“No Pizza, No Party.” To some, including myself, these are words to live by. To Katya Flores, these were the words that caught the attention of Nylon magazine, which lead to a feature in the Nylon Shop. I am excited to introduce Katya Flores, the designer who understands the importance of pizza in the lives of many in our generation, especially Chicago residents.
I met Flores 4 years ago when we both participated in a design competition and I instantly got the cool girl vibe from her. She has a very distinct personal style and a great personality to go with it. Flores graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design and Business Management from Columbia College Chicago. She is a talented designer who is following a dream she has had since the 6th grade. With designs that range from contemporary wear to street-wear, Flores has an ethnic and eclectic aesthetic. Like many of us creatives, Flores has multiple jobs and while we were unable to have a formal interview, she was kind enough to answer questions for me via email.
OA: Where does your artistic influence come from?
KF: I'm influenced by different things and people. I really like my work to be eclectic and ethnic inspired.
OA: What is your philosophy about the art of fashion?
KF: You express yourself through clothes, you choose what you want to wear according to your mood or personality. I think that's really cool and I really enjoy putting outfits together every day.
OA: What is your design process?
KF: My design process varies. Sometimes I have a concept in mind, but other times I fall in love with fabric and I let it inspire me.
OA: What is the most challenging part of being a designer?
KF: The most challenging thing about being a designer is the struggle of making it. It's a tough industry.
OA: How does your work reflect your personal style?
KF: My style is very quirky and eccentric. You'll most likely find me wearing prints on prints and lots of color.
OA: Who is your dream client?
KF: My dream client would probably have to be either Solange, Sky Ferreira, Zoe Kravitz or Mexican pop star Belinda.
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By Omotola Akinbiyi