Cultro is a womenswear clothing line inspired by a variety of diverse cultures from around the world. Amy Newtons Spring/Summer 16 collection is inspired by New York City, the epicenter of where diverse cultures merge together to create this electric town. The collection mixes clean structured silhouettes with dynamic, bold prints and colors while keeping the classic New Yorker style with black and white pieces too. The pieces are incredibly comfortable, great for moving in this city. I love this jumpsuit, so versatile, it can be dressed up or dressed down and styled in so many ways. I paired it with my white Silence and Noise Moto jacket to give it that touch of personal style. I got to interview Amy about her experience as an emerging designer and what inspires her.
1. What is the toughest part about being an emerging designer, and what piece of advice would you give to someone just starting their own line?
Fashion is probably one of the hardest and most competitive industries to be in. You
need tough skin because you will be told “no” a lot, but that also makes the “yes’s” so much more meaningful. I would stay never stop believing in your designs and your direction. At the same time, you must be able to accept feedback (and criticism) digest it and adapt your designs where necessary as you need to sell your clothes in order to be a profitable business. Finding that middle ground is an evergreen journey.
2. What inspired your S/S 2016 NYC collection, and what is your favorite piece? This collection is inspired by New York City. The different silhouettes represent different NYC neighborhoods. I love the Brooklyn Midi Skirt and Downtown Crop Top. These pieces will be a wardrobe staple for me this summer, especially as they are so easy to mix and match with core white pieces in my summer wardrobe.
3. How do you measure your success as a designer and where do you see Cultro in the next 5 years? I measure success in terms of creating clothes (and original prints) that real women want to wear. I’ve achieved this on a small scale, but will keep pushing so that every woman around the world has at least one Cultro piece in her wardrobe.
4. Describe the Cultro woman. She is a confident and successful career girl that uses her wardrobe as a way to express herself in a more corporate environment. She likely works in Fashion, the arts, entertainment or media where a black dress or black pant suit doesn’t have to be her uniform. She has an artistic flair about her, and wants that to be represented in her outfits as this helps her to feel free.
5. How have you grown as a designer, what other designers or creatives have inspired you? I’ve grown a lot over the last 2 years in that I have learned how to make my designs more wearable, while still conveying the essence of the Cultro woman. I’m constantly inspired by Stella Jean, Vivetta and Opening Ceremony to name a few. I create all of my custom prints myself so I get inspired by traveling to new destinations and getting engrossed in the culture. I find this always gives me ideas for my artwork.