The very first designer that we chose to carry at O+W simply nails the concept of subdued elegance. Her pieces hold an easy timelessness, are very comfortable, and always offer a unique twist on a basic style. Here is our interview with Shaina Mote.
- How did you get started in design?
I became interested in fashion design when I was very young and started sewing around the age of sixteen on a machine my mother gave me. I took a pattern making apprenticeship a couple years later to learn how to create my own shapes and silhouettes. The line developed rather organically after my apprenticeship. I began wearing my pieces and people asked to purchase them. I worked a full time job many years in fashion doing buying, creative direction and vintage curation before I took the jump to pursue design solely in 2013.
- What inspires you?
Art, dance, soundscapes, environments, travel, philosophy, thoughtful, efficient approaches to design, passing images from the everyday.
- Who inspires you?
I love my friends here in LA who I see pushing the envelope in art, music and fashion. They keep me attuned to the pulse here in LA and they live to create in a genuine and artistic manner.
4.Where is your studio?
I am situated in the heart of the fashion district in Downtown Los Angeles in a 1920's deco building loft.
- If you could dress anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
It would be a dream to have dressed Maya Deren. I've always felt an affinity towards her vision and means of expression.