As part of our creative hub, British Style Society are talking with upcoming designers on what they love about the industry and what inspires their spectacular collections. Recently Editor Natasha had the pleasure of talking with womenswear designer Gotal Ryam of GR London Paris on her new clothing line and insights to the fashion industry. Take a look at what inspires Gotal and why she loves creating stunning womenswear.
Gotal, please give us a little insight into your creative background.
I’ve been working for many years as an IT Consultant in Telecoms, and following a move from Paris to London, I ended up in Soho where my interest in fashion peaked. My desire to draw beautiful garments led me to Central Saint Martins where I studied fashion drawing. And finally last year I decided to launch my own collection.
Who was your influence when you started your own label?
I’ve been inspired by my mother’s creations since childhood, and her passion for vintage clothes.
What have been your key inspirations for your design and concepts?
The art of tailoring. I admire the geometric aspect of the cut.
What is the essence of your label?
GR London Paris is all about bringing back elegance and femininity. Our clothes are designed to help make a woman feel confident whilst bringing out the best in her style and personality.
Why does your brand stand out in this competitive industry?
We are unique in our own vision of fashion : « Pret-à Couture » (a mix between haute Couture and Prêt a porter » . This help us to stand out amongst the others.
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Are there enough opportunities for emerging designers to showcase their designs and enter this competitive industry?
Not that many, unfortunately. But luckily for us, since we live in the world of social media, it has become much easier to showcase your work and attract the audience.
Who is your ideal customer?
The modern and independent woman with a taste for fashion who is equally at ease in trainers as well as in high-end pieces.
What has been the most challenging stage when bringing your fashion label into the industry?
One of the biggest obstacles to launching your own label is getting financial backing, because producing garments is very expensive. There are many aspects involved in running your own label. You have to have the passion to really make it because it takes tremendous amounts of hard work. You have to live, breathe, and dream fashion.
On a personal note, how would you describe your style?
I think it’s similar conceptually talking to what I described for the woman I envision. But my personal style is more a tomboy.
What is your hope for the future of the label?
I hope we can grow bigger and enter new markets.
British Style Society would like to say a big thanks to Gotal for giving us an insight to her creative journey.