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Raul Solis

Interview

What is your ideal office?

 

My ideal office would be the heart of the business, a place that not only focuses on fashion but on other creative outputs as well. A clean and organized space with plenty of light and plants. A place where no idea is turned away.

 

What idea has made a defining impression on you?

 

I think it is safe to say the Internet, we are all so dependent on it. It facilitates so many things for us, just to think that twenty years ago we didn’t use it is mind-blowing on its own.

 

What is the good life?

 

To have the available resources to fully explore my ideas.

 

How would you like to be remembered?

 

As a sweet and caring person and hopefully by the work I do.

 

What was your most difficult decision?

 

At the moment I would have to say starting LRS. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just being pushed to new limits. Having to do so many different parts of the business is definitely difficult.

 

What is your most treasured belonging?

 

My dad’s signature pinky ring, he wore it for over sixty years. Now I wear it on my index finger, I’m hoping that one day it will become my signature too.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

 

I’m hoping that it hasn’t happened yet, but if I had to say one thing it would have to be that I’m comfortable with myself. Understanding what makes me happy, what pisses me off, and what inspires me.

 

If you had to do something different for a living, what would it be?


I’ve always had a fascination with being a butcher, just a big tough and gory butcher. Hahaah! its just so not who I am.

 

What has been your biggest disappointment?

 

Not moving to New York when I was younger, I think that if I did I would be further along in my career. I was supposed

to study in New York after high school but due to financial reasons I wasn’t able to.

 

Whose personal style transcends gender?

 

Grace Jones and Isabella Blow. They explore different realities never limiting themselves to gender or even to being human. They make themselves into the most interesting creatures.

 

What emotions do you want your clothes to evoke?

 

I would like for whomever is wearing my clothes to feel unique, interesting and intelligent. And for the people around her to have a sense of confusion, in the hopes that they will stop and ask questions.

 

How do contradictions inspire you?

 

I feed off of the friction that contradictions evoke. Those moments of awkwardness, the fighting between traditions. That’s when things get interesting for me.

 

How is street culture a part of your design vocabulary?

 

I use street culture more in the styling aspect of my vocabulary. I love subcultures and music scenes. Especially in the ‘70s, I imagine how my girl would put her looks together if she was going to an underground party or poetry reading at the old St. Mark’s church in the Bowery.

 

How do you reconcile natural materials with synthetic fabrics?


I’m not sure if reconcile is what I would want the materials to do, again I’m more intrigued by the friction and the effect that it will have on the viewer. Of course there is a balance, after all it is a collection.

 

What is an object that has made a remarkable impression on you?


Are buildings considered objects? Anyways, last summer I had the chance to go to Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia definitely had an impact on me. Gaudí was incredible, how he used light as a material and how he manipulated it to interact with the Gothic stone sculptures and the spiral staircases. It was perfection! 

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