O rphan Bird is a high end fashion label founded in 2012, designed and produced in Europe by Italian designer Ciro Supino and co-founder Sara Lohman, a Swedish photographer and visual artist in her own right. The label has been on our minds since we were first arrested by its Autumn/ Winter 2014/15 collection.
We came away from this chat more impressed than ever:
How did you come up with the name?
Nature has had a big impact and inspired us to create a character, half human, half bird. The human stands for having both feet on the ground and not being afraid to make your own interpretations. The bird represents freedom, to live in mobility, discover new places and to feel free wherever you go. That’s how the Orphan Bird name was born.
Why did you two want to become fashion designers and why did you decide to team up rather than work individually?
Creativity in all its forms has always captivated us but what really mesmerized us with becoming fashion designer is its dual function as an artistic expression and functionality. We teamed up with the acknowledgment that we are two different sides of the same tool; share different experiences but also the same vision.
What is your favorite part about designing? What is your least favorite part?
We recognize the value of every detail in the design process and the development. The genuine gain of being designers under our own label is that everything we make is who we are and what we stand for entirely.
How would you describe your own personal style? (Directed for both)
Simple and comfortable with an androgynous tone and monochrome colors.
What are your biggest inspirations for designing?
Minimal and contemporary architecture.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Yohji Yamamoto. We cherish his tailoring skills and his focus on innovative textures and shapes on each individual garment.
Why did you choose to pair your A/W 2014-2015 look book with Geta sandals?
As we are oriental inspired we wanted to produce an entire look, so we created a double asymmetrical wood Geta sandal to attain the architectural shapes within it.
Describe the kind of person you envision wearing your clothes.
A person with an eclectic sense of style. Someone that combines the edgy and eminently wearable and who embrace a lifestyle rather than simply wearing a piece of clothing.
What are your favorite colors and materials to design with?
We always work with a pure and minimal color palette. Colors that accentuate every detail in our sewing, tailoring and layering techniques. Colors like black, grey and white. They never seem too tiring or too boring. To get a dynamic feeling into our designs we usually work with different materials in one design. Lately we have been experimenting with neoprene as an over-layer in order to achieve a sporty rigid shape.
What is more important aspect when designing a collection?
To always find a balance between functionality and being innovative.
Why do you think it’s important to be unconventional in your designs?
Simply because we are not into designing garments that will be seen everywhere else. We don’t follow trends and we never will. We want our designs to be everlasting and not something that will be replaced in someone’s wardrobe a few months later.
What are your plans for the future?
To introduce our label on a more international level by attending to different fashion platforms and by extending our focus on designing accessories such as leather goods and sunglasses.
If you weren’t fashion designers, what else could you see yourselves doing?
This will come off a bit cheesy but why force the idea of what else we can do when we presently are doing something that matters to us sincerely?
If you could give a piece of advice to young designers out there, what would it be?
Persistence and patience for those who are planning to start up their own label.Starting up your own business is hard, time consuming and requires a lot of determination. The essential elements are; do everything wholeheartedly and never stop challenging yourself, and that should always be etched within you.
What is your favorite piece from your A/W 2014-15 collection?
The two unisex kimonos. The over-sized silhouettes and the rigid tailoring construction simply reflect the portal of our A/W 14/15 “Forms of Boundaries” collection.
Check out Orphan Bird’s latest AW 14/15 Campaign :
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