I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented knitwear designer Jylie Navarro recently. Based in the U.K., she runs a successful Etsy shop and sells in the Asos Marketplace as well. Her clothes are vibrant creations that have much spunk and attitude to them. Her technique encompasses prints, textures, and visually dazzling color combinations.
WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN BECOMING A DESIGNER? AND, WHY KNITWEAR IN PARTICULAR?
always wanted to be a designer since I was a kid. I've always been very
creative and preferred to form pieces around the body. It wasn't until I
was taught knit in college that I took up an interest in that. I find
it more creative process as you get to design the fabric as well as the
piece you are creating.
DESCRIBE THE JYLIE NAVARRO GIRL. WHAT KIND OF PERSONALITY WEARS YOUR DESIGNS?
don't think there is a specific girl for Jylle Navarro Knit, nor
person. I find my clients range between Harajuku teens, to drag queens,
to 60 year old punk legends, as well as everyone in between. I'd never
restrict my clothes to a certain type of person.
HOW DO YOU THINK BEING FROM THE U.K. HAS SHAPED YOUR INTEREST IN KNITS, AS IT HAS HAD LONG HISTORY OF THE CRAFT.
actually try and avoid it if possible as I don't want to be
stereotypical. I am very much a London Designer but only because I live
here. I would do the same style anywhere else in the world. I try not to
let things like that influence me.
AND CREATORS ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF INSPIRATIONS OR SOMETHING THAT IS
VISUALLY STIMULATING. HOWEVER, AS A DESIGNER MYSELF, I FIND IT CAN BE
DIFFICULT TO BE INSPIRED AT TIMES. WHAT DO YOU DO IN SITUATIONS LIKE
THIS? IS THERE A PLACE OR A METHOD FOR YOU TO ALWAYS GET SOME SORT OF
I rarely have a problem with inspiration.
I'm very good with ideas. My problem is that I develop them too quickly
for them to be made up. At this point in time, I'm already thinking of two
seasons ahead, easily.
WHICH DESIGNERS OR ARTISTS DO YOU ADMIRE?
a few. People like Francis Bacon, Hans Belmer, Flora SigisMondi, Alan
Moore, Saul Williams, Dick Valentine, Issey Miyake, Terry Richardson,
John Waters... many more I'm sure.
IMPORTANT IS INTERNET MEDIA (SUCH AS ONLINE ADVERTISING, FACEBOOK,
BLOGS, ETC...) AS A TOOL FOR UP AND COMING FASHION DESIGNERS, IF AT ALL ?
think it's extremely important. It's basically your main connection to
everything you want to do with your work. I think you have to spend as
much time promoting your work and contacting people about your work
online as you spend creating it.
You can find Jylie Navarro knits at her website, or at her Asos store.