[Mikara] How did you get introduced to fashion? And what age were you?
[Leonor] I was first introduced to fashion at a very young age. I grew up with the women around me sewing at home so it was something I was always around. Some of my first memories as a child are of me growing up in Mexico playing with vintage sewing machines and getting to design little outfits my mother and sisters would make for me. One of my aunts is disabled and when she used to baby sit me, her sewing was a way for us to be able to communicate. In high school I would design and make skirts for my friends and myself with matching book bags. When it came time to pick a college major- Fashion Design just seemed like a natural fit. I immigrated to the US when I was 8 years old and my family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I grew up. After college I decided to move to New York to continue an education in fashion design as well as gain more experience in the business.
[Mikara] What’s your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
[Leonor] My favorite part about being a fashion designer is that I get to share my ideas with the world. Getting to be creative and having people respond to my designs and ideas is an incredibly experience and it is what pushes me to keep creating and moving forward.
[Mikara] What was THE one moment you knew you wanted to take fashion design seriously and this was going to be your career?
[Leonor] I think the one moment that I knew fashion design was going to be the career path for me was when I presented at one of my first fashion shows. I was in my early twenties and didn’t have much experience but I knew then that it was what was meant for me and what I was passionate about.
[Mikara] How do you define fashion?
[Leonor] My favorite thing about fashion now that took me a while to realize was the rich history and traditions behind it. I realized my passion for design wasn’t the glamour of it all, but more about culture and getting to share my culture and experiences with the world through my art.
[Mikara] In you collection(s), you have a lot of mesh and flowy garments, what’s your inspiration behind your designs?
[Leonor] I am mainly inspired by vintage design and by my mother. I love to celebrate the human silhouette and individuality so although I am essentially setting a trend by designing a garment, I like for people to be able to interpret my designs in a way that represents their personal style.
[Mikara] How would describe the Leonor Aispuro client in 3 words?
[Leonor] Adventurous, Loyal and likes to think outside the box.
[Mikara] What’s your favorite item in your current collection? And why?
[Leonor] My most favorite item currently is a peasant sleeve silk blouse I made and some new fabric I’m designing specifically for some separates coming soon!
[Mikara] How has fashion made you express your new dimensions in your brand? Life? Confidence?
[Leonor] Fashion has been huge as far as giving me an outlet to be able to express myself creatively. Not only do I design clothing and sew, but I get to illustrate, design fabric, and be creative director for my brand so I’m constantly able to focus on new projects and meet other people who share creative ideas as well. It’s a really exciting world to be a part of.
[Mikara] If you could pick a celebrity/influencer to be your brand ambassador for a season, who would it be and why?
[Leonor] I am currently obsessed with Rosalia, I love her style and would love to design for her!
[Mikara] What luxury designer/brand do you admire the most and why?
[Leonor] I recently discovered Shahar Avnet and I just love her work and mind!
[Mikara] Besides designing, do you have any hidden talents?
[Leonor] Other than dabbing into photography, graphic design- and other design related fields, I am pretty good at whistling! Hahah
[Mikara] In the next 3-5 years, where would you like to see yourself/brand?
[Leonor] I would love to be able to design full time and focus on my brand more!