FASHION DESIGNER LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTION
FASHION DESIGNER LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTION
Luis Bonfiglio, youthful and flourishing in the world of fashion, is originally from Sicily, but currently resides in Zurich, Switzerland. We had the pleasure of speaking with this remarkable, up-and-coming designer who’s style and flavor brings a fresh, unprecedented look to the industry from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Through his transcendent life experiences of peregrinating through different lands, he has developed his self-titled brand Luis Bonfiglio Couture that is both revolutionary and innovative with his assiduous sense of detail. He is already making waves in Europe and soon to be here in America. In the meantime, before his trip across the world, he spoke us about his inspiring expedition..
- Mary Swanson
What made you start your brand Luis Bonfiglio Couture?
I think I stated my own brand because I wanted to present to the world my creative mind. I wanted to offer the world to be part of my life and show them who I am and what I do. This whole thing to start my own brand was never really my number 1 goal...I actually wanted always to work as a fashion designer for a fashion house. Because of my ability of getting inspired so easily I am sure I would be a great asset to any fashion house and I would still also be ready to relocate again if a job great offer/opportunity should come ;)
I would describe my style as very feminine, clean, elegant/chic, effortless but always very timeless and well tailored. I love clean lines where you can enjoy the full deign and feel the quality on your body making every woman feel beautiful. They are my muses!
“I have faith that the universe will bring me great things and opportunities at the right moment.”
- Luis Bonfiglio
How has starting your brand changed your life?
Well, I have got a voice to introduce myself to the world. I've got the opportunities to show them through different press such as fashion magazines and newspapers. I think I can impact the fashion industry with my refreshing and fashion-forward creative mind. Otherwise, I’d like to have my private space if that makes sense.
As a fashion designer what would you say is the biggest challenges and obstacles to tackle in this industry?
I would definitely say that the biggest challenges to break into this field is to have lots of patience, strengths, passion and more passion. Also nowadays its very helpful to have the right contacts and I am currently expanding on my networking.
You were recently completed your new AW/19'20 collection entitled ‘BELIEVE IN FAITH’. Could you tell us bout this collection and what made you design this and why?
Oh yes, I have finished my new WRTW AW/19'20 collection and I am so excited to show you what I have created. You can’t image how proud I am of this collection. This collection shows you who I am as a fashion designer. This collection is very special to me and when I started with this collection I got a feeling inside me saying "This is going to be THE collection to break through".
This collection was inspired by one of the most beautiful cratures of the ocean. The Atlatic sea nettle.
The breathtaking sea creature moves in the water very elegantly, playfully and effortlessly. I have been especially inspired by their tassels. The charming and dancing movement of this animal motivated me to create a timeless, elegant, feminin, playful and effortless collection with a touch of romantic flair.
This collection shows a mix of body fitted dresses, playful volants positioned in eye catching areas, peek-a-boos, jackets, corsetts and different lenghts of skirts. You will also find beautiful back details on the dresses that will expose every woman's back in a charming and elegant way.
The colours are solid, vibrant and powerfull. Ultra violet, (the pantone color of the year 2019), blueberry blue, off white, black, musterd and a touch of silver. The combination of the color palette is easy to mix and very timeless.
This collection shows a mix in material, such as beautiful laces, high quality synthetics fabrics, soft tulle and silk.
I have created this collection because after moving to Amsterdam I had again more time for myself. When I was in London I was always so busy with the Visual merchandising jobs etc but here having a full time job, I have more time for myself. So I decided to start again a new collection. I have worked seven months so hard on it. How I said I have a full time job so when I was working on my new collection I was basically working everyday. My daily routine was: Getting up at 5:00 am in the morning, working on the collection until I had to go to my job and then afterwards continue to work on my collection until midnight. And on my day off (Sundays), the routine was staying the same with no excuses. I was determined and I gave everything. Because I know this collection will be THE collection. I believe in myself so much and I have faith that the universe will bring me great things and opportunities at the right moment. So this is why I named my collection "BELIEVE IN FAITH".
Who inspires you?
I would say that the biggest inspiration for me is myself. I had to learn that I had to believe in myself first before others can believe in me. So I put myself on the first place of inspiration.
However, it is really easy for me to get inspired from different things. I can get inspired when I go to art galleries, or when I travel or when I talk to different people. I love to listen to music and watch pictures. As a very emotional person I let my inner emotions being part of my creativity and so I would say it is mix of how I get inspired. yes, often I listen to music and I start to do some drawings and my emotions take over and so I create beautiful things.
