[MIKARA] When did you know you wanted to take fashion design seriously?
[LISA/TOMMASO] I always liked art and fashion, in high school I studied a general arts program. After that I lived one year in Milan and next in London, where I was thinking a lot about what I wanted to specialize in and what was my media. Then I tried a one year Fashion program in Florence and I got really absorbed by it and I wanted to learn more and explore.
[MIKARA] What is your process for designing? How do get into the rhythm of creating your collection(s)?
[LISA/TOMMASO] I usually work good in the evenings, when it’s more quiet and not too many people around. I combine intuition with a kind of message and I see what comes out of it. Then I always need to reduce elements to make it more strong because I often start very sprawling going in many different directions.
[MIKARA] What is fashion to you? How do you define fashion?
[LISA/TOMMASO] It is design reflecting our time. Fashion is a language.
[MIKARA] How would describe the OKULT client in 3 words?
[LISA/TOMMASO] Normal, abnormal and very normal people.
[MIKARA] Since you have the title, Fashion Designer, are you the Creative Director for OKULT as well?
[LISA/TOMMASO] In a way yes but also Tommaso Floris influence very much on decisions, the story and identity of the brand. Actually now when you ask I think my correct title is more the designer.
[MIKARA] How much of the business side of things are you involved in?
[LISA] Most of it is Tommaso Floris, we always work together even right now.
[MIKARA] Outside of fashion design, do you have any other hidden talents?
[LISA/TOMMASO] Textile design, colors, painting, drawing, sculptures and collages.
[MIKARA] How has fashion made you express your new dimensions in your brand? Life? Confidence?
[LISA/TOMMASO] The fashion system effected made an impact in choice of fabric and color because of the range that they offer depends on seasonal trends.
Also the fact that the clothes needed to be wearable. The collection, Myth Nation, is also very based on my accesses and limitations which I had living in Sardegna. The magic light and beautiful landscapes there probably also influenced me.
[MIKARA] If you could pick a celebrity/influence to be your brand ambassador for a season, who would it be and why?
[LISA/TOMMASO] Björk because she is normal, abnormal and very normal.
[MIKARA] What luxury designer/brand do you admire the most and why?
[LISA/TOMMASO] Margiela, he made a such great impact on fashion. He had so clever ideas and manage to exist in Fashion even though he did much things in the opposite way and without a big budget.
[MIKARA] In the next 3-5 years, where would you like to see yourself?
[LISA/TOMMASO] Making exiting collaborations over the world, being able to see more of different cultures, traditions and landscapes.
[MIKARA] What’s next for OKULT?