"The best pleasure is the creatively, the stretching, not accepting the ordinary; you can buy a house or you can buy a suitcase. My BELT TOUR begins;
I worry as if it was day one when no one knew me. It’s equally as hard as it is when everyone knows you and they’re expecting it. It’s a lonely spot if you’re going to be the leader, you’ve got to be able to hear and at the same time take in; and trust your judgement. It’s lonely but also exhilarating, because the lonely spots are where people made it. It’s about the stretch and if you look at all the people you’ve ever admired in your life, they stretched.
I am going on my own Belt Tour to design belts in and about cities across the world; around their culture, their lifestyle, how they live, what they’re doing, what they wear, I want to know new people, new characters and drive their themes and their inspiration into my belts.
When you start a collection from the beginning it’s the most painful thing in the world because you don’t know where you’re going. I say to myself did I do the right thing, did I dig deep enough into my creatively to come up with something new or am I settling for something that feels good to me. I think the best thing that ever happened to me was that I was able to express myself and find talents I didn’t think I had. I’m drawing inspiration from my life, from history, from movies, from books, from everything I see, put it together and try to make a statement.
Fashion is about change, it’s about youth, it’s about aspiration and it’s about what’s going on in the world; it’s a blend of all the things that are happening coming from many different directions.
You’ve got to create something and make it new every season. The concept of how it gets presented to you; becomes the total art piece to me. Part of the excitement is breaking rules, knowing the rules, breaking the rules and making them even better.
This is not a job; this is a joy. This is what I breathe, this is what I live and I think if I cut that off, I’d be cutting part of my soul. It is your moment, with the fears, the scares and all the danger signs that you see when you’re working; then there’s that exhilarating sense of I’ve got something, I’ve got something going, yeah I wouldn’t trade this with anybody.
Everything I have always done has been for my own emotion and it was never done for a brand or a label. It was done because I feel it. It’s a passion, it’s a love and my goal is to search out on my Belt Tour and bring all that to the world of CM®. See you at the airport!"