AccessoriesTheShow Las Vegas – Designer Spotlight: Extasia

Wendy Hawkins

Director of Sales

www.extasia.com

Booth: 1340

 

What do you think will draw retailers to your collection this upcoming season?

We are the largest vendor of German glass images in the world. Other designers use them in and out as trends dictate. We have used these images, recolored, and designed new stones day in and day out for over twenty years. When I first started using the intaglios, a clothing designer friend told me the “look” would be good for only about two years then I’d have to move on to something new. That obviously never happened. Every time I would try a different look for the line, something that did not include the stones, my customers in the showroom would say, “That’s nice but where are the intaglios?”

 

How do you personally stay up-to-date with fashion?

We use fashion forecasting subscriptions, museum exhibitions, shows and street fashion to stay current in our designs.

 

From where do you draw inspiration?

Extasia is inspired by the classics and designed for the modern woman – which pretty much says it all. I adore Archetypal psychology developed by James Hillman. Simply put, ancient images from the Western tradition continue to work on our modern psyches. Victorian era painters and sculptors made a beeline to Rome,Florence and Naples in the late 1800s where archaeological digs of Pompeii were going on and the whole world of antiquity was becoming accessible. These are our spiritual and aesthetic roots and the images continue to work on our souls; whether or not we are conscious of it, they exist with a life of their own and continue to work their magic on our psyche. Even in our contemporary language, they thrust their way into our lives and if we open ourselves, they will animate and add dimension to our lives in spite of our technological obsessions.