Colette Malouf celebrates the 20th anniversary of her famed accessories brand this September. Recently, we got a chance to ask her a few questions about her company – from the infamous Malouf Pouf to her advice for aspiring designers – and you don’t want to miss out on her answers below.
The Daily Obsession: Where do you get your inspiration?
Colette Malouf: I love to travel, and being of Lebanese decent, I have family all over the world. Diversity in cultures, customs and natural environments are very inspiring to me. The history, the local craft, the landscape and the lifestyle from Europe to the Middle East to Asia is fascinating to me.
TDO: What is the process of creating one of your pieces â€“ from design to production?
CM: Since I work with many different materials, I must approach each one differently, but basically, I begin with a sketch and a color palette. Then I guide a sample maker to follow my specs exactly. I document every detail of the design, which includes all the materials, swatches, the measurements, and steps on how to complete the design. Every style in the collection follows this process and is part of an overall collection plan. Once I approve all first samples, then sample orders are placed. Once the collection is sold, then production is commenced. READ MORE