MEET THE DESIGNER OIL BY OLIVEPlease introduce yourself and your...
MEET THE DESIGNER OIL BY OLIVE
Please introduce yourself and your brand!
I’m Olive - from OIL by Olive. I was raised in NY, but have been residing in Berlin for the last 3 years. I just released my third collection, which explores the freedom of expression - where style is no longer defined by gender, class or sexuality - and we have the total ability to define ourselves.
What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?
Comfort - not only in the pieces themselves, but for the wearer, to be comfortable in their own skin. I want my clothes to make someone feel great about themselves, to help them feel confident and beautiful, sexy and powerful.
What or who inspires you the most?
I draw influence from the world I see around me, in which no one can be defined by a single term. My collection represents a specific point, where him and her, gay and straight, trash and elegance all meet and can be confused for one another.
Do your clothes also convey a political message about society? How important is it for you to offer an alternative regarding gender norms?
We live in a world that often tries to label us and pressure us into acting one way or another. We’re asked to choose our identity based on limited options.
At OIL by Olive we reject labeling. My aim is to provide an alternative, to let people stand out and stand above, to be their true selves.
How does Berlin influence your aesthetics?
I think I still retain a lot of my aesthetic from my time in New York. But being in Berlin has greatly opened my mind to the many different forms of self. I’ve met so many intriguing characters in Berlin - who feel free experimenting with their identities in this open and accepting environment. I’ve realized just how limiting popular culture is, which is why I want to offer an alternative for those who crave the ability to express themselves freely.
Can you tell us about any exciting plans for the year ahead?
At the moment, OIL by Olive is dedicated to sustainability - everything is
hand-made and produced locally in Berlin. By doing so we reduce waste and avoid
unethical production processes. As we grow and evolve, I’d love to dedicate
more to environmentally-conscious practices, such as using only surplus
materials and renewable energy. Because without the future of the planet, there
is no future for OIL by Olive.