We are an independent company, we don’t have one cent from any bank in the world. Our stores, our entities, they are all self-financed by our mother company. It’s not because I’m rich, I’m not rich, I don’t have rich parents or an investor. We have developed a company out of nothing… but we’re till learning and there’s still a lot to do.”of course, with several fashion week cycles every year, designers have to feed a constantly hungry beast with new ideas and innovations – but that’s one thing that Plein says he doesn’t find so challenging. “Inspirations are everywhere. Some people say ‘I go to India, I go here, I go there’ – that’s all [rubbish],” he says.“You can have inspiration watching television at home, reading a book or playing chess. You could see wallpaper and say ‘that’s a great print for a dress’. Or you could see a painting and say wow, I like the colour combination.You have to be open-minded,” he adds finally. It’s advice which perhaps nobody needs to hear more than the fashion industry itself.
Philipp Plein’s autumn/winter collection at New York’s Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday.