INTERVIEW ON KULTBLUT: ONE TO WATCH: SPENDTHRIFT
Altatoram 2019 was really full of a new gem to discover. Spendthrift was definitely one of those. Playing with graphics and with materials, this streetwear brand is here to give quality clothing but also to bring a part of history in their pieces.
KALTBLUT: Hello. Welcome to KALTBLUT. Why have you decided to participate at ALTAROMA 2019?
Spendthrift: Altaroma is a very interesting project that highlights Made in Italy and allows us to face with the most famous fashion designers and with the international press.
KALTBLUT: Can you tell us something about the collection you presented at the ALTAROMA 2019? What was your inspiration?
Spendthrift: “BACK TO THE FUTURE” spring/summer 2020 collection represents the beginning of Spendthrift artistic journey. “We go back to our first graphic concept, passing through different cultures and historical periods, proposing iconic images and plays of painting”. Taking inspiration from the movie “ Back to the future” we undertook a journey: from ancient Greece to the Renaissance and from Punk to Pop. Graphic themes intersect mash-up and plays of colours in which Zeus is wearing a pair of Off-White Nike, Medusa becomes a Blogger and “ La dama con l’ermellino” of Leonardo da Vinci becomes an Influencer. This collection confirms the unconventional street-wear soul of the Brand that combines history, art, and culture together with new trends. Soften lines and reduced volumes are new spring/summer 2020 mood. Each piece of this collection express the Spendthrift concept: “Be extravagant and dare without limits”.
KALTBLUT: What kind of material did you use for the collection?
Spendthrift: Jersey remains the primary fabric on which to express creations with colours that recall a summer sunset on an Umbrian marble quarry. In this collection, knitwear gains the upper hand on sweatshirts with big printings on jacquard sweaters. A soften fitting and fringed hems emphasize the street-style. The strong Asian influence is underlined by the fabric choice: pipeline and twill cotton. Shirts have softened lines and are extremely minimal.
KALTBLUT: What challenges did you face during the design process?
Spendthrift: The main challenge was the creation of knitwear, a brand new project that represents Spendthrift’s stylistic path, always evolving and looking for new fittings with a combination of comfy and minimal style.
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your self and your work?
Spendthrift: In Spendthrift we work together in great synergy as a team. We share every idea and every vision with huge enthusiasm. Creativity and ambition, with a view to tradition, are the adjectives that describe ourselves and our work.
KALTBLUT: What would you say that is the biggest influence on your design process?
Spendthrift: The biggest influence on our design process comes from our territory, but obviously we are not immune to international influences. Colors, landscapes, and scents: every detail becomes a creative inspiration.
KALTBLUT: If you had not become a fashion designer, what would you do instead?
Spendthrift: Honestly, we really don’t know…the only thing we know is that we had a dream and we are doing all our best to fulfill it.
KALTBLUT: Who’s your dream client?
Spendthrift: We are our dream client. Our purpose is to create pieces of clothing that we can wear. It’s a never-ending challenge, cause we are the first critics of our work.
KALTBLUT: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Spendthrift: We would like to continue having fun while creating and design our clothing with a mix of different styles, with special attention to traditions and Made in Italy.
KALTBLUT: Where Can we buy your pieces?
Spendthrift: This collection will be available from February 2020 at spendthriftbrand.com
Photography by @caludiocoppolafotografo