Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am Ebby, I design clothing for women in the best way I can. In order to have the freedom to make it the way I want it, I started my own company, in this way I am free to design and make texture, prints and collections.
What would you consider your distinctive achievement?
I don’t really know, because it shuffles. Every time you think that you achieved something very distinctive, later when you look back you have grown so much that it looks small. So it shuffles all the time. I have to think back when I did my first collection and after the foot shoot I saw the pictures and thinking maybe I can do this, it is a struggle of course, but the knowledge that you gain by doing it…. It’s a very good achievement.
There are several moments but not one distinctive achievement.
For instance when I have a client that has a difficult shape and I can make something for her that makes her look good and feel happy with what she is wearing that’s also a big achievement. Usually the clothes are designed on models size, but than when you see it worn by a person with different proportions, altered to her body it can be like a perfect moment. It’s special to see someone transformed by what they are wearing and that you can be a part of this.
What are you looking forward to?
Well… I am honored to tell you that I’ve been chosen to present my collection in Poland at the end of this year. They’ve seen my work at Fashionclash and trough them contacted me. Talking about achievements, this feels big now. I’m really looking forward to this. It’s very cool!
Which advice would you give to the others professional?
Haha, I am the person to give advice! Maybe to take enough time off… Not only work but also take some time off. This is my biggest difficult point. To stop!
What are the challenges that we need to overcome to make cultural entrepreneurship more accessible?
For me it would be nice to have sales point that can sell my clothing with trust and confidence.
So for me at this point would be nice to find a shop that can sell my collections for years, who believes in me who likes my styles and I don’t have to explain constantly the story behind.
It is different but at the end of the day you have to sell. Not even to make money on something, but if you want to do this -be a designer- than you need to generate money to keep doing this. I used to sell at winkeldochters.com in the Rechtstraat and that went very well. But unfortunately the owners decided to make a different career choice so stopped the shop.
In the south of Limburg there are so many facilitations, Fashionclash is great and also you have a different event related to Mode Maastricht, but in my case this is ‘the missing link’ and finding this would help me growing even further.
Thanks a lot Ebby and all the success you deserve for your hard work!