From New York
Around The World: Rodebjer's Carin Rodebjer
We caught back up with Carin Rodebjer, the founder and creative director of Rodebjer, at Capsule and talked to her about her latest collection.
Where are you from and where are you living now?
I grew up an island in the Baltic Sea, a tiny island that’s the same size as Manhattan. I lived in Stockholm, Sweden for a long time and now I live in New York.
What is your favorite thing about living in New York?
Oh, it’s the people and the energy.
The stress and the struggle.
Which place has influenced you more, Stockholm or New York?
I think my designs are influenced by both. I take the best pieces of both cities, I think. I like being in different cities because you learn so many different things and you see so many different things.
How did you get started in design?
It actually almost happened by accident! I was sewing my own clothing and I got stopped in the street by a design store’s owners who wanted to sell what I was wearing. So, that’s how I started. Rodebjer began in New York by those wonderful people who wanted to buy my clothes. So, I didn’t know what I was going to do in the beginning. It grew step by step.
Tell us about sewing your own clothes.
I went to FIT at that time so I was sewing for two years. With the first pieces, I did the sewing, design, and pattern making by myself. Quite sweet. It was a long time ago!
How big is your team?
I’m so fortunate now a days. With my label back in Sweden we have eight. Here in New York we have two, and two sales people.
Tell us about your latest collection for Spring 2012.
This collection is set under the blazing sun on the Mediterranean coast. I pictured this woman who was living a very intense life, emotionally and artistically, under that really blazing sun. So it’s a lot of energy, colors, and a lot of artistic ambitions.
What would the career be of the girl you design for?
The type of girl is quite artistic, she works in main fashion, or she’s an actress, or a musician.
Tell us about your most embarrassing fashion moment.
I had a New Years Eve where I was wearing some kind of spandex tube-top cat suit that was falling down all the time. I was drinking so that was embarrassing. I looked good when I was home sober but then drunk it didn’t work out that well.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in design?
I’m really interested in the human brain. I would love to be a brain researcher.