The Limelight: Russell Solomon
Men's fashion has been building up its own lifestyle, and I couldn't help but to notice this menswear designer based in Nigeria, with a flair of androgynous edge. This week on The Limelight, I interviewed the designer of Russell Solomon:
[MIKARA] How did you decide you wanted to be a fashion designer?
How will be after taking up a job as a design assistant. It was defining time for me.
[MIKARA] Who is the Russell Solomon man? Describe them in 3-5 words.
A confident, and limitless man, really.
[MIKARA] According to you, what is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
Freedom. Freedom to create how I see best.
[MIKARA] How do you define fashion?
It's an appearance statement, or tone.
[MIKARA] The designs you created are no doubt INCREDIBLE, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating your new collection?
Oh thank you. For SKIN, I was inspired by God's nature, his creative taste. And for YOU-TH, I
was inspired by the roaring energy of the youthful spirit, it's passion and drive for what should be.
[MIKARA] How has your brand evolved from 2 years ago?
I would say Good. Though we're barely 2 years strong. We're slowly offering other menswear
products asides from unconventional garment.
[MIKARA] Which trend(s) are you currently loving ?
The tapped panels, I experimented with it over two years back before the wave came back fully.
[MIKARA] There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?
Listen, but also filter. You can only be the best version of yourself when you listen within. Create
at your own pace. Also, be conscious of the business.
[MIKARA] Outside of fashion designing, what do you do for fun?
Read, decorate, hike, exercise and motivate.
[MIKARA] Is there a celebrity/influencer you would love in one of your designs? Why?
Kanye. Because he's a free thinker. And plays by his own rule.
[MIKARA] Coming to closure with this interview, what's next for the brand?
Scaling up. Expansion.