Meet Tatiana Garsiya - Femininity and Courage
Tatiana Garsiya is a Spanish designer with Russian roots who believes that happy colors are essential to a handbag collection. Ranging from baby pinks and blues to rich rubies and evergreens, Tatiana's mood-boosting color palette gives every ensemble a touch of her unique personality.
Tatiana Garsiya’s goal is to create striking handbags that highlight a woman’s personality and make a major wardrobe statement. In addition to the emphasis on individual style, the bags are crafted in the finest materials with a special focus on their tactile qualities.
What's your name?
Where are you from?
I was born and lived in Moscow, Russia, but I have been living in Spain for two years now.
Describe your signature design style in five words.
Individuality, femininity, courage, elegance, vivid color.
What's your biggest source of inspiration?
No matter how simple it may sound it is traveling, especially around Europe.
Do you think true innovation in fashion is still possible?
I would like to believe so, although we are becoming more and more convinced that fashion is cyclical.
What role does the commercial aspect play for you? Does it limit your creativity?
Initially making bags was a hobby for me, a favorite thing, but with time, I realized that the financial component is an important thing too. Fashion is an assessment of your creativity and work. I think that if you strongly believe and love what you do, success will be achieved sooner or later. Finance is also one of the development tools.
What other art forms inspire your collections?
Music, architecture, and photography of course.
Do you prefer to follow or subvert trends?
I stand for individuality. If we are talking about trends, you have more chances to be commercially successful if you follow those trends than if you are a rebel. I prefer the middle ground.
Do you thrive off of spontaneity or careful planning?
Of course planning is very important, but I'm more about spontaneity.
How do you deal with creative blocks?
This is a tricky thing. Most likely this is due to fatigue and routine. The first thing to do is to rest well and change the scenery, to visit some atmospheric place or go to nature. Painting, dancing, and chatting with interesting people help to recharge.
Are you a romantic person?
Oh yeah. I think every girl is romantic somewhere deep inside.
Do you prioritize aesthetics or functionality?
In general I prefer aesthetics, but functionality is very important in my field. A thing that you use should not only bring you aesthetic pleasure but also be comfortable.
How do you think the fashion industry is going to change as automation takes over?
For me, fashion is people - their ideas, their hands, their emotions, their energy, their style, their talent. This is something living that is constantly evolving, depending on time, places, events, circumstances, moods. If we are talking about the automation of this process, then the soul and emotion disappear. If machines do this, then probably some well-verified, classic, standard models will remain, and the emphasis will be placed on functionality, but individuality and aesthetics will definitely suffer. I really hope that in the industry there will remain people devoted to their work, devotees who will always support creativity and art.
Which fashion designer do you have the most respect for?
Yves Saint Laurent. Talented in everything, crazy sense of style. Elie Saab.
Are art and commercialization irreconcilable?
Reconcilable if good marketing is present.
What places have the worst-dressed people?
I do not want to offend anyone, but in general these are people with a lack of culture.
Did you undergo a formal design education?
Do you think collaborations between companies and designers are cash plays or real attempts at innovation?
I think cash games and the focus on making a profit are too big now.
Do you gravitate more toward designing for men or women?
I am creating handbags for women.
Do you work better alone or on a team?
I work more productively alone. A team is needed to promote the brand.
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
What is your favorite film?
The Thomas Crown Affair, The Holiday, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.
Do you have any rituals when starting a new design?
No. As a rule some pictures or images come to my mind quite suddenly. My Geometry collection came to my mind when I started to fall asleep lying in a bed. I had to urgently wake up and make some sketches.
What is your favorite food?
I love different cuisines. Most importantly a dish must be cooked with love.
What's your favorite month or season?
I love spring. My favorite time is when everything blooms.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world on a new collection, who would it be?
With the Celine brand.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Kiss my children.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Unfortunately the phone. Everything is in it.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Making people happy.
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