Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Iris Apfel

via PEM
photo by Ken Yuszkus

Iris Apfel has been referred to as a design iconoclast. It's easy to see why . She is an interior designer, textile designer, clothing and accessory designer and style icon.

She and her husband founded Old World Weavers in 1952. It began in a walk up building on east 57th St and built it to be one of the most prestigious brands in the world of textiles.

Her taste level and desire to not cut corners gave her all the components to be a succesful high end brand. She was quoted saying "Beautiful things that have to be crafted cannot be made inexpensively". It was this thought process in her design that attracted such clients as Estee Lauder, Jacqueline Onassis, Greto Garbo and even the White House! She has upholstery fabric made on 18th century looms that retails at about $2000/ yard.

She would use some of the exquisite fabric to create clothing and accessories. It was these pieces that were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her company was eventually sold to Stark Carpet company.

She is a true creative force and visionary. She would search old books, flea markets and second hand shops for inspiration, she refused to compromise technique and craftsmanship, and she started small and allowed her company to grow organically and ethically. I love hearing about success stories like this. It's inspires me that I could do the same.

1 comment:

  1. Creativo Surface Design is reaching out to textile/surface designers across the globe and we came across your website. We feel that your work would be a great addition to our pool of designs.

    Right now Creativo Surface Design is looking to work with freelance textile designers to design for the different apparel markets we serve. We are working at the moment on putting together the collections for next year trade shows. Just to give you an idea, we have boys, girls, juniors, women’s and men’s collections (swimwear, street wear…etc.)

    If you have something under your portfolio, that it is not older than a year, please send us JPEGs in order for us to see and determine if they are a good fit to what our customers are looking for. We are working on Spring-Summer 2011 right now.

    Just to let you know you, we keep the designer’s names and contact info strictly confidential. So NO worries. In our company we signed a confidentiality agreement so we do not disclose your name and info.

    Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity. Also, if you know of any other designers that you want to recommend please give them a hint, send us their personal e-mail address and we will keep in touch with them.

    All the best!

    Warm Regards,
    Danny Naz
    E: dan@thinkcreativo.com
    W: www.thinkcreativo.com