Maisie Wilen

Maisie Wilen

Can you say a few words about this new collection?
This collection was really my study of prints both on the garment and on the body. It was really driven by my process of working hours and hours on the computer, just warping, adding colours and letting the print dictates what the final product will be like.
Do you feel designers need to have a message to say?
Not necessarily. A lot of this ends up being inherently present but I don’t think it’s a requirement to have an overarching political agenda or a statement with the clothes.
Do you feel business and art are opposed?
No. Some of the best pieces can be both artistic and very wearable.
Do you read comments about you?
Honestly, I don’t see that many. I’ve been fortunate to have few haters but I’m not seeking them at all, that is for sure.
Were you stressed out before your presentation during Paris Fashion week? How did you prepare?
Of course, there is stress before the show because so many things need to get done but I got a huge team helping me out. I do have great support. I take everything in stride and it always ends up ok. So it’s not too much to be worried about.
Did you always know you would end up being a fashion designer?
Yes, I was grooming myself to do this since I’m about 12. It’s always been my path. I grew up in Chicago and I went to art high school with the idea that I wanted to study fashion design. Fortunately I went to Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. Then I was the women’s designer at Yeezy for a while before launching this.
I’ve always fantasized about having my own collection but I was intimidated to start it and Kanye offered to help me. [Maisie Wilen]
You were the first designer in Kanye West's incubator program. Is he helping you?
He’s a huge support and always very responsive.
Have you considered working for other brands, big fashion houses?
I’ve always fantasized about having my own collection but I was intimidated to start it and Kanye offered to help me.
What are your main challenges now?
I’m very lucky because there is nothing huge. A lot of those things like being a brand owner and entrepreneur are new to me. There is a lot to learn. It’s also my favorite part of having my own brand so it’s nice.
Is it hard for you to trust your own opinion?
The last season really helped me understand my gut. My best pieces were the ones I was like « I don’t know if this will be popular but I want it so badly that I make it ». The ones I am most excited about are also the ones that have the best responses.
Photo: Zachary Whitford

Maisie Wilen

Can you say a few words about this new collection?
This collection was really my study of prints both on the garment and on the body. It was really driven by my process of working hours and hours on the computer, just warping, adding colours and letting the print dictates what the final product will be like.
Do you feel designers need to have a message to say?
Not necessarily. A lot of this ends up being inherently present but I don’t think it’s a requirement to have an overarching political agenda or a statement with the clothes.
Do you feel business and art are opposed?
No. Some of the best pieces can be both artistic and very wearable.
Do you read comments about you?
Honestly, I don’t see that many. I’ve been fortunate to have few haters but I’m not seeking them at all, that is for sure.
Were you stressed out before your presentation during Paris Fashion week? How did you prepare?
Of course, there is stress before the show because so many things need to get done but I got a huge team helping me out. I do have great support. I take everything in stride and it always ends up ok. So it’s not too much to be worried about.
Did you always know you would end up being a fashion designer?
Yes, I was grooming myself to do this since I’m about 12. It’s always been my path. I grew up in Chicago and I went to art high school with the idea that I wanted to study fashion design. Fortunately I went to Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. Then I was the women’s designer at Yeezy for a while before launching this.
I’ve always fantasized about having my own collection but I was intimidated to start it and Kanye offered to help me. [Maisie Wilen]
You were the first designer in Kanye West's incubator program. Is he helping you?
He’s a huge support and always very responsive.
Have you considered working for other brands, big fashion houses?
I’ve always fantasized about having my own collection but I was intimidated to start it and Kanye offered to help me.
What are your main challenges now?
I’m very lucky because there is nothing huge. A lot of those things like being a brand owner and entrepreneur are new to me. There is a lot to learn. It’s also my favorite part of having my own brand so it’s nice.
Is it hard for you to trust your own opinion?
The last season really helped me understand my gut. My best pieces were the ones I was like « I don’t know if this will be popular but I want it so badly that I make it ». The ones I am most excited about are also the ones that have the best responses.
Photo: Zachary Whitford