What do you expect from this experience at Pitti Uomo and The Latest Fashion Buzz?
What we're most excited about is sharing our collection and brand with the industry. It's something we've worked hard on as a team, and are very proud of.
It's the people who make Pitti Uomo great. We're looking forward to meeting with new buyers and editors, reconnecting with familiar faces, and discovering new brands.
What are your professional projects for the future?
We have a lot of exciting professional projects on the horizon, including a collaboration with a well-known menswear brand, and continue to develop our bespoke service TroubadourFor.
In terms of design projects for Troubadour in upcoming seasons, we begin by exploring how we can make our existing collection of even more use to our customer. This means we may alter certain features, play with elements such as color, or add specific items to the collection that are particularly useful to our customer, like we have done with the Key Holder and Laptop Sleeve in our A/W'14 collection. However although our designs are consistently evolving in subtle ways, the core products and their aesthetic remains constant. We will continue to have one Day Bag, rather than thirty different ones for our customer to choose from as we believe in quality, rather than quantity.
From what a Designer must begin to give style to women/men, without giving their identity up?
We favor a classic, minimalist aesthetic that allows the quality of our products to speak for themselves, rather than being covered in logos, but also allows the owner a lot of scope for individuality. Our values and philosophy when it comes to good design, mirror that of our customer, so neither side has to compromise their identity.
All of our products are designed in line with our identity as individuals and a brand. They are also made to subtly enhance the identity of their owner as someone who has distinguished taste, and cares greatly about the quality of their items. Our bespoke service allows people to customise our products in whatever colors or details they want, however this is separate from our core collection which will always provide and classic and timeless style to consumers, and reflect our brand identity. This is something we will never compromise.
When did your passion for fashion and design begin?
Abel and I met during our finance jobs in the City, so we definitely do not have a traditional 'fashion and design background.' We've always appreciated good design, whether it's in terms of fashion, art, or architecture. For us, function has always played a key part in this.
In fact, it was our need to combine good function and design that led to the creation of Troubadour as we struggled to find a functional and aesthetically pleasing bag that would be just as appropriate for business meetings, as it would going to the gym after work, or travelling with friends on the weekend.
We were unable to find one, so we decided to create one for ourselves. This led to an eighteen month odyssey across Europe, visiting leather tanneries, manufacturers, and artisans to find the best materials and people to create the ideal bag.
It was then that we really became inspired and passionate about not only great design, but about sharing the techniques and the stories of the incredible people we met along the way.
Whilst we appreciate fashion, our true passion is in creating something with a classic and timeless design that will be as stylish in twenty years as it is today.
What are the key pieces - the real must-haves - of your collection?
It is very difficult to choose just one because the purpose for each product is different. That said, there is a special place in our hearts for the Weekender since it is the product that got our whole Troubadour adventure going. We’re also very proud of our Rucksack, especially the unique buckle detail which was inspired by a vintage WW2 sniper rifle. In terms of the smaller items in the collection, we love our new Billfold Wallet, which is one of the slimmest on the market, and our Key Holder, which has a really innovative design.
Who is the designer who inspires you?
We really do try and take inspiration from everything around us, not just the fashion world. We have deep appreciation for the likes of Georg Jensen and Jonathan Ive, or an architect like John Pawson. We admire the simplicity and functional purpose they bring to their designs.
We try to adhere to Dieter Rams' ten principles of good design.
He believed that good design is:
thought to the last detail
as little design as possible
and so do we!