What sparked your interest in fashion?
I have always had a strong belief that each of us is born with a talent. I have experimented with other areas until I proved 100% that this is my thing. As a child, I was given a lot to create or style my mom’s clothes.
Even in school since elementary school I added different accessories to my clothes to stand out from the others. Because for many who do not know, Albania in the years 1990-2000 was in great economic difficulties and there was no possibility of choices in stores. Fortunately, I discovered my talent and gradually worked to improve.
What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?
It is rare to see art in everything, but the truth is that everything in life is a piece of art. Most people conceive with art painting, ballet, classical music, but also the usual things that are considered basic have art inside if they work with passion and love. Cooking for example is an art and a special art, despite the fact that everyone eats every day and at least 3 meals a day. it is not only basic but it is genuine.
Destiny wanted me to meet and work with the now internationally renowned photographer Endrit Mertiri. It was the time and moment to take this work seriously as part of my life.
Are you self-taught or did you study fashion design?
As I mentioned above, at first, I started it totally by myself, with the naked eye I cut a dress and strangely, it turned out to be correct. Of course not perfect, then I did a 1-year course where I learned the basics of calculating cutting. I am now in a 5-year school of Greek origin, which applies the latest methods and is recognized in Europe.
Where are you getting your inspiration from?
Mostly from books. That’s how it started for me. As I read novels by French, Russian or Greek mythologists. I imagined the scenes and the costumes of the characters. it inspires me the most. Then you become more professional and adapt to the time of course without forgetting to add details from the imagination
How do you describe your work?
Does your approach differ when designing menswear compared to womenswear?
Definitely changing! Are quite the opposite. While women by nature have sensuality, men are more masculine, but that’s the beauty of it because you have the opportunity to experiment even if you do not combine, because in fashion there are no rules. As in any other artistic field. The abstraction is very interesting and fascinating.
What are you fascinated by at the moment? And how does it feed into your work?
Each of us has our own original ideas in mind. which originate and are inspired by something totally individual. Antiquity inspires me and I try to adapt mysticism to time
What is the biggest lesson you have learned since you started working in the fashion industry?
I am not very influenced by people’s opinions or interventions. of course, I have received advice from adaptable persons who are in the field and I have had the good fortune to work with international brands where I have seen how a workshop works or how work is organized. I have cherished the way of sewing quilts and pens in detail. This has been an advantage and a good lesson for me.
What are your future plans?
My goal is to become a brand from an atelier. In the short term, I want to create a website so that anyone who likes my clothes can acquire them through online sales and distance cannot be a problem. To expand the atelier, to increase the workforce to employ as many people who do handicraft art. Certainly a big show that I thought about a long time ago and so far, I have not changed any commas. I would like to bring it to life very soon
What is your message to the utopian’s readers?
Discover the talent you were born with and work hard for it.
Enri Mato is an architect and photographer born in 1986 in an artist family. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorative, who worked in the Louvre Museum. He grew up in Tirana, Albania where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age. In 2005 Enri moved to Paris to study Photography and Architecture. He later pursued masters dergree in Urban Design between Geneva and Tirana. He graduated with a research project called Remembrance. Through his thriving business Enri had the opportunity to travel the world to share his vision and experiences with an international audience.