The good folks at SSENSE posted an interview today with croatian-born designer Damir Doma . In it, Damir speaks candidly on a variety of topics from his mother’s influence on him to the industry to how SILENT has developed over time.

YOU’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK ALONGSIDE INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS LIKE RAF SIMONS AND DIRK SCHÖNBERGER – TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU TOOK FROM THE EXPERIENCE? 

WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT FASHION AND THOSE DESIGNERS, THEY MOSTLY SEE THE SURFACE, BUT THE SURFACE IS NOT REALLY INTERESTING FOR ME. FOR ME, THE MOST INTERESTING PART ABOUT MY PERIOD IN ANTWERP WAS SEEING HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO MANAGE YOUR OWN BUSINESS, DIRK AND ALSO RAF WERE BOTH STRUGGLING, IN A WAY. 

THAT’S THE STRANGE THING ABOUT FASHION – THAT THERE ARE THESE TWO SIDES: THE WHOLE PRESS SIDE, THAT LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THE EXCITEMENT OF THE FASHION WORLD BUT THEN THE REALITY OF OUR BUSINESS IS SOMETIMES A BIT MORE BRUTAL AND REAL, AND THAT WAS A VERY IMPORTANT LESSON FOR ME. 

Read the rest of the interview HERE

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