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Interview with designer Greta Gram

Interview with designer Greta Gram

On our way to Agency V

As we sat on the cab driving to the office of Agency V in Stockholm we had no idea of what to expect. An interview with Greta Gram who has drawn many high end fashion people, like Celine Aagaard and fashion journalists attention to her brand. Entering the building close to Stureplan we were already very excited. When the door opened and a friendly face invited us to enter we stepped into a very beautiful office with very fashionable clothes on clothes rails and high ceilings next to the walls. Rike Döpp, one of the owners of Agency V, brought us to a another room, where we met Greta Gram, she wore a black simple dress from her own collection and one of the earrings that were designed for her collection by Sara Robertsson, a Swedish jewelry brand. After initial hellos we quickly realized Greta Gram is a very down-to-earth. Not that we wouldn’t have been expecting that but still it was a nice surprise.

After congratulating her for her second fashion show at the Stockholm fashion week she told us about her inspiration for the collection

Greta Gram: “(I went to) A small village outside of the city on the country side and I got really inspired there. I was traveling around in the area in central america with only a backpack for one and a half month and it was quite a trip, in myself as well. And I didn’t have much stuff with me. So when I met the people there it made so much sense how they lived what one actually needs from your clothes why they dress the way they do.. and  it was more like all these questions..I saw their life and it was so simple and pretty… and then I started to investigate in that. Like why do they have raw hem, well because obviously there is no point for them to fix the hem.. So everything made sense and it is a contrast to how I live.

TFF: So when you get inspired do you just grab a pen and start drawing?

GG: Usually I think about it a lot and then I get an image and actually it’s more about how I will transfer that vision. Sometimes I sketch but sometimes I use another technique like dressing or trapping it on myself. So it depends on the theme, what kind of a design process we’re having.

After asking her if she has a personal favorite piece of her collection she showed us the “Flared Poncho Dress” a light blue dress with 2 arcuate gathered drawstrings on the lower edge in the front. She has done something like that in her last collection as well but improved it in her SS17 collection.

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The Flare Poncho Dress

TFF: Are you planning on doing this in all of your upcoming collections?

GG: No I do it as long as I like it and when I don’t I stop. I don’t like to play it save just because it is in my comfort zone I appreciate to do something new but I think it’s very important to keep your recognition theme. So I think it is also a personal challenge to not just throw everything out the window and do something new. Like ‘Oh I’m so bored of that’ for me it’s a personal challenge to be patient and continue with your work and always keep working on it. To be serious about my process, because that also shows in your brand there is a value in my brand and the process.

TFF: Yeah that is so true! You sound very experienced so when did you realize that you have a passion for design ?

GG: I don’t really know (laughs). When I was young I was drawing a lot of clothes but I didn’t know how to sew so I asked my grandmother to teach me sewing my drawings but when I came the next time she had already done it, so then it was already finished, but I was such a crafty kid and I was always sitting and drawing stuff. I started studying arts but then I learned how to sew so I was totally hooked by that. But I studied pattern and cutting and sewing and then I started fashion design.

TFF: Oh that’s interesting. So what happened then after university?

GG: I had some internships and before I graduated I was an intern at Viktor & Rolf  and then I got a designer position there. So that was my first designer experience and after I graduated I did a small project in leather, because I wanted to know how to work with that and then I went to work with H&M as a designer.

TFF: That sounds great! And when did you know ‘Ok I want my own brand’?

GG: I think I always wanted a brand for myself, but I wanted to collect references at first, because I felt that I need to know more about the different processes in a company. I didn’t know how the whole loop works starting with the idea to finally selling the piece in a shop, so I felt like I needed to get the hang of it.

TFF: wasn’t it a little scary to start your own brand, because obviously there are so many successful designers out there

GG: Yes, but I’m a very optimistic person and I am not worrying a lot and that helps. Of course I can look long term but in my vision I cannot see ‘Oh this is going to be a lot of work for the next 5 years’. I see ‘I’m going to do this collection’ and that helps a lot because you get very engaged and enthusiastic.

TFF: And it’s also a financial challenge right?

GG: Yeah it is!

TFF: So did you have any help for example investors?

GG: No, I did it all by myself. We had a business mentor who gave us tips when we started up but no Investors.

TFF: Wow that is amazing! You must be very proud of yourself. So this is your second collection right?

GG: Actually it’s my third but the first one we presented a Lookbook at the Stockholm Fashion Week and then we had the first show there with my second collection.

TFF: Oh ok nice. So are you already planning your Autumn Winter collection?

GG: Oh yeah I started a little bit.

TFF: So when is the switch? When do you start thinking about your next collection

I think it comes more gradually. So it’s a little like a parallel process but then when I work on the show (for spring summer) I start seriously (with the next collection), so it’s parallel.

TFF: Wow! So good luck for your next collection and we hope to see you soon.

 

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5 designers you should observe

5 designers you should observe

Fashion Week Stockholm 2016 – upcoming talents 

Only two weeks after Copenhagen Fashion Week 2016 the next highlight is coming up – Fashion Week Stockholm 2016. Fans of pure and cutting-edge fashion already love established labels like Lexington, House of Dagmar or Castor. They now wait in suspense to discover young talents like Greta Gram, Ida Sjöstedt and the designers of nonprofit project Swedish Fashion Talents.

Now it´s time to take a closer look at some upcoming designers.

5 designers you should observe

L’HOMME ROUGE

The label was founded in 2010 by John-Ruben Holtback, Axel Trägårdh, Carl-Johan Holtback and Jonatan Härngren as a project gathering people with passion for society, design and art. Their first fashion idea was to create an affordable beanie for the local students in Lund. The label´s name is a symbol for the passionate lifestyle the four designers live. The priority of the label is to deliver high quality clothing and design. Their clothes are mostly produced in Portugal and Turkey. But also Italy, Shanghai and Lithuania are locations to produce linen and oxford shirts. The label L’Homme Rouge established a strong profile based on a genuine background and a focus on quality and durability.

 

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The four founder of L’Homme Rouge

LAZOSCHMIDL

The young German-Swedish concept label founded by Josef Lazo and Andreas Schmidl unites men´s wardrobe, theater, queer and fetish fashion elements. Materiality used in their collections are silk, velvet and lurex. The cut is feminine, skinny and body contoured.

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The two founder Josef Lazo & Andreas Schmidl

GRETA GRAM

The label was founded in 2015 by the homonyms designer Greta Gram. Before founding her own fashion label the young designer worked for recognized labels such as Viktor & Rolf. Influences from this former work can be discovered in her collections. Greta Gram combines strong silhouettes with clean lines. A Greta Gram collection distinguishes itself by carefully selected materials of highest quality produced in Europe.

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Greta Gram: atumn-winter 2016

IDA KLAMBORN

winner of several design awards, is a young Stockholm based designer. Her education from the Swedish School of Textile is visible in color, shape and material and the graphically strong expression in her collection.

Ida Klamborn: autumn-winter 2016

Ida Klamborn: autumn-winter 2016

CMMN SWDN

Even if cmmm is established in the fashion world their collections stir up each season. Both founder – Emma Hedlund and Saif Bakir studied in London were they first met and collaborated. They describe the characteristic of their collections as a hybrid of progressive standout pieces mixed with quality wardrobe staples.

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