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Designer Spotlight: Fabiana Pigna


How did you get started ? 
In 2014, while working for a big fashion company, I was itching to start something experimental on the side as a creative outlet. On a trip to a local dead-stock fabric store, I found a really beautiful crisp, almost paper-like, white Japanese poplin and was immediately inspired. I decided to make 9 sculptural blouses out of that fabric, each with different features, and embarked on months of pattern making and self fittings. After I was done I started contacting all the local stores that I loved and was fortunate enough to be picked up by a couple of them. A year after that I was able to quit my job and switched to freelance until I could become fully independent, which has thankfully happened!  
Where do you find your inspiration? and how as this changed over time since you began to design? 
I draw a lot of my inspiration from old movies, old fashion shows, music, and visits to the museum. I am mostly intrigued by the artist behind the work and their process. I'm also really taken by the Japanese approach to proportion and fabrics, so that also plays a big roll in my design process. 
Where did you learn your craft?
I went to fashion school in my hometown of Caracas, Venezuela and learned how to do things old school. There is still a sense there that if you are a designer you should know how to drape, make your patterns, and sew your own garments. Even if your business grows and you don't end up doing all those jobs yourself, it is important to have a rounded skillset so you can communicate effectively with your team. I still make all of my patterns and first prototypes which is an essential part of the development process for me. I completed school in Los Angeles which was also a great blessing and an amazing learning experience. 
What is your hope for the future ? 
My hope is that I can continue growing organically and that the brand keeps evolving in a way that is inspiring to me and our customers. The focus is to make very well made season-less pieces that can be loved for many years to come and hopefully passed on to future generations.  
What is your main source of calm/distraction during these stressful times ?
I have a toddler so I have very little down time! The good thing is that we have a yard, so spending time there is a literal breath of fresh air. At night, when things quiet down, my husband and I like to put on records and cook a semi-elaborate dinner. I find cooking very healing and relaxing. 

What is your favorite piece from the collection this season and why?

I have a soft spot for movement and volume, so I think the Sabine dress hits all the right notes. It is made with a beautiful Japanese cotton jacquard with tiny paisley motifs. The structure, gathers, and calf length, makes it a versatile and visually stunning piece! 

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