Award winning designer Luz Esparza’s talent is innate. She possesses an intuitive sense of elegance and grace. This Chicago designer creates collections that are at once classic and refined but also simple and beautiful. She works with fabrics that allow for luxury but are discerningly affordable. Her stated goal is to “create pieces women can identify with and make them part of their wardrobe”.
We sat down with Luz yesterday to get both a sense of her history in fashion design as well as a peek inside her process of creating for today’s woman.
Q:What were the first steps you took in the world of fashion?
Luz:I learned about an established fashion designer who was offering a basic course in sewing, pattern making and design. I took more than three years of training before enrolling fashion school.
Q: Where did you receive your training?
Luz: I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago.
Q: Did you begin as an apprentice or intern in another fashion house or did you just start out on your own?
Luz: I interned for two different fashion houses before launching my first collection.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your current project? What is the mood of your latest collection?
Luz: I’m working on a religious inspired collection. Each design will be elaborated using custom design fabrics.
Q: Where do you find inspiration? For this collection as well as past collections?
Luz: Inspiration comes to me as a collection of ideas; ideas I translate into my own creations.
Q: What drives you to work / to continue making collections each season? Where does the desire to design come from?
Luz: I love to create and that is what motivates me to keep designing each day. I enjoy every aspect of the design process. It is my passion.
Q: What in your personal life or in your history most influences your views on fashion?
Luz: Fashion should be as unpredictable as the world we live in. I draw my inspiration from the delightfully unexpected.
Q: Why do you design in Chicago?
Luz: I’m fortunate to live in a city that appreciates and promotes art; it’s my favorite place to be!
Q: What would you like to see happen in the Chicago area to help the fashion industry to grow?
Luz: Designers need to find creative ways to attract more costumers.
Q: Any advice for students to design?
Luz: Just to take the first step, don’t worry about making mistakes, mistakes are part of the learning process.
Esparza notes that she is focused on being recognized as a designer who is committed to ensuring that “basic is brought to a new, high level to create modern and avant garde designs.”
Luz Esparza Designs can be found at TFM’s Bottega.