This summer I took the opportunity of passing by Paris between trains to meet Clarisse, the founder and designer behind the French brand Wanted Gina. I first saw her creations on the blog Le Dressing de Leeloo and fell in love with them. I therefore wanted to share this discovery with you 🙂
We chatted about her adventure over a cup of tea in the Atelier Beau Travail where she has taken up residence. Worth mentioning that she is also sharing this space with a few other talented designers including Camille from Helmut who I will tell you more about another day!
What is your story?
When I was younger, my grand mother taught me to sew and from then I was regularly sewing. Even though I was interested in fashion design, I actually went on studying law and art history. After my studies, I started working in theatre production for different companies until I joined “Les Grandes Personnes” which is creating shows with giant puppets. There, I rediscovered the pleasure of sewing and that is when I decided to create my brand.
How did you come up with the name Wanted Gina?
I had seen the play “Wanted Petula’ and I found it quite attention catching, it is also a reference to my previous work life. I then looked for a first name that would work well with it. And here you go that is how Wanted Gina was born 🙂
What is Wanted Gina philosophy?
Wanted Gina is all about limited production collections with beautiful cuts and high quality materials. All my designs are original and each piece of clothing is handmade in France with fabrics sourced from France and Italy.
How would you describe Wanted Gina in three words?
Fresh, quirky, versatile as seen by Camille from Helmut
How do you create your collections?
I usually start the creation process by listening to music and putting together mood boards. Every season, my inspiration sources are different and you can actually see it in my collections which are quite versatile. The 2015 Spring/Summer collection has been created listening to Lana Del Rey and was started after I had seen Bill Viola exhibition at the Grand Palais last summer which has led to a feminine range of clothes in pastel colours. On the other hand for this winter, I was really inspired by the nineties and a black and white aesthetic. I listened to The Strokes and other independent rock bands which is probably why you will find this rock edge to the 2015 Autumn/Winter collection.
At the time we met, the Autumn/Winter collection had not been revealed yet so you will only find pictures of pieces from her spring/summer collection whose last ones can still be found one sale here. Check out her e-shop to discover her new collection!