Meet Andrea Otin, a co-head designer and co-founder of fashion brand Fahrenheit. In 2009, right after finishing design school at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Andrea together with her colleague Xenia Sanchez decided to start their own brand – their creation became Fahrenheit. See more of the inspiring work Andrea and Xenia do at Fahrenheit’s homepage or visit them on Facebook, but for now, read what Andrea shared with us.
What is the most unusual request you’ve had’
Once, when we were at a design fair in the Hub Museum in Barcelona, we had all our linings on display on the front table, with the actual bags mounted behind on the wall. A lady approached the stand very excited, wanting to make an immediate purchase. Sadly all she wanted was one of the small samples of lining, she didn’t realize to get the lining you had to buy the bag.
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?
Be no less than 100% sure this is absolutely what you want to do, and that it is your true passion. Making your way in this industry is hard, it is hugely competitive and unforgiving, but the rewards can be amazing.
We are currently sourcing new fabrics for a range textile of products. Also, we are working with artists of other disciplines to create limited edition collaborations.
What is your dream project?
I feel very lucky because my dream project is my current one. Right now I am traveling to be inspired by the culture, climate, geography and people of different countries. Combining my love of travel with my passion for design is a dream come true.
What is the most memorable moment from your career?
Both for Xenia and myself, it would be finishing our degrees at Willem De Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, the best art school ever!
If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
Obviously leaving my Fahrenheit bag behind would be tough, but I think I’d take a pencil and a notebook. And either Brad Pitt or Jonny Depp, whichever one is free.
How would you describe Fahrenheit in 80 characters?
A brand that prioritizes quality over quantity in concept, design, material and production.
Beer or Wine? Wine
Mac or PC? Mac, always
Paris or New York” New York
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Train or Plane? Train
Beach or Mountain? Mountain
Interview conducted by Anna Jauhola