SAGA NYC comes in peace. The independent genderless, high-end streetwear brand is making inclusive fashion while connecting to a higher consciousness. We talked to the creative director and founder about creating clothes for one’s soul, pulling creativity from other dimensions and consumption culture.
What are your thoughts on moving towards genderless clothing? When did you realize this was important to you?
I was making genderless clothing without realizing it! I’ve always been obsessed with the concept of Androgyne [non-binary gender identity]. For me, It’s about the soul and soul is genderless. When I made my first collection “Universal Androgyne,” it consisted of transparent bodysuits, leotards and leggings. These pieces were all stretch so they could fit “anybody”. I dedicated that collection to many dear friends who have struggled with gender identity. The concept is to have a transparency with yourself and the world. To take the focus off “gender” and look within. When it came time to make the next collection “Spirit”, I was like fuck it, I want to offer these clothes to whomever. Being inclusive feels right to me. I really didn’t know it was becoming a “cool trend”.
The concept is to have a transparency with yourself and the world. To take the focus off “gender” and look within.
What’s your design process like?
I work with my intuition. It’s all about what I’m feeling at the time of conception. I’ll let the ideas and designs swoosh around in my head for a while before I actually start designing. That driving force is what will choose the shapes, colors, fabrics & moods for the collection. I then sketch certain visions that come to mind. This will usually be the main ideas. Then I go sourcing in the Garment District to find the right fabrics/trims to translate the idea. I usually get new ideas after sourcing. Now, it’s patternmaking, draping, and sketching in a chaotic way in no particular order until I feel I have all the necessary garments.
What inspired the “space alien” approach? How does living your life in the outer space realm allow you to be in touch with your creativity?
Ha! Well as a “space alien,” I feel other worlds out there where beings are living in harmony & magic; they are connected to a higher consciousness! Living in this dimension feels like a trip sometimes. When I design I connect with something higher because that’s what creativity is. Sometimes I pull from the collective consciousness but naturally I go to the cosmic consciousness realms. I’ve noticed that when I’m in a really pure design state my designs look otherworldly and futuristic. I think it’s great to make clothes for people that have a cosmic sense about them. Existentialists, thinkers, designers, artists, nonconformists etc.
Do you think your designs are a reflection of you?
Not really. They are a point of view, a perspective on certain things. I feel my designs are beyond who I am here right now. These designs are thought out and worked on for hours on end, they tell stories and hold emotions but they are not me.
I feel my designs are beyond who I am here right now. These designs are thought out and worked on for hours on end, they tell stories and hold emotions but they are not me.
What does the concept of ego mean to you?
Ego goes real deep, doesn’t it? It’s an illusion from the truth.
How do you think your ego is reflected in your work and life? How has self-confidence played a role?
My ego is definitely reflected in my work and life. My ego urges me to work hard to become successful. I want SAGA NYC to reach many people and inspire them to liberate themselves or question reality. However, if I didn’t have this ego I’d sit on a mountain meditating instead of playing this career game.
My ego urges me to work hard to become successful. I want SAGA NYC to reach many people and inspire them to liberate themselves or question reality
What are your thoughts on slow fashion and the excess consumption culture?
I think slow fashion is natural and sustainable for the planet while the consumption culture is not. That’s why I’m running a slow fashion brand. It’s the right thing to do!
When and where do you feel 100% truly yourself? Is there a place, person, thing or idea that makes you feel most “at home”?
When I’m out free in nature or while dancing I feel closer to myself. But obviously the idea of living in a higher dimension on a different planet feels most “at home” to me the most. Peace.
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