We have recently caught up with the amazing fashion designer Fabian Nasution, to talk to him about his fashion designs, inspirations and plans for the future. Fabian is a fashion designer from Indonesia and has built his way up into creating his own in-house avant-garde fashion brand; he is currently the founder, owner and creator of @Fabian_nasution.
Fabian has created a collection of clean-cut, modern yet simple silhouette in his most recent designs. Fabians general aesthetic tends to be quite earthy-toned and simplified. Using shades of grey, creams, navy, blacks and white, Fabians collection reaches out to those who invest in quality and likes to play it cool with colour. Fabian mentions in our interview that he tends to focus on the quality of the fabric and the cut rather than using a strong pallet off colours and prints. It is safe to say that Fabians fashion designs reach out to the ‘sophisticated and modern chic’.<
1. First of all, tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m Fabian Nasution came from Indonesia for 4 and half year I’ve been studied in UK, taking my under graduate in Newcastle University. In my short time living in UK, I got an opportunity to work at END clothing. This is where I learnt more about fashion design and also it what inspire me to become fashion designer by being able to look every brands collection and meet their representative came to the store.
2. Why did you choose fashion design as a career?
Because fashion is not just about wearing some clothing or just having something to cover your body, I think it’s more how it is reflect yourself. it shows your personality, and what kind of person are you. Fashion is basically the first impression of reflection of yourself, because of that I have always wanted to look appropriate and sophisticated. This is why I wanted to create a collection that basically shows my point of view about fashion.
3. What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?
The best thing is about process of being fashion designer is it gives you many opportunities to grow and to learn now only in fashion industry but in any other things in life. It is a quite experience.
4. What is your least favourite part about being a fashion designer?
I mean it’s not always good being fashion designer because of the pressure of wanting to have everything perfect, this is what always keep me awake at night because I am always thinking about the collection how to make it perfect and everything.
5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the process of sourcing fabrics for your fashion designs/brand?
Firstly, I was thinking about what kind of fabric that I want and how I want my customer to feel when they wear it- how it fitted them and everything, after that, I chose what fabric would suit my specification. Then I got what kind of fabric I wanted and I started looking to our local fabric store first here in Indonesia. It is quite big, but if I don’t get any there I start to look from many sources outside of Indonesia like Korea, Japan, and Europe.
6. How easy do you find it to source fabrics for your designs?
It’s quite tricky because my brand focuses on the fabric itself because my collection is simple, clean, and minimalist. I want the fabric is to stand out, so I have to be very careful deciding what fabric that I want to use, because I want it to be excellent.
7. What would you say has been the most challenging / difficult part so far of becoming a successful fashion designer?
The most difficult part, is to get the quality of your product and sustain the high standard of the product, to having all the chain process from fabric sourcing, pattern making, tailor, packaging and everything to the final product that is the most difficult part
8. Who and what inspires your fashion design?
I do get a lot of influence from our legacy, Norse project, APC, Maison Kitsune, Thom Browne, CDG, but that really inspire me is actually Copenhagen. when I went there I saw almost everyone there dresses so neatly and casual, but it is spot on.
9. Has sustainability influenced any of your designs and why?
I always try to use everything that environmentally-friendly but I have to being realistic as well with the budget, so like the packaging that I used comes from Noissue where every paper that used they will plant a tree and so on. I try to use an organic fabric but sometime it will set the price to the roof so I kind of have to mix and match to matched with the budget
10. What would you say makes your fashion designs stand out from others?
What stands out, is the idea behind the collection and how I want to make classic silhouette with the touch of our branding and brand identity to make it a fresh new look so people don’t have to be flashy to make a good impression.
11. What would you say is the most difficult part about becoming a professional fashion designer?
It is the commitment, how to stay to pursue your dream to become the best
12. Do you think getting a fashion design degree at university essential for you to become a successful fashion designer?
I mean it is really good resource for you to learn fashion design and to create a networking in the industry but I believe there is many ways to become one not only by getting the fashion degree.
13. When was it that you noticed your fashion designs starting getting recognised and how did that happen?
I really don’t know when but when people feel good about themselves by wearing my collection that give me a motivation of being recognised
14. What advice would you give to aspiring / emerging fashion designers?
My advice is to always try everything don’t be afraid of judgement of the people, because I think people have different perspective it just about how you present them how you tell story. if you do it with your heart it will touch someone else’s heart too
15. Are there any industry tips you can give us to those who want to get into design/ the world of fashion?
Try to have a lot of networking with that you can survive and have a way in the industry
If you’re an aspiring fashion designer, a recent graduate in fashion, or you’re quite simply interested in the world of fashion and have some important questions that need answering, do not hesitate to contact us or the fashion designer himself Fabian (via Instagram), for some first-hand advice directly from someone in industry.