It’s midday, I send an email to Adam. He is in New York and I’m in Argentina - we are very far apart. I’m working, he is working. We are both workaholics.
A few minutes go by and he replies. We are finally ready to start the interview.
Adam Spagnolo is his name and I wrote an entry about his fall menswear line very recently. His work features masculine, yet finely tailored pieces. He aspires to satisfy every men’s fashion necessity - specially those which include dressing up.
And so the interview begins.
Adam, let me start by saying we are thrilled to have you here. Tell me a bit of where you are right now and how is an ordinary day of yours. Does your life currently revolve around fashion? I mean would you define yourself as a total workaholic
Today, like most days, I was up very early working on my line. Doing what I can to get my name out there. Ordinarily my thoughts are thoroughly focused on developing my label. To say that my life revolves around fashion is an understatement. My life is fashion. It's what motivates me. Workaholic? Yes.
And that's the key for creating a successful line I believe. How long do you think it will take you to construct your ideal company?
In five years, I hope I've obtained a few things. I want a strong reputation, I of course want to be in business and if I'm lucky I'll have a team that enjoys working with me. That would be ideal.
Beyond that, and I think most designers would agree, this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. In an industry that's constantly changing, ideally you will adapt and move forward
I must admit Adam, that you are heavily loaded with passion. It’s amazing how you manage to transmit your emotions, it's delightful to hear you. And do you see yourself designing several lines including an accessories collection and others by that time?
That would be nice, but I can't get ahead of myself. First, I need sales. That's what is important to me right now.
Intelligent move. So you say that men are looking for a way to dress up without relying on old guard ideas; what things have led you to believe that?
That comes from two things. It's both a reflection of my personal taste and also a reflection of where the market is going. For young guys my age, lately they've been stuck wearing t-shirts and jeans. Especially in cities like New York, where dress codes at work are much more lax, it's easy to fall into that rut. Fortunately for menswear, there's a crop of highly talented young designers who are reinterpreting what it means to dress up. I, myself, have always loved a good suit and embrace the opportunity to recreate what has long been the backbone of a man's wardrobe.
That's very true; I mean New York has lately been missing that sartorial flavor
Your line is very masculine yet youthful; what elements do you believe to be essential when trying to evoke your fashion principles?
Absolutely my silk fly front. Yes, it's masculine and youthful, but it's also so much more. It's so versatile. I could easily fit that item into so many different types of wardrobes. Typically my look changes drastically from season to season, and having an item like that just eases the transition.It makes things easier. Dare I say, it becomes a bit of a signature.
Superb, silk is an extraordinary fabric. Which designers or artists are you influenced by?
My inspiration never comes from just one source, I just pay attention to what's in front of me and look for ways to incorporate.
Have you already started working for your fall 08 collection? Which pieces, styles or colors do you think that will be essential next season?
I have started sketching my next collection, but I'm not giving anything away just yet. You'll just have to wait and see haha
Is there anything in particular that you would like say about yourself regarding your work?
I'm self taught, and very fortunate that I've met people who are willing to help me along the way.
For more information and availability, go to www.adamspagnolo.com