Harper’s Bazaar Arabia recently caught up with Gherardo Felloni, Roger Viver’s creative director, and asked him a few questions about how the current pandemic has affected his daily routine. We wanted to know more about how he’s adapted to working from home and staying inspired during these unprecedented times. From spending time in the garden to working remotely, here’s how the mastermind behind the luxury footwear label is spending his time in isolation.
Where are you spending lockdown?
I am staying at my second home on Giglio Island. It’s along the coast of Tuscany. It used to be a lighthouse, built in the 1800s, and it was abandoned for many years before I rebuilt and renovated it. I was already in Italy when the lockdown was announced, so I chose to come here directly. I’m very lucky to be here, surrounded by nature. There is plenty of open space and I spend lots of time outdoors.
How has your daily routine changed?
My day-to-day life has definitely changed, it’s is moving at a slower pace.
For me, I’ve rediscovered my hobbies, like gardening and cooking. I wake up every day at 7:00 and start gardening. I have a vegetable garden where I grow artichokes, tomatoes and some Mediterranean aromatic plants. I also just harvested more than 20 kilos of lemons! There are no other workers, so I take care of everything myself and I usually finish at 19:00.
I am also often on calls for work, speaking to the different teams about our projects. Even the collection is also moving forward. I can design anywhere I am, as long as I have paper and my markers. So, in this way the collection is advancing while we wait for the manufacture to open.
How has lockdown affected your creativity?
Of course, creativity is always there. As designers, it’s important that we continue to create and inspire. Sometimes the best ideas are born in silence. I think that we can all use this time for this.
COVID-19 has had a serious impact on the fashion industry and fashion markets around the world. How do you think the pandemic impact the future of the industry?
There have been big changes already in terms of how we work and how we view the importance of fashion. I think, after all this, there will be a shift in consumerism. We will pay more attention to what we consume and why.
This pandemic has put us all to the test. But the negative parts of this story will soon come to an end (soon, I hope). Then, our mission will be to come back stronger than before. Fantasy will not die.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Lead image courtesy of instagram/Gherardofelloni.