Stallholder Interview Series – Sanaz Designs
Today we are talking to Sanaz from ‘Sanaz Designs’, who’s just been made a permanent stallholder at ‘Surry Hills Markets’.
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Q: Tell us about your stall…
Sanaz: To be honest I design my own favorite wardrobe and then open that to the public – so it’s whatever styles and designs I’m interested in at the moment.
Q: What inspires you?
Sanaz: A lot of it is vintage inspired – late 80’s, early 90’s, a little from the 50’s – I modernize it a bit, add elements. I’m such a tactile person and love the feel of things – it’s important to look great but it also has to feel great.
Q: You use a lot of natural fiber, is that a reaction against fast fashion?
Sanaz: I use cotton, silks, denim and viscose (that’s man-made but from pulp), in earthy colours that pop. I prefer the feel of natural fiber against my skin. Most of my designs are quite classic – you can wear them still in 5 or 10 years and they’ll still look great so that’s hopefully limiting fast fashion, it’s not something you wear of a few month then throw away. I’ve been doing this for 11 years, since 2008, and it’s so nice to see customers come and they’re wearing some of my early designs – it’s great to see those still looking great.
Q: What do you most enjoy about this work?
Sanaz: I love giving people permission to try something different.
When they come and say ‘oh that looks great on you but I could never wear something like that’ and you get them to try it on, and they love it and then a few months later they’re back to get it in another colour. It’s giving them licence to be more adventurous.