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.