COLOURS OF MY LIFE is the vision of entrepreneurs Anca and Cristian Stefanescu, a Romanian couple who share a passion for art. Anca’s career spanned art, graphic design and advertising while Cristian moved from academia to business development and entrepreneurialism. They combined their passion for art by opening an online store offering limited-edition artwear, hand-made pieces of bags and accessories for women – all designed by Anca and using prints of her drawings and paintings. They aspire to blur the boundaries between art and fashion accessories.
Here, they chat to us at House of Coco and tell us more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
[Anca] COLOURS OF MY LIFE was launched in fall 2015 but we were thinking for a while about building a fashion brand based on my graphics. COLOURS OF MY LIFE is about my feelings, my emotions turned into graphics, turned into fashionable items. In some way, it describes my love for drawing and painting, my passion for fashion and my desire to see my works in the street as purses, belts or t-shirts.
Whats your background?
I am a painter, I have graduated Arts University in Bucharest, Romania. …
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
[Anca] I am building this brand along with my husband, Cristian. We are the core of COLOURS OF MY LIFE, but we also have collaborators helping us with the communication and the maintenance of the online shop.
If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?
[Anca] There are always things to be improved and lessons to be learned. Especially in this business, particularly when you are a startup. But we prefer to use our energy looking forward and improving our work rather than thinking about the tough moments. As for the past actions … everything we did was perfect, because we did it ☺
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
[Anca] The production. Our items are handmade, our prints are ecofriendly, and our leather is high quality Italian leather. We select very careful the raw material, we oversee the whole production. So, last year, it was quite difficult for me to find time for the artistic part. Until this season very talented craftsmen made the production in Romania, in small studios, but it was really a struggle. This is way we decided to move it to, upgrading the quality of our products and dropping the production time.
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
[Anca] That I cannot live and breathe without art. I realize that it may sound affected or pretentious but this was my only way to play since I was very small and this was what always that kept me away from anxiety, sadness or other negative emotions. This is my way to be in touch with my inner self. For each of us life is a journey to spiritual growth even if we are not aware of it all the time and everyone is the creator of his/her own special way. I believe my path is through art.
2017 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
[Anca] As I said, moving our production to Italy it was a very big step for us. Now we can plan better, which, in fact, is already happening. Soon we will launch a new tote collection in limited edition of 5 items per design; so we are happy, 2017 looks like a very good year for COML.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
[Anca] That lots of people loves and feel the positive energy that I try to put in my art-wares. Each color has its special vibration, each color long watched can heal a chakra…I am so happy when people can sense that.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
[Anca] I am so deeply in love with Cristian, my beloved husband and dearest friend that I cannot say different that my home is in his arms. I could say London, but not a London without him.
Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
[Anca] Haha! So easy! A good shampoo, fond de teint – because I am in my forties now- and my favorite perfume.
[Anca] Attitude, originality and what makes you feel natural. Use trends wisely, never forget that you are a unique person.
Best thing about London to you?
[Anca] The cosmopolitism and the artist vibe.
Statement shoe or statement bag?
[Anca] Definitely bags of all sizes, colors, shapes.
If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear everyday?
[Anca] A dark red like blood dress from Jean Paul Gautier. I would only change the sandals with some sneakers and I would keep wearing it. But it should be summer all the time☺!
Favourite love song?
[Anca] “I don’t know much” by Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt.
Best place for a coffee?
[Anca] Definitly in my garden with my husband and our dogs around☺!
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
[Anca] “Do always what you feel without being afraid how you may be judged. People around don’t live your life.” It was the best advice my grandmother gave me but it was also the hardest to follow.
[Anca] Caressing and kissing my dogs without being able to stop…not even when they are saying nicely to me: “That’s enough!”
If you could spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
[Anca] Wow so taught! There are so many…But I think on a wild beach where the water is warm enough to swim for hours…and where the sun is gently warm for meditating…and the beach is wild & empty enough for making love.
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
[Anca] We would like to be present with our bags and paintings all over the world ☺
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