Introducing the People Behind Wemanage Group: Silvia Albani, Arebour’s Fashion Consultant
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The second of our many mighty team members telling us all about herself is Silvia Albani, Arebour’s Fashion Consultant.
My name is Silvia Albani and first and foremost, I think I can define myself as an experimental designer. I would say this is linked to my approach to research and experimentation, as I work a lot with colour and textile design. I do this personally, for my own clients and for Arebour.
What’s your role at Arebour Studio?
I work as a Fashion Consultant, although I started as a project assistant. Some of the clients I work with are Amotea, Silversea, and I previously worked on Le Sirenuse Positano and on Marella and Marella Sport. What my job mainly entails is a research of trends and colours for the season on which we are going to work, and then the realization of a colour chart. For some clients, I also realize hand-dyed colour charts (especially for Marella and Marella Sport), which are samples that we then give to the customer. Lastly, I also deal with the research of fabrics, scouting for the perfect textiles in fairs and online.
Your favourite thing about Arebour Studio and Wemanage Group
What I love the most about Arebour is the versatility of the job. Having different clients and for each client doing a specific job, then adapting to any change. I love that I can work on so many different things and that I never have the same thing to do.
How did you start working as a designer and fashion consultant?
I’ve been working with Wemanage since 2017, and I started as a project assistant. Starting out as a project assistant was super formative, although I had actually worked with Alessandro before I graduated from NABA in fashion design. I worked with him on the I Was A Sari project. Yet, when I started out working for Arebour and Wemanage, I began by doing several things that a design student doesn’t necessarily expect to do. I remember starting out by learning admin and by dealing with suppliers right away which I had never done, of course. I believe it was very good training, I don’t question that at all. Now I also consult for my own clients, adding in design and project management skills.
A piece of advice you’d give so someone starting a career similar to yours?
One piece of advice I would give a student is to be open to any experience, and if you don’t immediately find your dream job, accept a type of experience that is not necessarily related to what you have studied. I started working for an agency (Arebour) but in a job that dealt with the administrative part and with suppliers. Then came the design part, where I was appointed to the role of project assistant and assisted in design development. So yes, what I recommend is to accept any kind of experience that can be related to the design world. To be as open-minded and versatile as possible.
In your opinion, which are the challenges a design studio has to face nowadays?
I believe a design studio must primarily be alert to social change including environmental change and have increased attention and sensitivity to outside elements, as well as be constantly updated on changes and needs of its clients.
How vital is sustainability in your work?
Sustainability is very important. I think the main objective of the designer is to educate, to build knowledge, to educate the consumer. The sustainability aspect is very, very important. In fact, I still read and study in order to provide my clients and Arebour with the necessary updates on new developments. The workshop in collaboration with the Fashion department of the Politecnico helped me a lot — it gave me knowledge and information that I lacked and also helped me a lot with terms.
How do you see the future of fashion design?
I can’t really imagine what will happen — I’m just hoping for the best. There has been a boom of information about the possible changes it could face and honestly, I’m a bit hesitant, but I hope that the fashion industry will be able to be completely sustainable in the upcoming future. It’s a hope that we all have and I know many companies and brands are already working in that direction. I don’t think it will happen anytime soon, but I hope that we will all be more responsible and careful, have more culture about it. And also be less superficial, because I still perceive a lot of superficiality in the approach to fashion design.
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