INTERVIEW WITH CARCEL
What’s usually the starting point of your design process?
Veronica D’Souza (VDS): We currently limit ourselves to work with only two materials, silk and alpaca wool. But it’s incredible how many ways to use these materials. So we look at variations, shapes and techniques, honouring the fact that we can do small quantities made by hand. The last thing we do is colorways.
Describe your collection this season in 5 words?
VDS: Understated, every day luxury, handcrafted, versatile
Please tell how you’re preparing yourself for the jury presentations?
VDS: We are presenting a completely new concept, so we are super busy right now finalising it. We are very excited to share it with the jury. Personally, I write down notes, and then I throw them away on the day and improvise on it.
Is there one jury member you’re particular excited to meet?
VDS: Design, sustainability or business – how do you plan to prioritise your efforts?
What would be the first sentence you say at the presentation?
VDS: This year, we are focusing on innovation. We are presenting a new shop concept for sustainable retail in order to minimise waste and showcase seasonless designs in stores. So its a bit of everything, actually!
INTERVIEW WITH CARCEL
Could you please describe your studio?
Veronica D’Souza (VDS): Our studio is both a Studio Shop and our creative space. Its in central Vesterbro and an old community gallery. We think of it as a community space where we can both interact with customers, have events and develop designs and ideas. A place to meet and be. We also have a mattress in the basement for late nights…
How would the daily routine look like at your studio?
VDS: We are a very small team but very global, which means that we are in three timezones to work daily with our production teams in Thailand and Peru. The day starts with Thailand, then Europe, and Peru in the afternoon and evenings:).
Often a day goes by with meetings, talks with our production teams and mostly we are working some new big project that we are sprinting towards.
Do you have a guilty pleasure (snack, music, etc)?
VDS: A dip in the cold water before work and then lots of coffee.
What has happened with your work routines during the pandemic?
VDS: They still hold. We’ve always had a very flexible work environment, so working from home works well for us.
How do you get inspired at the moment?
VDS: By looking at the world around us and wondering how we can contribute positively to it. And then through music.