There was no culture. There was nothing.

"Raf Simons didn't enter fashion via the typical route, but then Raf Simons is not a typical fashion designer. Perhaps more than any label today, his maintains a commitment to repressed youth -- not the youthful vigor fetishized by biceps-and-pectorals labels like Gucci or Versace, but real youth, in all its awkward menace. Simons' clothes contain the psychic spark of the ignored, the revolutionary potential that builds up during the isolation of adolescence. While other designers do little more than plunder a tired series of late 20th-century youth fads, Simons alone has stayed true to his roots. True enough so that each new collection can still register revolutions in contemporary youth culture -- as well as inspire new ones"

-Raf Simons interview by Craig Garrett 2004

This is a great read. Especially relevant since I'm an aspiring industrial designer. The overlap he talks about between industries is something I've been thinking about a lot. Because to be perfectly honest, sometimes I hate "fashion".

However, I love design. I love ideas. And that is what keeps me coming back for more.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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