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Designer of the Month: Angel Iglesias

 

Paloni's Designer of the Month Angel Iglesias, Angel Iglesias receiving applause on the catwalk

Angel Iglesias receiving applause on the catwalk.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Dressmaking, craftsmanship, elegance, trends, garments with charm.

How would you describe your label in five words?
Dressmaking, craftsmanship, elegance, trends, garments with charm.

Why handmade / locally produced?
Remembering the dressmaking made by my mother, I begun to design for my own clothing brand. Shortly after, I gathered together a team with family and friends to help me run the business, and we are still making garments in the old fashioned way with this team. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.

How is Angel Iglesias clothing ethical  and what does this mean to you?
I believe in dressmaking and selling in a responsible way, and that’s how I choose to work. As I said before, Angel Iglesias staff is made up of family and friends, working all together in one workroom, avoiding middlemen and staying close to our customers.

The artisan methods of cutting, sewing and finishing we use make our clothing more comfortable and even easier to care and wear through time.

That’s what makes the difference between our clothing compared to mass produced clothes.

What are your most important sources of influence / inspiration?
Women, colors, art, films, music,….the beauty in every day life.

I also draw inspiration from the fabric itself.

Paloni's Designer of the Month Angel Iglesias, LEFT The Elsa dress is here worn together with a tulle half-skirt

Angel's creations on catwalk.
Left: The Elsa dress (available at Paloni from XS to XL, was 145 €, now on summer sale for 100€) is here worn 
together with a tulle half-skirt.
Right: My personal tip for recognizing a designer with potential: the collections from several years back still
look fresh and interesting today. This picture is from the Angel Iglesias fall/winter 2010 collection.

How has your experience as a Paloni designer been?
It has been a very gratifying experience to be part of this project. It’s really different from our other customers, not only because of the country, but also because of the particulars of the store, the style, the projects, the marketing, taking part in fairs, making video clips, the blog… All of this makes us a part of Paloni and we love it!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Pay attention to and follow your instinct.

Your words of advice for aspiring designers / artists?
Reach for your goals and believe in yourself!

What is the most memorable highlight of your career as a designer so far?
My work is a daily experience that I’ve been living for the past 30 years. I have taken part in many projects, catwalks, fairs, … but one of the most gratifying was to be invited to present one of my collections on the 5th Ave. in New York.

Please continue the following sentence: My passion is…
..fashion. Constant innovation and being able to do everything I want.