LETTER FROM PIA ARROBIO: FOR A SECOND I HAD NO FUTURE PART 2

Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2
Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2

I never knew what I wanted to do. I just knew I was "creative". Have you ever seen the movie Rushmore? I was Max Fischer. By a miracle from God I got into Parsons, where again, I didn't know what I wanted to do. I took every kinda class hoping I'd have an "ah-ha" moment. My fashion illustration class was fun, but everyone else was so f*cking good, it made me question EVERYTHING. I clearly wasn't an illustrator.

I continued to try a little bit more of everything. After waitressing jobs, and internships--I did some PR, some casting and eventually a lot of branding--again, by some miracle from God I ended up designing. While my technical skills weren't there, I had learned enough of the industry to know how women wanted to feel, what trends to follow, what vintage to reference and how to sell it. But still, I needed to learn how to sketch again. So, I pulled out my illustration book from college and started practicing. Listen, I'm not good. I'm not claiming to be good, but I can sketch enough to get the point across.

LPA was the first design job I've had where I had to create large, seasonal collections. I had to come up with a process that ensured I would be happy with the product AND it would still be relevant by the time you guys saw it. It pretty much goes like this: after the initial mood board, my friend Manuel and I sketch and sketch and sketch. We narrow all the sketches down into groups, then select only a few styles per group. This is a nightmare. After said nightmare, we pick what fabric is best for each group, what print is best for that fabric/shape and then what solid color compliments that print...while also looking good in each style. Finally, I proceed to ask my core network of humans their thoughts on the collection. This was the hardest part the first time around. I was at a fork in the road, not knowing I would soon go through some serious personal growth by asking myself one question: "Should I listen to my gut, or what other people are telling me?"

 

Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2
Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2
Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2
Letter From Pia Arrobio: Part 2