When did the desire to be in the fashion industry start from?
Uh, that is a real deep question. Actually it started when I was visiting my grandmother and aunty in Sicily when I was around nine years old. I have a fond memory of when I was sitting with my granny in the living room while telling me numerous stories of her past. Next to the couch there was an ancient ‘SINGER’ sewing machine and I asked her, "What is this?”. She began to tell me that her father, a prominent designer in Sicily, had his own studio where he was creating collections and measuring gowns for his customers. She loved to visit him at his studio and watched him work certainly because she received beautiful and unique clothing. That ‘SINGER’, which has a foot pedal, was his original machine that he designed his masterpieces. I think hearing those stories about fashion fascinated me about the industry.
I started to sketch some clothing designs. I drew inspiration from designs in some fashion magazines and I started to hone my skills by beginning to sketch designs of skirts and dresses with pleats. Gosh, I remember how terrible they looked but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?
So when I started with high school in Rorschach (small town in Switzerland), I loved to go to the art courses; painting, drawing and designing were always my element and it was kind of a place to escape from the times I was bullied. After high school, I was fifteen years old, I moved away from my small town and went to Zurich which is a big city where I knew I would belong and thrive. Like in the movies, leaving a small village to go to the big city like New York.
I did one-year internship at Atelier in Luzern, where I learned how to sew. Following the completion, I searched for an apprenticeship as a tailor to complete my requirements to obtain my diploma in Switzerland. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any job in that field because Switzerland is such a small country for the Fashion and Arts. Later, I moved to St. Gallen where I completed my apprenticeship as a stylist and receiving my diploma, I worked part-time as a stylist and began studying to become a fashion designer in Zurich at the Swiss Textile College. Simultaneously, I created my own little atelier at home and started attracting my own clientele while establishing my own brand called Luis Bonfiglio Couture. During this time I created lots of designs for different VIP's in Switzerland, such as DJ Tanja La Croix, Top model Ronja Furrer, Nadja Broenimann and Miss Switzerland Linda Fäh and collaborated with Swarovski, designing dresses for their windows at their flagship store in Zurich at the Bahnhofstreet. Following graduation, I earned the title of ''Diplomierter Fashion Designer mit Hoechere Fachpruefung HFP''.
After two years working as a head of design, I changed my career path and entered into Visual merchandising for MANGO's flagship store in Zurich. I was there for two years apart of the management team while constantly working for my own brand.
At the age of twenty-seven, I decided to move away from Switzerland and went to London. I started working in retail (I thought just for the start but ended up working in retail the entire time I was living there lol). I began at Mount Street in Mayfair for Pringle of Scotland and then moved to the house of CÉLINE at Harrods in Knightsbridge. Unfortunately, time didn't permit me to continue with creating fashion; instead, I was selling fashion!
In March of last year, I decided to relocate to Amsterdam and I've rediscovered myself as a fashion designer and by the end of summer I started my new WRTW AW/2019.20 collection. This collection represents me and tells who I am as a fashion designer and I have named this collection ''BELIEVE IN FAITH''.
What monumental achievements and accomplishments have you made in you career?
I think my biggest achievements I have done in my career so far, was to grow as a person. To get out of my comfort zone and experience new things in different countries. But of course, related to my career as a fashion designer I would say that working with big names like Swarovski is a highlight.
What advice would you give to aspiring designers about the fashion industry and achieving their dreams?
First and foremost, you have to believe in yourself! This is the secret. Do what you love and what makes you happy. Don't become stuck in a place where you are doing jobs that make you feel depressed. You can do and reach everything in life as long as you do it with passion. BELIEVE, ASK, RECEIVE, and you will reach everything. Sometimes the universe has its own way to bring you what you are asking for. But you will always get what you wish for with hard work.
What can you tell us about yourself other than your Fashion career?
I do love to travel and get inspired from the real world. I always have my sketch book with me so that I can catch all the ideas that are floating through my mind for potential new creations. When I work on new collections or new projects, it is easy to lose the track of time. Often I do start in the early mornings like 5:00 am and when I get tired around midnight, I still do not want to stop. While my pure passion drives me, I still love to meet my friends and family which are a very important in my life and continually support me.
As a well known fashion designer back home in Switzerland I had to go through trails and tribulations so let's say that fashion design saved my life!