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Flash Interview with DULCEDO Collection’s Designers

Flash Interview with DULCEDO Collection’s Designers

Spending time with Mathieu, Samir and Étienne makes you feel like you’re hanging out, in a good way, with high school boys. There’s this juvenile energy and naive vibe about them, yet there’s not doubt they know what they’re doing. Plus, they work together 24/7, so their collective sense of humor is pretty on point (and incredibly contagious). A quick Q&A was sure going to generate interesting answers.

Mathieu Badibanga

Favorite piece in the DULCEDO Collection?

The white cape.

If the collection had a playlist, how would you call it?

One Day in The Future.

Current obsession?

This 1$ polo that I’m wearing right now.

Last song you listened to?

For My People by Young Thug.

Best concert ever?

CJ Flemings.

Next trip?

Paris.

Best place for drinks in Montreal?

Club Peopl.

Guilty of stalking which Instagram account?

@ader_error

Favorite emoji?

The shooting star.

What do you feel like eating at 3am?

McDonald’s.

First thing you do in the morning?

I make sure I don’t have a parking ticket.

Last thing you do at night?

I make sure I don’t have a parking ticket.

 

Samir Ayachi

Favorite piece in the DULCEDO Collection?

The 3M duffle bag.

If the collection had a playlist, how would you call it?

Forever Wanted More.

Current obsession?

Fresh flowers.

Favorite restaurant in Montreal?

Dolcetto & Co.

Last song you listened to?

Pleasure by CJ Flemmings.

Most memorable movie as a teenager?

La vita è bella by Roberto Benigni.

Next trip?

Belarus.

Guilty of stalking which Instagram account?

@msmdesrochers

Favorite emoji?

The recycling sign.

What do you feel like eating at 3am?

I go to McDonald’s with Mathieu.

Something you have A LOT of at home?

Books.

Last thing you do before bed?

I make love.

 

Étienne Correia

Favorite piece in the DULCEDO Collection?

The lilac totem.

If the collection had a playlist, how would you call it?

For the People.

Current obsession?

I’m such an Uber guy!

Last song you listened to?

SKRT (Remix) by Roy Wood$

Most memorable movie as a teenager?

La Haine.

Best concert ever?

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne.

Next trip?

Paris, that’s where I was born.

Favourite emoji?

The tornado.

When you’re not working, what do you do?

I’m probably hanging out at a recording studio, sleeping on a couch, while my friends play music.

What do you feel like eating at 3am?

I can’t really ditch Samir and Mathieu, so yeah… McDonald’s.

How many tattoos do you have?

I don’t know how many, but I have more than 60 hours worth of tattoos.

Do you have a favorite?

I have a little Monopoly man on my ankle – I like it. It reminds me of my youth.

DULCEDO Collection X White Walls: Meet the Designers

DULCEDO Collection X White Walls: Meet the Designers

How come no one thought about it before? That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about White Walls. Founded by three friends, Étienne Correia, Mathieu Badibanga and Samir Ayachi, the Montreal collective represents a handful of emerging designers and provides them with full-circle services. Mentoring, patternmaking, grading, fabric sourcing, production and distribution: the trio takes care of everything from their roomy space in Chabanel. Only the creation part is left in the hands of the designers, eager to launch their namesake label, but devoid of the necessary resources to do it from A to Z. Clearly, they’re in to revolutionize the fashion industry. Meet the young men who designed the first DULCEDO collection.

What is White Walls?

Samir: It’s the new fashion house system we wish to implant in North America. In other words, designers come to us with their sketches and we take care of the rest. It’s a 360-degree approach missing in Montreal, Canada and the United States.

It’s also an alternative for students once they finish school. First thing they do after graduating is looking for work. However, in the current fashion environment, a designer’s job is dictated by the current trends. With our new model, we believe it should be the opposite. The designer shouldn’t have to adapt to the market; the market should adapt to his creations.

Do you have a say in the creative process of the designers you represent in order to ensure a cohesive and unified vision?

Mathieu: There’s a selection comity, but we give total freedom to the designers. We’re like a community, consequently, there’s certain uniformity amongst the creators, but they’re fully encouraged to embrace their creative flow. That’s another reason why we founded White Walls. For designers, it’s rare to have the opportunity to express themselves freely in this business.

By launching the company here, we’re also trying to restore the luster of Montreal fashion; bring back the hype by generating opportunities for everyone, from photographers to models.

Étienne, you participate to the production by helping with the sewing part. Where did you learn to sew?

Étienne: I started when I was 14 because I couldn’t find oversized garments. I would dismantle sweaters and put them back together in a different way. I would do everything with my mom’s little sewing machine.

Since then, there’s been a lot of back and forth. Fashion hasn’t always been my focus, but I’ve always loved buying clothes.

How did the collaboration with Dulcedo happen?

Samir: Dulcedo wanted to launch a clothing line and, on our end, we had a full manufacturing system to offer, meaning we were able to produce everything here. We showed them the work of our designers and they picked Étienne [who’s also a model at Dulcedo].

 

Tell me about the collection’s influences.

Étienne: It’s sportswear chic and cozy at the same time. The ambiance is really futuristic, which you can see with the use of the 3M reflective fabric. Oppositely, I was also inspired by the Canadian heritage – Dulcedo is from here and I arrived not so long ago [he was born in Paris]. The influence is obvious in certain pieces, like the totem. Its silhouette is inspired by the First Nations.

Samir: It’s important to know that although Dulcedo is a relatively young agency, it’s extremely eager to go forward. We went for an avant-garde signature to reflect that image.

Stay tuned! White Walls will be launching their online store in the upcoming weeks featuring all of its designers’ creations.