You've describe yourself as an ‘unabashed classicist,’ but you clearly design for the here-and-now. How do you strike the perfect balance?
Honestly, the balance isn't easy to achieve, but the tension between the classic and modern is the creative sweet spot. Agnona's pre-a-porter was born in the 1970s with soft fluid tailoring and knitwear - it was the birth of ready-to-wear but with a couture fabric legacy. What's more modern than that?
What’s your favorite discovery about the brand (and its archives) made during your tenure?
Certainly the wealth and depth of creativity - Agnona is often perceived as a camel coat and nice knitwear. In reality, it has a history of expressive color and fabric innovation developed for the most forward-looking and avant-garde designers of the 1960s and 70s. I played with this quite liberally for the SS18 collection shown in Milan in September. Agnona's secret history of color and beauty is a revelation in style.