Rebecca Minkoff is the cool
Grazia Daily: How did you get into fashion in the first place?
Rebecca Minkoff: When I was eight-years-old I begged my mom to buy me this dress that I wanted. She said no, but instead she bought me a sewing machine and put me in classes to learn to sew. As an eight-year-old that’s not what you want to hear, but I took classes there for several years. Then I went to a performing arts high school and I took all my elective classes in pattern-making and costume design. When I was 18 I did my first internship with a designer in
GD: And how did you come to set up your own label?
RM: It was one bag in particular, ‘The Morning After’ that got all that press. Then I started selling loads and that's how we got the label off the ground. At that time I decided just to focus on bags, but after a few seasons we introduced apparel, which is what I started out doing anyway. Now we’re launching shoes for S/S ’11 so they’ll be in the shops in January.
GD: And which do you prefer? Womenswear, shoes or bags?
RM: At the moment shoes are the newest thing for me, so that’s what I’m finding most interesting. But overall I don’t have a favourite, I like doing all of it.
GD: Your bags are famous for being owned by a lot of celebrities. Who was the one that you were most excited to see the picture of them wearing it?
RM: When I saw the picture of Agyness [Deyn] with my bag I was sooo excited. I was like – this is the pinacle of my career! Now she’s a friend of mine, but that moment was so cool. We were introduced by a mutual friend who's a DJ and she so nice. She is the nicest person ever!
GD: Have you been keeping up with the shows this month? Who are your favourite designers?
RM: I was able to see what was going on at New York Fashion Week, because I was there - I had my presentation there - but as for
GD: And what about Vincent, the sexy French boy that you’ve enlisted to seduce all your customers?
RM: Ah yes, Vincent. We definitely haven’t heard the last of him. Vincent’s next thing is that we are making a mini film to show off the collection and Vincent does the voiceover. It’s all in French with English subtitles!
Sounds adorable, Rebecca! We can’t wait to see it.
- Naomi Attwood