It was quite challenging to schedule an interview with you, do you have such a thing as a 'typical' working day?
I travel a lot during summer. Therefore there's never a day identical to the one before. Generally speaking, I wake up early and tackle my emails. After a quick breakfast, rush hour starts. I usually spend one day in Istanbul at the Sanayi 313 office and throughout the week I travel to different cities. Florence, Milan, Paris and Mumbai are frequent stops on my itinerary due to meetings and design processes. While I sometimes have the feeling of literally living in my suitcase, these travels provide me with an arsenal of inspiration. I'm inspired by people around me and in particular by the items that I miss in my day to day life. A book that I read, a show that I'm watching or a small detail that I observed, might turn out to be a source of inspiration later on.
Talking about inspiration, for Sanayi 313 traditional Ottoman weaving particularly inspired you, can you tell us a bit more about this technique?
My designs at Sanayi 313 are strongly inspired by caftans from the Ottoman Empire. In Turkey, this tradition of weaving has unfortunately started to disappear. That's why I felt so strongly about preserving this craftsmanship and combining it with a modern twist. For our collections, we use elements of traditional techniques in exclusive artisanal workshops. I spend a lot of time with the artists and execute each technique and artwork with them. I firmly believe in classics rather than trends. Slippers will always stay as one of the key elements of our wardrobes. Comfort, function and aesthetic are the most important aspects of my design process.