23 December 2012

Moo Piyasombatkul | Eyewear Designer Interview

Talented Thai Designer Moo Piyasombatkul's success as an exceptional eyewear designer in the fashion world is no surprise, we honestly saw this coming and are proud to say that we were one of the 1st blogs to write about her in the Middle East, Click Here to read my post about her last year. Now she's going strong and I've personally decided to put her shades on my 2013 Shopping List and so should all of you! Her personality is revealed little by little through her work and her artistic, funny yet quirky persona shines all over it, you'll know what I'm talking about right away after reading her answers to these questions..


Last year you were one of the 1st designers whose glasses & shades were inspired by baroque style, tell us more about it & how did it happen..
Actually it was my graduation project I did at Central Saint Martins, where I did BA Jewellery Design Course.

When did you realize you wanted to become a sunglasses & accessories designer?
I've always loved wearing statement accessories, one or two, and it's good to go. So for this project I wanted to design and make something for myself, something that reflects who I am and what my style is.  

What inspires you to make a new piece?
My life style, what I like or "obsessed" with at the time.  

Do you plan to expand your talent to other kinds of design? 
Let's see  :-) 

When you see big celebs like Lady Gaga wearing your glasses, how do you feel? does it make you feel more pressured when you're designing a new collection now?
I felt honored and actually it gave me a big boost to create new things for my fans. I always appreciate seeing anyone wearing my designs anyway, it's a great feedback. I love seeing my clients because each of them are unique in character and it is always good to know what they look like and who I am designing for.  

Your photo-shoots  seem so retro & artistic, do you contribute the ideas yourself? tell us more about your last campaign & the concept behind it.
My lookbook always reflect who I am because initially I designed for myself, I am my own muse. It's all about what I wear, my style, my life style and the atmosphere. For example, for the first collection (Baroque Eyes, White Porcelain), models are all wearing white shirts, because I always wear white shirts. My inspiration came from tea room interiors, so anywhere that has antique decorations, I tend to go! 


What does design, style & fashion mean to you?
Design= functional, practical+ style = fashion.

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, shows, magazines or books?
Style.com especially photos by Tommy Ton, Wallpaper Magazine, Interior, Elle Decorations, Travel + Leisure Magazine and VOGUE.

Do you have a fashion icon/icons, tell us about them if so..
My mum is my fashion icon because she dresses appropriately for her age but still playful and sophisticated.  

Name 3 fashion items you can't live without..
I don't think that it's necessary for me to follow fashion, but it's essential to know your own style and what makes you YOU! So what I can't live without would be pieces that I always have as "classics" that never let me down: red lipstick - black satin pointy (high) heels - my MOO sunglasses :-)

Name 3 celebs or artists or fashion editors who you'd like to see wearing from your collections..
Anna Wintour (we have the same hair style (bob), and she always wearing sunglasses) - Karl Lagerfeld - legend!! and Chloe Sevigny - cool style with attitude!

Name 3 shops you personally buy from religiously..
Browns (London) www.brownsfashion.com always on my speed dial! - CHANEL always classics - Opening Ceremony - quirky items.

Name 3 cities you didn't expect to get orders from..
Kuwait - Portugal - Romania.

Where can our readers find out more about you and your amazing work?
My intsagram & twitter @mooeyewear - Facebook MOO Piyasombatkul (eyewear) - email MOOpiyasombatkul@gmail.com.

Interview Questions by: Amal Ismail
Collage: Hussa Al-Tubbaji & Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of mooeyewear, vogue, elle, Schon, Carven and google search

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