Meet Ácrata - Functional Art
Innovative Spanish brand Ácrata designs signature, instantly recognizable handbags that transform functional accessories into works of art. Inspired by architecture from past to present to future, the label's distinct styles are carefully engineered to embody the very finest in artisanship.
What's your name?
Víctor Gimeno Traver, and my label is Ácrata.
Where are you from?
Describe your signature design style in five words.
Architectonic, minimalist, craft, pure, creative.
What's your biggest source of inspiration?
The social concepts based off of philosophy and the various architectural movements.
Do you think true innovation in fashion is still possible?
Yes, for sure! The constant development of new materials makes it easier to innovate functional designs in order to make people’s lives better.
What role does the commercial aspect play for you? Does it limit your creativity?
It’s important to know that people like your creations and that they believe in your brand in order to have the confidence to continue creating new lines. However, I don’t think it limits my creativity in any way.
Do you prioritize aesthetics or functionality?
I always look to mix both concepts. I think that one isn't possible without the other. I try to create visual pieces that preserve functionality.
Which fashion designer do you have the most respect for?
Cristóbal Balenciaga without a doubt. He is the master of couture and the only person able to make pieces with his unique flair. Balenciaga pushed forward his own vision even when nobody believed in it.
Are your designs connected with or inspired by your heritage?
A person is always formed by the experiences of his/her life. As a result, whether we admit it or not, we will always be influenced by our heritage.
Did you undergo a formal design education?
Yes, I did my fashion design degree at ESNE University in Madrid, where I currently teach several subjects.
What first made you passionate about fashion?
At first it was the glitz of the fashion shows that commanded my attention. However, when I started my studies, I felt more attracted by the design processes and the artisanal ones too.
Do you work better alone or on a team?
I prefer to work on teams because the creative process gets enriched by the stirring pot of ideas and concepts.
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
I'd go to Japan. Asian cultures are actually hugely important reference points for me.
What is your favorite film?
"The Skin I Live In" by Pedro Almodóvar.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world on a new collection, who would it be?
It would be with Maison Margiela. I've always loved Martin Margiela's own work, and under their new creative director, John Galliano, it looks like they are developing an even more ambitious and awesome series of collections, which gets me excited.
Check out Ácrata's new collections here.