Designer of the Week: Cleo Gkatzeli from Athens, Greece

Interview with Cleo Gkatzeli from Athens, Greece

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

The best thing about fashion designing is that it’s a very creative profession and this never ceases to impress me!
I love my work so much that… I don’t feel like it’s working at all!

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOU BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The biggest challenge is to decide the path in which you want to walk through, and what is your aim, of course.
The most important thing of all is to know what direction you want to follow as a fashion designer. The dream! As soon as you have it clear in front of you, then it is possible to accomplish anything!

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

Being among fabrics and colors, is my happy place. Seeing or touching new fabrics and various other materials like ribbons, buttons and other trims, is enough to trigger many different design ideas in my mind which I can’t wait to bring to life! Foreign cultures and travel also brings me so much inspiration, so I always wish to travel in several countries.

 

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

Becoming a fashion designer was not a wish, it was a natural turn in my life.
My parents were both in the clothing industry, they owned two clothing shops. They were not designers themselves however. From my early age I had an inclination for painting and drawing, so my main studies were in Fine Arts. After I graduated my parents just gave me the idea to also study fashion design, and they did so good!! I am so grateful to them for this boost!

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