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Now based in Brooklyn, Titania Inglis grew up among the woodlands and waterfalls of Ithaca, New York, and refined her dark, streamlined aesthetic while living in Denmark and the Netherlands. Inglis studied at Design Academy Eindhoven and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and apprenticed under cult New York designers Camilla Stærk, Jean Yu, and Threeasfour before launching her solo line in 2009. Half Chinese, half Scots-Irish by blood, she embraces the seeming dichotomies of a line looking to the future, yet grounded in tradition, operating on the border of nature and industry.
Choupette Social Girl: What is lush minimalism?
Titania Inglis: The luxury of less — the freedom of a simpler, uncluttered lifestyle, and the guilt-free pleasure of wearing clothes that are beautiful, versatile, multifunctional, and ethically produced.
CSG: Where are the clothes produced?
TI: In New York, in a small mom-and-pop sewing house, while the leather goods we make in-house at our studio in Brooklyn.
CSG: How does your background of living in Denmark and the Netherlands paired with your Chinese/Scots-Irish blood impact your designs?
TI: In the cultural and architectural references I glean from all over, and in the intentional ease of travel and of use with the designs — right now I’m on a trip through Asia, for example, and I always pack light, so it’s important to me that the few pieces I bring be useful for all possible climates and occasions.
CSG: Why do you use low-impact fabric in your designs?
TI: For me, looking to the future of our society and our planet, the question is why anyone would choose not to work responsibly. Unsustainable practices, by definition, cannot continue indefinitely.
CSG: What does it mean to you to be the recipient of the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in Sustainable Design and a finalist in the 2013 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge?
TI: Both awards were an incredible validation for me that I was on the right track with my work. I started out very small and self-financed, and with the clothing industry as saturated as it is, it was incredibly rewarding to receive such high-level recognition — and of course it helped the visibility of my company’s message, that thoughtful production values and high style can beautifully coexist.