The designer tells us all about his new collection and how to live life in color.
“The easiest thing to do is to stay neutral,” says New York-based Nepali designer Prabal Gurung. “Especially when it comes to designing, where we think neutral straps are very chic. This is what we have been fed – but who tells us? “
On the surface, Gurung is talking about his new bright and cheered limited-edition home decor collection (his first time), created in association with Atty. But, like everyone’s favorite celeb (he can count Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Anne Hathaway as fans), there are much more layers. “Color can create happiness, love, resistance and strength. We are strong in color, ”he says. “Whoever is afraid of bringing color to their lives, I will say: Have courage. Is the heart. Because when you let your world fill color, you are opening the door to a new experience, a new story. And when you open your heart in this way, your level of empathy rises up a notch, and you will understand and see the world in a very different way and more interestingly. “
A simple way to do this is through the above mentioned collab, which is available on AT as of today. Inspired by his many travels, Gurung, a long-time advocate for greater diversity and inclusion, partnered with other Etsy vendors to create a line that wanders and celebrates happiness – and any venue Is able to change. Starting at around $ 36, customers will be able to shop for neon taper candles, fun graphic planters and delicate pastel dishware. Fashion Caught up with Gurung to talk about the collection, the love of travel and the power of memories.
How did you settle on the topic wanderlust?
I have traveled all my life. I was born in Singapore, have lived in Nepal, India, London, Australia and have continued to travel. I always say that I consider myself a curious global nomad – I go to many different places to learn about history, culture, and discover new things so that I can have my own special personal history of that particular moment I can make It makes me happy, and I think that traveling really gives a person a feeling – not directly from an airport to a hotel, but the actual journey can really open your mind, and your heart, and you get it. It makes us realize that we are all alike.
And so I wanted this collection to have the idea of wandering and curiosity, and full enjoyment and understanding of each other. I enjoy hosting, and when I think of my dinner table, the people who join me are usually a diverse cast of individuals – they will all bring something special to the table, from a standpoint, A travel story, a kind of magical energy characterized by who they are. [These dinner parties are] Always colorful, interesting, fun and laughter-filled and really important conversation. We all join together like a beautiful meal, share stories of our personal journeys and make memories. I wanted to create something that was part of those intimate moments. Some people may consider these pieces of life inanimate objects, but every time you see these pieces, I want them to be memories.
Home decoration is new to you. Now is the right time to start a branch?
I’ve always been interested in it – I’ve always decorated my homes, finding old furniture, dishes and accessories that I really love. And, don’t forget, I grew up in Nepal and India, where craftsmanship and [work of] Artisans are incredibly incredibly elevated and talent is handed down from generation to generation. I wanted to do this collection in this special moment because in this last year, we have realized that our homes are not just places where we sleep and relax. Home is where we rejuvenate, where we bring people together – in challenging or happy times – and create history and moments. I want that what I make is a part of that. Even with my ready-to-wear, this is what I do, I think that what I create will become part of the women’s wardrobe and be part of the story.
To share this experience and collaborate with these others [Etsy] The artisans have been truly majestic and exciting, and that’s what I wanted [feeling] For customers too. My mother has always said to me: “Many people can cook, but can they really make it with love?” When food is cooked with love, you can feel that it is nutritious. And that’s how I was brought up – everything was done deliberately and with purpose. This is the collection; It tells my story and I hope it helps others to make it their own.
Talk about other Ashta artisans working with you, so what was the cooperation process?
It was a very forward and backward conversation, but it is also more than an understanding – they understand my beauty and I have a respect for them in my mind. We had to find common ground so that we could tell the same story, which is why we are choosing the artisans with whom we will work. I wanted to know their history, what they do and why. I loved his passion. I thought it was going to be difficult, but it was really easy, because we all chose to work together and develop this mutual respect. Now, [I get to] Highlight the work I do and share my mic with them.
What are some personal memories collections that evolve for you?
The color-washed dishes – they almost looked tie-dye, but this is a hand wash – are really beautiful. They remind me of being back in Nepal. He has this hand-held quality of human touch; When you see them you see someone working on them, which I really love. And there are also floral dishes, which were inspired by my 10-year anniversary collection, which was really special to me as I created prints on my own. A lot of memories are added to that collection; It was tied to my identity and who I am in this country and it was a celebration of my American dream, to be completely honest. I also wanted to bring it to people’s homes.