Where do you draw inspiration from?
We both draw inspiration from different aspects of luxury such as timeless, classic period style, architecture that uses luxurious finishes as it completes the home, and restaurants of fine dining with chandeliers and neatly pressed and set tablecloths which give the ambience to the room. We place ourselves in each of those settings, and we design looks based on how we think a guy should enter the room, wearing fine timeless attire while accessories are the finishing touches, just like designing a home.
Can you talk about your practice in the light of a global pandemic and sociopolitical crisis—what changed, what remains the same?
Customer service has always been at the forefront of our business and always will be. Since the pandemic, we have focused on private fashion consultations to assess what is missing from our client’s wardrobe, so that during this time, they’re not spending on unnecessary items but instead on items that they can use now.
Where do you see the future of design in the post-COVID world?
In the post-COVID world, we will see more creativity in everyday style. People have more time on their hands, which allows them to be more creative putting everyday looks together with what wardrobe they have already invested in. We call this the “Return On Their Style Investment.”
Greek-born Vasia Rigou is a Chicago-based art critic and pop culture journalist, largely on the subjects of contemporary art, design, and fashion. She moved to Chicago in 2013 to study Arts Journalism at the School of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC,) where she was awarded the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She grew up to appreciate art after years of carefully planned, culture-filled travel itineraries and museum-hopping around Europe with her family. During this time, she received a bachelor’s in English Literature, in her native Athens; a master’s in Media, in Nottingham, UK; and studied foreign languages—English, German, and Spanish at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Her writing—reviewing museum exhibitions, gallery shows, art fairs, fashion shows, and music festivals among others—has been published nationally and internationally both in print and online. In 2017, she founded and now serves as editor-in-chief of Rainbowed.—an independently published website focused on the visual and performing arts, digital media, and popular culture. When she’s not writing about art or looking at art—wine in hand, she keeps up with Chicago’s creative entrepreneurial and startup community, makes lists for pretty much everything, drinks immense amounts of coffee and takes cross-country road trips every chance she gets.
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