Essentielxdisney - Exclusive interview with Tom

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19 december 2015

Discover the inspiration behind the collection of ESSENTIELXDISNEY in our exclusive interview with Tom De Poortere.

WE LAUNCHED A SECOND COLLECTION WITH DISNEY. WHY DID ESSENTIEL CHOOSE ALICE IN WONDERLAND?
The story of Alice in Wonderland has always intrigued us. It was a challenge and a privilege for us to design a collection of one of the most famous Disney characters. Her quirky, colorful, weird but cute personality matches our brand really well. For this collection we focused on Alice and the cat Cheshire.

ARE YOU A DISNEY FAN AND WHY?
I am a big fan! I think there is a great interaction with the audience, young and old. The whole pop culture around Disney is amazing. I have always loved their amusements parks and visited them all (yes I did), all the attractions are perfectly made to the smallest detail. But I still stay sceptic, I don’t like everything that Disney does.

Essentielxdisney - Interview with Tom De Poortere

WHICH DISNEY CHARACTER IS YOUR FAVORITE?
It is difficult to choose my ultimate favorite character. But if I have to choose one or two, I would say The Squeeze Toy Alien (aka Little Green Men) and also the main character of Monsters Inc, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ALICE COLLECTION AND OUR FIRST DISNEY COLLECTION WITH BASHFUL?
This Alice collection is more elaborate than our first collection with Bashful. We have more variation in styles: skirts, sweaters, t-shirts, pants, bags,.. Full silhouettes that you can combine perfectly with our other collections like the Pre Spring collection, our collection between Winter and Summer. For this collection we have expanded our sources, we made a jacquard fabric created especially for the Alice collection, woven in a factory in Holland. The outcome is the lovely A-line skirt LOUROSE. You can definitely say that we are happy with this collection, it is a magical theme that suits the holiday spirit. A perfect gift under the Christmas tree.

Essentielxdisney - Interview with Tom De Poortere

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COLLECTION? THE INSPIRATION, THE STYLE AND THE COLORS?
We first started to analyze Alice’s personality and interpret how Alice would dress if she would be living in the year 2015. We wanted to translate her quirkiness into wearable fashion. In every item of the collection you can find the spirit of Alice in Wonderland.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SHOOT IN DISNEYLAND PARIS?
It was an experience I will never forget! It was a challenge to follow all the guidelines of Disneyland, we needed to prepare the shoot from A to Z in the smallest detail. But the result was there, Disneyland was so happy to work with us and they said they have never worked with a so well organized team! If I could share one of my favorite moments it would be in the big amusement park at 5.30: silent, no people screaming, no lines, just us with the colorful magical attractions.

Essentielxdisney - Interview with Tom De Poortere

WHO IS THIS COLLECTION MADE FOR?
Everybody who is young at heart. For all the Alices around!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE?
Tom and Inge: Definitely the LYS sweater!!

 

Essentielxdisney - Interview with Tom De Poortere 

Essentielxdisney - Interview with Tom De Poortere

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