In order to become a successful designer, there are a whole lot of characteristics one must possess to complement pure design talent. If one does not meet these certain criteria then they might as well pack up and head home. Being in the fashion industry is a cut-throat business that requires skin so thick it’s indestructible. But as much as it is important to be strong-willed, you also have to obtain the creative chops that are durable enough to catch the gaze of Anna Wintour herself. Enter Titania Inglis.
The Brooklyn-based designer understands what it means to make it in the fashion industry and still be able to save the planet at the same time. Born in Ithaca, New York, the half Chinese, half Scottish designer chose to study abroad in Denmark as well as the Netherlands, where she attended the Design Academy Eindhoven, which would later play a huge part in Inglis’ collections. As well as studying overseas, Inglis also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology at home in New York. Her resumé is beyond impressive with internships from infamous New York designers Camilla Stærk, Jean Yu, and Threeasfour which Inglis later walked away from to create her solo line.
The aesthetic of Inglis’ collections is remarkable. Her goal when designing is to keep in mind the versatility of clothing. The collections embody Inglis’ philosophy of luxurious simplicity in both their visual and core principles. She goes by a basic motto of striking yet wearable pieces that go easily from day to night and summer to winter, all with the trick of geometry. A huge plus is that her collections are crafted in the famous New York City Garment District from Japanese organic cotton, vegetable-tanned leather and deadstock wool.
Inglis’ designs are so versatile; they can be worn by almost anyone who appreciates a fine, sustainably chic clothing line. Bearing this in mind, you would be mistaken to think that Inglis’ work would go unrecognized. In 2012, Inglis was privileged to be awarded the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in Sustainable Design.
Inglis undoubtedly takes the planet into great consideration when bringing the needle to cloth. But whatever you do, make sure that you do not utter the words “eco-friendly designer” to her. Pigeonholed labels are an accessory this designer would much rather leave at home.
“The word (eco) gets thrown around so much that I feel it’s lost all meaning (…) I much prefer the word (thoughtful)”, she explained to Ecouterre last year when prepping for her 2012 F/W collection.
Indeed thoughtful, beautiful, intricate pieces are all one will find when gazing upon Inglis’ collections. Nothing more and nothing less.
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