“Clothes are the words to emotion, the ultimate form of self-expression.”Timothy George
Timothy George is innately curious about how things are made. This deep fascination intrigued him to explore the fine craftsmanship and fabrication of high-end garments. Lacking a formal fashion background, Timothy found himself on the chaotic streets of New York’s garment district seeking “the way to his passion”. His dedication to achieve landed him an internship with one of the industry’s most respected garment factories. During the four years working in the factory, he was devoted to train with skilled craftsmen from draping, cutting, hand sewing, fabrication, to technical constructions. Following that, he trained with Franco Maselli, a custom hand-made suit tailor and pattern maker that traditionally trained in Italy. As a result, Timothy George’s garments essentially focus on the precision of construction, architectural appearance, and the innovative use of fabrics.
“Every moment in time deserves an exclusive, crafted design”Timothy George
UD: Please tell us a bit about yourself what is your educational and professional background and how do you feel it prepared you for a career in design?
TG: I actually don’t have any formal fashion training, but I did go to University for Public Relations, graduated with a degree in actually I don’t know what the hell the degree was in… anyway moving on. This helped me a lot because it made me realize A. I am NEVER wearing a tie to work. & B. that I will never ever get a job in Public Relations. It was soon after that I saw, wow if I don’t do something that I love then what is the point of doing anything at all?
This is when I went to seek a real fashion education, and I got it from the streets of NYC. I knew I couldn't afford fashion school on top of going to University and I was already 2 years into it so I decided that I would have to find an alternative. Very simple, my only option was to go to NYC and start knocking on doors looking for someone who could teach me. This is exactly what I did; I was able to find a high end Atelier who did production for major brands to take me in. Fast forward 3 years later I was slowly gaining all the knowledge I needed to start designing. And that’s how it all started
UD: When did you first get in touch with fashion, what was your earliest fashion memory?
TG: Well funny as it may sound, my earliest fashion memory is when I was a little toddler. I explicitly remember absolutely refusing to wear jeans! I remember like it was yesterday they would itch me so bad! I couldn't take it, so my Mom had to buy me corduroys (every color) those were about the only slacks I could stand! Now it’s quite the opposite.
UD: What made you decided to get in fashion and specifically to start your own line?
TG: This question is actually a who instead of a what haha! The beginning of my fashion interest started when I met a luxury accessory designer by the Name Rene Lautrec. Lautrec noticed that I had an innate sense for detail and deep appreciation for quality; it was at that point that he encouraged me to try to design. I, confused and not knowing anything about design soon came to find that designing was much more then drawing lines on paper. It took a while I would say about 2 years but I liked the idea and decided to move forward with designing so I went seeking the next steps to making my drawings a reality.
UD: What is the best part about your job?
TG: The best part of my job really all comes down to one thing, that moment when my ideas come to a reality. I love creating; it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. There aren’t many jobs out there that allow you to go through the creative process completely; there is nothing better than, having an idea one day and the next having that idea in physical form.
UD: What is a typical day like in the life of Timothy George?
TG: Typical day, wake up grab my phone, check my e-mail (usually there is not much) I’m much more of a phone guy I like to call people I think e-mail is to impersonal. Then I will check my Twitter and Facebook accounts that is my daily news. It puts me in the fashion groove, all the tweets (and I actually read almost all of them) from all around the world are waiting for me to read! Love That! Once I get to the office I grab a coffee and then I start thinking it’s funny because when you work for yourself you have to create what is next half of my day is consumed with thinking what I need to do the other half is doing it. Most designers who have a start up brand like mine actually don’t design but 10% of the time, its running the business that they have to do (thank God I have a very capable business partner that helps me with this). I hate this but it’s a real reality, so I made a pact with myself that I will not leave the office unless I created something new. I do this because I refuse to become a statistic so although it’s a true fact most designers only design 10% of the time I make sure it’s not true with me, funny thing most of the time I don’t even use what I made/sketched/draped for a collection but I still need to do it…it’s all about being loyal to yourself! After I design one new thing my day is typically by now it’s usually 8-9:00. Back home and well what happens at home isn’t all that interesting, involves a glass of wine and magazines, and no I do not watch TV, 3-4 hours a month max!
