Why children's clothing?
I think there’s a part of me that never grew up. Children’s clothing is so much fun and it makes me really happy to see the kids love our clothes. Reminds me of my own childhood, I love dressing up all the time.
I started Nellystella in 2009, 3 months after moving back to Taipei from New York. At the same time I was working on my parents’ apartment, we gutted the entire apartment. The renovation lasted for 8 months. We were staying at our office and my mattress was right next to my desk; I literally rolled out of my bed and started working every day.
I was designing at Kmart in New York after college, which was wonderful in the creative aspect; I was free to make everything a small component from scratch because of how widely the products were distributed. It’s been 12 years that I have started working in the children’s business.
What inspired you for your Spring/Summer 2016 collection?
The vivid Mexican patterns and colour. We love the sensibility of colors and have included some images of our sketch for our embroidery patterns of butterflies, peacocks and birds. I watched a lot of documentary films of Frida Kahlo, I was very inspired by her clothes especially when she has her up do with fresh flowers. I have attached some of the images from our mood board as well.
Also in India.
I go through stages with my hobbies, at the moment I’m very into floral arrangements; mostly body decorations. I started getting into it when we had our photoshoots each season, each season I want to make something more and more complex and I thought it would be nice to take a class.
The world is so well connected now, with many different ways to stay connected. The only thing I can think of is time difference.
I grew up in Taiwan up until I was 13, then went to Switzerland for boarding school. Our high school was in a tiny small village with the 2,500 population in the swiss alps. During winter season we had tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons off with mandatory ski lessons. We traveled a lot during the year, until this day I still can’t believe how lucky I was. For college I moved to Paris to attend Parsons Paris for a year then off to New York.
Too hard to narrow down to one specific thing. I have too many.
- Seeing friends
- Museum, to see exhibitions. MET is always a must.
- Classes or studio time with my friends
- Going to art supply stores