MEET: TERAN CONDE PARIS

In the heart of Paris lies timeless, high-quality, and sustainable Mediterranean-inspired clothing like no other. Teran Conde Paris cleverly designs and creates stunning, reversable items that transcend the seasons. It was impossible to resist finding out more about this unique company, so I had a lovely chat with founders Beatriz and Esperanza to understand where their inspiration and motivation comes from, and, of course, to find out their favourite pieces!
Esperanza, when creating your designs, where does your inspiration come from?

I've always been an admirer of the Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Balenciaga's volumes and cuts he makes for women have always inspired me to make clothes. The volumes reflect an elegant and sophisticated woman which have always inspired my collections. The style of the 70s is always present in my mind as well, particularly the decade's clothing cuts, colours, and prints.

Beatriz, as an environmentalist, what do you think the main issue with the fashion industry is?

I find the wastage of raw materials with the emergence of fast fashion totally unnecessary. To keep our waste to an absolute minimum, we use dormant fabric stocks from our wonderful Valencian supplier.

What is the manufacturing process like at Teran Conde?

We use a traditional Spanish fabric called Fallas fabric. We source this from a fantastic supplier in Valencia who supply us with their dormant stock. The Fallas fabric is made to order in small quantities and it's a precious fabric made from silk. If you'd like to hear a bit more about the Fallas fabric, there's a whole post about it on the website.

Once we have the fabrics, all the clothes are handmade by the highly skilled Esperanza.
I love the reversibility of your clothes, is this something that is easy for you to do?

If you keep the designs simple, then the reversibility aspect isn't too difficult. Plus, it's really important to have a good base material if you're going to create long lasting reversible pieces.

How often do you bring out new collections?

We bring out very limited collections and we like to think that our pieces transcend the seasons!

Do you both have a favourite piece from the current collection?

Yes! We both absolutely love the Lolita set with its striking green base colour and multicoloured flowers.
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Do you see Teran Conde pieces as being 'forever' pieces?

Yes! All our pieces are made to an exceptional standard with high quality materials. Plus, we make our clothes so that one piece can fit 3 sizes which allows the customer flexibility and creates less waste.

Ultimately, we want people to return to just the essential and remember that less is more. Teran Conde Paris offers a smart wardrobe through reversible clothing so that people can dress in an extremely sophisticated yet responsible way.
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Article by Catherine McAteer
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