Angelys Balek

 

How did it feel to be a finalist for the Avery Dennison Emerging Fashion Brand Award in the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013?

I felt honoured to be nominated as a finalist and very happy to be in the same room with so many established and talented designers. It is amazing to be recognised by your peers, especially when I am only at the beginning of my journey as a fashion designer.

 How does your collection empower women?

The collection empowers women with its femininity in its style and design. The prints are distinctive and one of a kind which allow the women to confidently wear the pieces for day and/or evening occasions.

What are your inspirations when your designing your range?  

My inspirations come from my past experiences traveling to art shows in Europe and my everyday life living in Bangkok, New York and London. I love that I get to travel a lot for my job as a designer and get to explore new cities and new places.  My creativity is ignited by visiting museums and soaking up the local culture.

What does it take to be a credible designer?

I work 24/7, I never stop thinking about my designs and my company. I am the first to get into work and the last to leave. I treat each collection as though it is my first collection and I give it my all.

What are your biggest achievements to date?

One of my biggest achievements is being nominated as an Emerging Brand by WGSN in 2013 it confirms all I have achieved and the hard work I have put in to bring Angelys Balek to where it is now. I am also very proud of my flagship shop in the heart of Siam Square, Bangkok as well as the calibre of celebrities both in Thailand and the US who are wearing my designs on the red carpet.

 

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in fashion?

You need to know someone with deep pockets! Starting a fashion label is not easy and it certainly isnt cheap. You need a lot of cash upfront to buy the fabrics and put the line into production so having investors on board at the start are key. Also be realistic and be ready to change your life. You need to have incredible determination to succeed and this is going to require a lot of sacrifice in your personal life but if you love what you do, its easy to give up the work/life balance.

Can you tell us about your launch in the UK?

Following my nomination for the Avery Dennison Emerging Fashion Brand Award at WGSNs Global Fashion Awards, I decided the time was right to launch in the UK. We are currently meeting with retailers and working with media such as yourself to help spread the word about Angelys Balek and have just launched internationally with the online retailer Shopbop where a selection of Angelys Balek dresses are available.

Where did your passion for all things fashion begin?

My passion for fashion began when I was very young – I would dress up my dolls and later myself and my friends. I have never had another job, fashion designer is it and there is no Plan B!

 Where do you see your brand in the future?

I would like Angelys Balek to be successful all over the world; and especially to be known for my hand-made prints. And my ultimate dream is to be recognised by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

 

To view this exquisite collection please visit Angelys Balek.

 

 

 

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