I love it when the creative minds behind brands we love open up and tell us about their personal style interests and how they fit into the shoes we love. Recently, Bass shoe designer, Anita Da Silva talked about her love for vintage with Lucky Magazine.
Lucky: How did you start collecting vintage?
Anita Da Silva: The company I work for had no archive at first, so I just started going on Etsy, eBay and traveling to all of these amazing flea markets. I found that every city in the world has amazing flea markets, especially in Europe. And it’s funny how there’s so many Bass shoes in Europe, even though it’s an American company. I think that they import them for some reason. The Rosebowl flea market is amazing, too. I started finding really random stuff like Bass coins and even old catalogs that Bass used to send out. I started collecting vintage ’cause for me it was like, “okay, I’m starting to learn more about the heritage.” That’s how I came to be more in touch with who the customer was before and how the customer really progressed.
Lucky: Have you always designed shoes or did you design apparel, too?
Well, I started in apparel. But it’s funny–I don’t know myself as well as my friends know me! My best friend said, “you should go into fashion design because you’re obsessed with fashion.” And I was like, “What do you mean? No way! I’m going to die of hunger, I’m not going to make money.” And she was like, “No, you should do it. You’re so good.” So I went into fashion design and clothing, but I was working the shoe store on the weekends just to get the discount.
To read the entire interview including Anita’s comments on future Bass collaborations, click here.
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