Monday, 12 July 2010

Meet the Designers!


Now that you've seen a peek of our fabulous fall styles, we thought we would share the brains behind this operation... meet our two wonderful designers! We decided to interview the designers - here is what they had to say. Readers... meet Hanna and Monica the design team behind Jambu™!

1: Where did you do to school? what type of degree do you have?
Hanna: I have BFA degree in Painting/Fine Art and also ASS degree in Accessories Design from FIT.
Monica: I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts, Accessories Design (after taking one more class), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, and a Certificate in Millinery Techniques

2: Why did you choose to go into shoe design?
H: In my opinion, shoes are the most interesting and complicated item among all in fashion. You have to have a design mind in between a fashion designer and a industrial designer. In other words, to be an excellent shoe designer, you must be born with fashion blood as well as an engineer's mind. You must be able to cater to what you imagine in your mind for your collection.
M: I want all the women to wear comfortable shoes with style.

3. What is your inspiration for Jambu™?
H: I’m looking at everything which could inspire me across the board from high end fashion to natural beauty. I love to watch old classic movies to get inspiration- I’m very much into vintage fashion these days from the 40's to the 70's. I also look at what other people are doing to find out what our niche market is.
M: I get inspired mostly by places and things. I always think what our customers want and need.

4.Where are you from? and did that place in anyway inspire what you are doing now?
H: I’m originally from Korea and I have been living in NYC for more than 10 years now. I travel everywhere from East to West in the world pretty much to get inspiration. The cities that I cover by foot every season for inspiration are major cities in the world such as NY, LA, SF, London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Hong Kong and Seoul.
M: I am from Korea but I have been living in New York for most of my life and all the women I talk to say “I need comfortable, but stylish shoes”.

5. Tell us something interesting about yourself:
H: To be honest with you, I’m not one of the true Jambu™ customers. There are only a few styles from the line that I actually wear with my outfits. I’m a true metropolitan girl, born and raised in a huge cosmopolitan, which means I don’t quite understand what the real suburban or outdoor life style is... However, the way I approach it in designing my product has been really working well for our customer since I have a different way to interpret trends and functions in shoes and to be able to create our unique flavor into this type of comfort/outdoor product. I think this is the main reason for success!
M: I really love to travel all over the world and meet all different types of women. I've realized that all women are alike in at least one way... they love shoes =)

6. Do you have any big future plans for Jambu™ designs?
H: Of course, I want to build this brand as one of the most influential and pioneered brands in the growing comfort category so that everybody will recognize this as a leader in the footwear industry. I want to see our brand selling everywhere in the world... Even my hometown Seoul, Korea!
M: In the future I hope all the women in the world will love our style and feel comfortable in it.

We hope you enjoyed learning about our great designers as much as we did!

Comment on this blog to let them know what an amazing job they're doing!

Keep following our blog this week for our upcoming Jambu™ raffle!!!! :)

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