First of all thankyou for your kind interview. When the magazines get in touch with me for interviews Globally, that always reminds me “I should focus to present myself as designer in Global Fashion Industry rather than being local.
16.10 (16 October) on the logo of the brand represents our founding date, and the double dot rep- resents the ‘’i’’ in the relief letters used by the visually impaired; İdil, İrem, and İstan- bul as the first letter.
After graduating from Tarsus American Col- lege, I studied Textile Development and Marketing in a double degree program or- ganized by Istanbul Technical University and Fashion Institute of Technology.
I passed Uludağ University Faculty of Education Fine Arts Education Department in matriculation, but I remember me taking the matriculation for İstanbul İstasyon Art Academy of Fine Arts.
During my undergradu- ate studies, I was intro- duced to the weaving loom, and I started to weave alternative fabrics with alternative materials through intrinsic moti- vators. Defining the gap has always been my main goal, but, believe me, I still do not know why. In a way, I’m interpreting and narrating my feelings through the gap.
As you know, my design journey started in Vakko, one of Turkey’s biggest institution. I left from this institution where I worked for 16 years at the bottom, to build my own brand. Vakko is an insti- tution with very crystal dynamics and design concept is shaped on this.
I’m an artist and illustrator from Istanbul. I have been creating print designs for international fast fashion brands, illustrations for ad agencies etc. When I felt unsatisfied from commercial de- sign, I started creating artwork for my personal collection. Re- cently, I’ve been focusing more on my personal illustrations and artwork than commercial proje- cts, as I feel more satisfied and happier.
I started my journey as soon as I graduated from school. I had a social life when I was a student. When my education was over, I was not late enough to decide to start my own workshop.
My tendency towards fashion goes back to my childhood years, but I started to actively participate in the sector in 1991 when I worked as a fashion editor in various magazines.