Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz are two brothers who use fine art and nature to inspire women everywhere with their creative vision. Pairing fine arts and fashion design degrees, the duo began their Barcelona-based label, Ailanto, in 1995 and have since been awarded Best Spanish Designer by Glamour magazine and the Prix Marie Claire for Best National Designer. Their work has been exhibited in museums throughout the world and we couldn’t be more pleased to exhibit them here at Coco Takumi, for all the world to see and acquire!
1.) What draws you to print and texture in your design work?
Iñaki and me (Aitor) studied fine arts in university. It’s our passion. So, every season, we create our signature exclusive prints inspired by different artists. These prints, together with figurative embroidery and texture juxtapositions, enrich our collections and make the brand very visual and recognizable worldwide.
2.) What is one (or more) art movement that’s inspired your art?
Nature and painting are our greatest sources of inspiration. Each year, we look at the work of an artist that celebrates these elements, which can be painters, architects, photographers…
For example, last summer our inspiration(s) were the gardens painted by Claude Monet, and this winter season our inspiration comes from a series of photographs by Jimmy Nelson, picturing the Argentinian “gauchos;” nomad “cowboys” from Patagonia.
3.) What drew you to fashion design as opposed to another artistic medium?
Iñaki complemented his fine arts studies with a degree in fashion design. This naturally lead our path towards the fashion industry.
4.) What is your criteria for agreeing to collaborate with another brand or business? Artistic freedom? Interest in the project? Etc.?
First of all, our brand’s values have to be similar. We like to collaborate with brands from other industries, because this allows us to learn from other sectors and keep growing and expanding the universe of Ailanto.
5.) What feeling or experience would you like to give women with your designs?
We want women to feel sensual and feminine when wearing Ailanto. Our women master the effortless chic style, they’re elegant and romantic.
6.) What does personal style mean to you?
For us, it means to follow your own rules and personal taste. Don’t let yourself get drowned by the latest trend if you don’t feel comfortable, be loyal to what makes you feel good. You can’t separate style from personal, it is always something unique for each of us.
7.) What gets you out of bed each morning?
Aitor: I don’t need an alarm, I wake up every morning with the sunlight. The first thing I like to do is take care of my plants while having breakfast
Iñaki: I have breakfast every day at my favorite place. That’s the only thing that gets me out of bed!
8.) What inspires you outside of your work?
Cinema, travelling, yoga… We find inspiration in many ways!
9.) If there was another profession aside from clothing design that you think you might like to do, what would it be?
Aitor: I would be a landscape designer
Iñaki: I would definitely be a painter!
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