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They say the first collection of designer becomes the most decisive one in which you play it all, your best introduction. The truth is that thinking it like that makes vertigo seizes me. One of the best lessons I had in Instituto de la Empresa in Madrid was precisely relativize things, decide by myself where […]

They say the first collection of designer becomes the most decisive one in which you play it all, your best introduction. The truth is that thinking it like that makes vertigo seizes me. One of the best lessons I had in Instituto de la Empresa in Madrid was precisely relativize things, decide by myself where to focus.

I remember the beginning of the master’s degree as a constant competition with myself and the rest of my classmates. The very evaluation system determined by Gaussian curve caused me constant tension that kept me from being happy with the time I devoted to studying: “no matter if I feel I already know the lesson, the grade will be determined by the rest of the class’ evaluations. With time I learned that the problem was that I was focusing on the wrong thing; I was focusing on an external element that didn’t depend on me, one that I couldn’t’ control. However on what I had control was on having fun, on enjoying that magnificent experiences I had the opportunity to live. And do you know what? As I turned the focus, everything changed for the best.

 

This is the same idea I wanted to transmit in my first collection. I wasn’t going to permit myself to focus on external conditions, on what would others think to see my collection for the first time, my goal goes furthers, I want to enjoy every step of it. If you allow me, I’m going to give you some advice: live your dream for yourselves and not to someone else, that is the only guaranteed way to make it happen.

 

Design has been in my DNA since I was born. The ones that know me know I can’t go out without my white sheet notebook in which I draw every idea, in every moment that comes to my head. Inspiration, ideas, is not something you plan; there are things that come in moment and places less expected. That’s why taking my great white sheet treasure with me is so important: it is a part of me.

 

To think out of the box. I love that phrase! The first time I thought out of the box was when I left my hometown to live in Madrid for 18 months. More that 6,000 kms separated me from my house, my home, my family. A totally different culture, a more dynamic lifestyle, a 6 million people city, a close but very impersonal city. I was right there where Let’s Play was born, a clutches collection that without knowing it that time would become, years later, into the entry door to my big dream: fashion.

 

With love,

Yoanny Garcia

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