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ITAL­IAN FRANCESCO IS A CRE­ATIVE DE­SIGNER WITH ONE FOOT PLANTED IN MI­LAN AND THE OTHER RIGHT HERE IN BALI. HE ES­TAB­LISHED HIS OWN NAME­SAKE FASH­ION LA­BEL IN 2011, WHOSE OUT­PUT IS MAINLY PRO­DUCED ON THE IS­LAND. THIS QUIRKY AND IM­PUL­SIVE DE­SIGNER TALKS TO ABOUT THE CRE­ATIVE PROCESS. I first got into de­sign­ing when I was very young. At el­e­men­tary school I won a few de­sign prizes. My par­ents gave me their whole­hearted sup­port, ar­rang­ing for me to take cour­ses in my free time. In ju­nior high school, I started to in­cor­po­rate fash­ion into the de­sign­ing process, in­spired by both my grand­moth­ers hav­ing been tai­lors. I learned the se­cret of a tra­di­tional hand­made process now largely for­got­ten in the fast­paced fash­ion in­dus­try.

I get my in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent sources. It can be from a movie, an ex­hi­bi­tion, or sim­ply the dis­cov­ery of a beau­ti­ful tex­ture. Then my mind starts to cre­ate ideas that I later de­velop into de­signs.

My style in de­sign­ing is def­i­nitely cor­re­lated to my per­sonal style. I’m very play­ful, and in all my pieces there must be some funny yet wear­able print or shape to make it spe­cial. Some of my sig­na­ture pieces are the hand-knit­ted sailor shorts with a ’50s sea­side re­sort feel, and also the tees with hand-printed cry­ing faces and em­broi­dery de­tails.

My great­est achieve­ment so far is prob­a­bly be­ing se­lected by Vogue mag­a­zine for the Vogue tal­ents. It was just amaz­ing to know my style was ap­pre­ci­ated by those fash­ion in­sid­ers.

When fac­ing de­signer’s block I like to make a rush with last­minute work. It is when I’m un­der pres­sure that I am most en­light­ened. The cra­zi­est work I’ve ever done was when I sewed four whole out­fits with my own hands for a fash­ion show at the Mi­lan Fash­ion Academy. I care­fully hand­crafted each piece, al­though my pro­fes­sor still thinks I paid some­one to do it for me. Nowa­days I have my own tai­lors here in Bali, so you won’t see me stitch­ing a whole piece very of­ten. Check out Francesco Alosi col­lec­tion at The Clos°et bou­tique in Seminyak.

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