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What inspires you?
We are most inspired by everyday life, be it a song, video, art or someone we see – it usually tends to be a little more on the dark side. We love the challenge of taking those ideas and interpreting them into something more approachable for our women.
What are three words that best describe your design aesthetic?
Dark, Minimal and Sexy.
Who is the BLAK.I women?
The BLAK.I woman is a young, metropolitan girl with big aspirations. She works in an environment where she is able to express her opinions and creativity through her wardrobe. She is an outgoing and outspoken person who is ready to take on the world.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an emerging designer?
One of our biggest challenges is being able to make a mark and establish our brand, as we are up against some of the biggest international brands out there. It’s a bit of a battle as they tend to have more resources readily available, but it is definitely not a battle we are going to back down from.
What are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the growth that we have had with our brand. Something that was once just a thought in our minds and a brainstorming session in a coffee shop has now flourished into a successful brand that is gaining traction across Canada and hopefully, soon, internationally.
Diego Fuchs and Helder Aguiar are the design duo behind BLAK.I. Created in 2010 out of their mutual love for design and shared sharp edge aesthetic, BLAK.I is a lifestyle brand made to bring out a woman’s inner cool. Together they’ve created a brand that incorporates luxury and street wear. From its inception and during its continued growth, BLAK.I has been more than just a clothing line – It’s a way of life and the evolution of the individual – starting with its creators.
The brand focuses on building wardrobe foundations that can be enhanced from season to season and not simply the ever–changing trends from the world of fashion. It ranges from fashion forward, intricately cut shirts and separates to fluid dresses and cutting edge leather garments. The brand has evolved since its inception to fully encapsulate the cutting edge contemporary woman. It continues to include designer aesthetics and detail with a modern and streamlined feel.