UD: How do you classify fashion as an art and fashion as a business?
TG: Fashion as an Art, well all fashion is an art, it’s the art of making something, and like any art you have levels. High fashion is the art of meticulous detail and innovation such as Haute Couture and bridge lines or contemporary fashions may be considered “lower” art. Everything that needs to be created involves some type of art. When it comes to business the definition of art/fashion becomes a bit different, fashion as a business turns into an art of creating sales. The business side of fashion tends to make fashion a bit cheap, not necessarily in a price point type of way but in the way that many artistic ideas have to be limited. Sometimes I wish clothing was free! This would create an amazing world of fashion!
UD: What do you wish you had known before entering the fashion industry?
TG: I will save 10 trees and not answer this question completely! If I could sum it up in one major sentence it would be, “understanding that what you see is not exactly what you get”
UD: Being Based in New York, how and in what way does the big apple inspire Timothy George?
TG: I am a huge fan of European fashion and NYC helps me because we have so many tourists here, it’s so easy to spot new ideas and new styles of how to wear things and how to uniquely pull off an outfit.
UD: What types of clothes do you enjoy designing?
TG: I love designing Blazers because you can incorporate structure and I am a big fan of structured clothing, also I like to be on top. Blazers are always the last to get put on and the first to be seen!
UD: How would you describe Timothy George woman? How do you imagine her feeling in your Designs?
TG: The Timothy George woman is adventurous and a bit rebellious, she does not care to show off a bit and she knows what looks good on her body. She is romantic, but not only with others but with herself as well. She knows how she wants to be treated when she is in my designs she feels unique, she feels covered yet free. Specifically for this collection she feels like she has armor on, something that allows her to cover her body but in doing this it frees her to attack what is ahead!
UD: Your Designs are visionary, perfectly crafted and Glamorous, how do you gain inspiration for your designs?
TG: First I will try to come up with a theme make a mood board or 5 hah…after that, my actual design inspiration comes from the draping doll. I love to be hands on; fabric inspires my design when it comes to draping I love creating lines and creating shapes on the body that people would not think were possible. If it’s shocking, it’s very Timothy George.
UD: In your newest collection, what was the theme for the collection? And what was the main aesthetics you have used?
TG: This new collection was inspired by lady Knight. The Jackets and coats all are inspired by armor that a Knight may wear. If you look close the lines on the jackets all look like layered pieces of armor plates. Armor requires movement so I was inspired to make the pieces structured yet light with easy mobility!
UD: From being a huge fan of your collection, I noticed you like to concentrate on the basics and the classic items. Why do you think this is important?
TG: I feel very strongly that classic items are important to my client therefore that are important to me. Anyone can make a crazy piece that can be worn to a pool party or to a circus but the classic items require a unique sensibility in their design. I feel I can connect with my client when designing something that is worn often and something that is essential in their wardrobe. It creates a challenge at times, Yes. But it is worth the result. My client has high expatiations when it comes to staple items and I am up for the challenge.
UD: What are you currently working on?
TG: I am currently working on sales for fall and designing my new spring collection.
UD: How would you describe your own personal style?
TG: Anti corporate. If you would see it in a business meeting you won’t see it on me. Also I don’t wear sweat pants, just had to make that clear.
UD: Who are your style icons?
TG: I love Jonny Depps style I think he is never caring what anyone says, and never does what is expected.
UD: What current trend in fashion attracts you the most?
TG: I’m not really into trends because stylists make trends, that’s their job… mine is to create what is beautiful if it becomes trend then great!
UD: Who do you most respect in the industry currently?
TG: Any struggling designer, I respect them because I know what it feels like to devote your life for what you love and the pain that may come with it.
UD: Where do you see Timothy George in five years?
TG: In Paris.
UD: What’s the best advice you can give a designer who’s just starting out?
TG: You can do Anything you put Other people’s minds to….it’s all about the Team!