60 seconds with… Graeme Ellisdon of O.S.P OSPREY
BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 6 FEB 2012 14:13 SHOES & ACCESSORIESCOMMENTS
We caught up with Graeme Ellisdon, the British designer behind the range, to get his thoughts on style, design inspirations and the covetable O.S.P OSPREY collection for spring/summer.
“Style is… not about what you wear – it’s about how you wear it. Be confident, head up, shoulders back and smile!
Good design for me is all about… making a product that the buyer enjoys, that has integrity and which works beautifully. Good design is a collaborative process: listen to what the buyer wants and then work with the best materials and techniques to create an inspiring and dynamic product.
I’m inspired by… new cultures, great holidays and brilliant architecture when I’m creating new collections. The new O.S.P OSPREY collection was inspired by the best of British in this year of the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. The reworked palette of coral red, white and denim blue is completely fresh and very wearable. In business, I’m particularly inspired by retailers and restaurateurs with a fresh and unique vision. Alain Coumont, the man who founded Le Pain Quotidien, has done a wonderfully uplifting job. His relentless insistence on the best quality ingredients, comforting ambience in all his stores and a genuine personal service is something I find irresistible.
The O.S.P Osprey collection is… a smart & affordable mix of stylish leather business bags and more relaxed, slouchy and sporty handbags and purses in sumptuous leathers and great colours. I’m excited that it’s in selected stores and online at debenhams.com now.
The must-have item from the collection is… a gorgeous bag called The Vienna. In beautiful denim blue Calf Croc leather, it’s a spacious tri-compartment top handled bag. Very smart, it’s the perfect workbag, but the colour is completely fresh and spot-on for this season.
A woman looks great when… she’s happy and feels great – it probably comes down to that ‘confidence thing’ again.
A man should always… have good manners and a well developed sense of humour – I find that helps in most situations.
My most treasured possession is… no, I really don’t have one! Most things are replaceable, but family and friends aren’t so they’re what I treasure most.
If I weren’t working in the fashion industry… I’d probably be a gardener or a carpenter: something that would allow me to be creative in a really hands-on way.
My top tip is… regularly shake things up! Whether that’s with your look or how you go about your business. Remember, there’s no movement without friction!”
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