SUMMER WARDROBE INSPO: 10 QUESTIONS WITH FASHION DESIGNER, BERTA CABESTANY
With the arrival of summer, I have been looking for new designers that are showcasing summer-ready collections. I sat down to talk to the wonderful Berta Cabestany, an innovative womenswear designer based in Spain who is producing some truly beautiful pieces. Berta worked alongside contemporary designers such as Oswald Helgason in London and Catalan couturier Teresa Helbig before designing for retail giant Mango. This invaluable training into the varying requirements of design combined with craft drove her to launch her eponymous collection BERTA CABESTANY in September 2016.
1.) Hello Berta! Welcome to The London Musings. Can you tell us a little about your fashion brand?
Thank you for having me! We are a demi-couture contemporary womenswear fashion brand based in Barcelona. Our pieces are ‘’wearable couture’’, prêt à porter pieces embellished with haute couture techniques. We pride ourselves in being a positive and playful brand looking to add colour and sunshine to everyone’s wardrobe.
2.) Had you always wanted to be a Fashion Designer?
Yes. My family helped me to develop my creative side always supporting me in my endeavours and education from early on.
3.) Have you had any other career paths aside from fashion?
I’ve studied several art fields such as jewellery, paint, dance, video, embroidery and print and have worked in all to find my passion in fashion design.
4.) The fashion industry is fast and furious. Do you travel / network / attend events a lot?
I travel a lot for work and love going to art galleries in every city I’m in, getting inspiration whilst meeting new, creative people!
5.) What inspires you?
Cinema, music, art and the different cultures of the world.
6.) What's new for Spring / Summer 2019?
We’ve created a collection inspired in Menorca with pieces such as embroidered colourful dresses or tops. All embroidery is cross stitch within this collection and features motifs influenced by the Balearic Island including jelly fish or crabs.
7.) Sustainability is a hot topic in the fashion industry and beyond. Is this something you think about when designing / producing?
Definitely. Every season we try to find new sustainable fabric suppliers. Additionally, we produce all of our pieces in Spain promoting local factories with good labor conditions.
8.) What has been your greatest challenge as a fashion designer so far?
Trying to find small fabric distributors or factories capable to produce high-quality small quantities.
9.) What do you love most about London?
Its multicultural vibe and love for art and creativity.
10.) When you're not busy designing, where can you be found and what will you be doing?
I love hanging out with friends, spending time at a rural house in the village or embroidering while watching a movie.
Please click here to visit Berta’s website where you can shop the collection online.