RRS: You just got back from Europe, what were some of the latest fashion trends, where do you see yourself as a designer?
KPS: I don’t feel it is about the trends. In Europe, I feel there is a broad selection of trends, choice is what you prefer. I design from a line of thought from one collection to the other. I want people to feel my clothes and want to wear my clothes; however I’m mindful about the seasons. When designing I’m not going to use summer colours in another season.
RRS: You’re from Bosnia but you live and work in LA, which city do you feel has the greatest influence on your design?
KPS: I like this question. Growing up in Sarajevo, it is an important city to me. I got my roots from that city. My husband calls it a “village”. On the other hand, I have lived in L.A. for about 5 years. In Sarajevo, Europeans are on the go. In L.A. people here are tied to their car…always on the move going from one place to the next. In the end, both have made a mixture on my design, both environments together.
RRS: Would you be able to explain the concept behind your brand?
KPS: Sure…Kao Pao Shu is about designing functional pieces, about bringing something new and fun into someone or somebodies life. For instance, the bag that I design is used to fit the body, even the colours. The clothing starts from being functional and comfortable, but in the end I want people to wear it and be happy. The concept of aesthetics of the bags basically all follow one line which gives shape while constructing. One line wraps around in a shape. There is a fluidity to my design.
RRS: I noticed one sentence in your Bio said that “Begeta inspires her team to be kind, to be innovative, to be adventurous.” I love that you said kind….can you comment on that ?
KPS: That to be kind is very important in life…in general. I spend a lot of time with a lot of different people and want to create a good environment. Kindness is important in the workplace.
RRS: In 3-5 years from now…what should we expect from Kao Pao Shu ?
KPS: I hope through working hard, it will become a worldwide brand that people will buy and wear with pleasure and love.
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