This week we are thrilled to interview Dutch designer Fenny Faber. Just one year after graduating the Utrecht School of Arts in Fashion Design, she decided she would be her own boss and started her label named FENNY FABER. She works by the motto “less is more” this translates into her minimalistic, timeless and feminine designs. Fenny is most inspired by geometrical shapes, something you can find in each of her pieces.
Where do you get your inspiration when creating a collection?
Oh, that varies a lot! Anything I see around me on the street, in nature or architecture can be my source of inspiration. This could be an interesting line on a building or trash on the street that has an intriguing composition, it really depends on what I run into that day. It’s funny because it’s actually never fashion that inspires me to create fashion. I have a photo diary on my Instagram pagewhere I post all the things that catch my eye, so you could call this my inspiration log.
Was working in fashion something you always wanted to do?
I knew since I was very young that I wanted to attend art school, I just didn’t know what art form I wanted to pursue. I’ve thought about becoming a ballerina or study the art of painting but when I was 12 I knew for sure that fashion was my calling. I started sewing very young because my mom taught textile and sewing in schools, so I learned quite a lot about textile very early in my life.
Can you tell us a bit more about the manufacturing process of your collections?
Well, we make the patterns, samples and designs ourselves. Actually the only thing we don’t do is the production of large orders, this is something we outsource. My manufacturer is currently in the Netherlands but I’ve worked with a lot of different factories all over Europe, but in the end, I decided to move the production back to Holland. Finding the right supplier is a very hard task but I’m very happy with the one I found now.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Create your own path and keep going.
Sustainable fashion is a very ‘hot’ topic now. Does sustainability influence your business decisions?
To me sustainability is very important, I take it into account with every decision I make. The clothes I make are of high quality and you can wear them for more than one season especially because I don’t follow trends in my collections. Every piece is timeless and meant to be worn year after year instead of being thrown away after one season. Also, everything is produced locally and I try to obtain my fabrics the most sustainable possible way for example by buying remaining stock.
Which surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
I’ve learned so much since I started my brand. At school, I never learned anything about starting a company so I had to learn the whole business part myself. But the thing that hit me the most was how hard it is to find the right manufacturer, especially because I totally did not expect this. And I’m not the only one, I hear it from designer friends all the time. It’s really one of the biggest issues young brands and designers face.
What advice would you give to young designers wanting to start their own brands?
First I would say, know what you’re getting yourself into because it’s not going to be easy. Then, make sure to write a business plan and believe in yourself even when nothing is going as planned.