On the Cities That They Live In
"I really counted on San Francisco, especially in the beginning. I always tell people, 'start locally, even if you're online.'"
"I ended up choosing LA because it was more of a long-term city that matches my personal lifestyle. I love hiking, outdoor activities and the California vibe."
"I used to say, 'I can't wait until I can move back to Europe where I belong.' I still want to, but I wouldn't be ashamed to say that I'm from LA now either."
"I love doing editorials in London because people are not afraid to push it all the way if it calls for it."
"I love all of the opportunities that we have because we can do so many things in Paris that we can't do anywhere else."
"The problem with Lebanon is that because we have a dysfunctional government, we don't get things such as free education. If there's a problem as an individual, you have to take action, so for me it was like, 'Okay, there's a problem here. There are so many talented people who want to be designers but their voices are not heard.'"
"I like to be a bit distanced from the 'big city' because I believe that every environment influences your work and your style."
"One of the most noticeable things it that London is more, in some respects, authentic but I knew that it would be harder to actually maintain myself and be able to pay for living in London... definitely moving to New York allowed me to be self-sufficient."
"I definitely have given and received lots of help/advice/support from my peers. I love that about being a London based designer. I don’t think I could be a designer anywhere else."
"I think the quality of living [in Amsterdam] is pretty high compared to other major cities. There’s a lot of green space, and it’s such a nice city to live in."
"The internship thing is a bit tricky though because basically no one pays their interns in London. I generally think that it's a supportive community though. People want to help each other and even though London is a huge city with so many people in it, it's a pretty small industry. Everyone kind of knows everyone."
"Designers find it hard to get by. There are maybe two stores in London that sell the work of young designers. It’s Machine A, and then there’s Dover Street Market, but apart from that... when I arrived ten years ago, everyone was dressing up and getting into it."