aspects of it. How does this product will make me feel?
EP : Wow.. I wish I would have think of that!
EP : Totally! Two brains think better than one! Two perspectives could add a totally different dimension to any design. I would like to design with any designer or artist that values functionality and aesthetics.
EP : The women in my life!
EP : Work in progress... still developing. We never stop learning and being better.
EP : Sarah Blakely from Spanks to discuss entrepreneurship.
EP : Color - shades of purple/pink Thing - my i-phone Place - Home, Puerto Rico Brand - Apple Food - Mexican tacos
EP : Rookie mistakes are a learning experience! While looking for chains which has been a daunting experience. I took some chains to get a bath of gold so I could use them for handbags not knowing how expensive this process can be. When they gave me the invoice I almost had a heart attack!
EP : When a person admires my work and desires to get it for herself means the world to me. I love working and doing what you love is the best motivation.
EP : I don't think so... but you would have to ask my mom.
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