Each month, The New Fashion Initiative invites a leading voice in the sustainable and ethical fashion revolution to answer 17 questions about themselves, both personal and professional. It’s our green and socially conscious spin on Vanity Fair‘s beloved Proust Questionnaire. This month, our interviewee is multicultural and multidisciplinary designer Yves Molet. He has extensive experience in footwear, fashion and industrial design, management and education and has worked in various aspects of product development from inception to retail sales analysis with emphasis on sustainable design projects and innovation.
1. What is your favorite article of clothing?
A handmade pair of shoes that I bought in Japan 12 years ago.
2. What is the most wonderful thing about the fashion industry right now?
The shift that is happening, reset the industry towards a responsible consumption.
3. What do you think is the most shocking thing about fashion today?
The amount of garments that are made that go directly to the landfill without been worn once.
4. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
Big Buddha in Hong Kong, Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia are sites that are very special. Can’t choose one.
5. What is your favorite indulgence?
Italian Artisan Gelato.
6. What makes you happiest?
Travelling to a new country. And if there is the chance to live there and have the full immersion experience way better.
7. What environmental or social problem are we overlooking?
Human Rights in the Fashion Industry.
8. Are you more introverted or extroverted?
Introvert, it takes me a while to feel comfortable… once I’m comfortable I’m an extrovert.
9. What do you do first in the morning?
Usually I wake up and go for a 40 minute walk to Retiro Park in Madrid.
10. What was the happiest moment of this past year?
When my husband got the job that moved us to Spain. A whole new bunch of opportunities have come to our lives.
11. The best professional moment of your life thus far?
Being Head of Design in a footwear startup in China. It was the most challenging job and the one that I learned the most.
12. What was the last outfit you wore that made you feel amazing?
Second hand jeans that I got in Japan, red flannel shirt and my timeless Doc Martens full grain leather boots.
13. Favorite movie?
Amelie. Love the music, colors and how she looks for everyone to have a great surprise and draw smiles on other people’s faces.
14. How do you recharge?
Meditation, yoga or sleep.
15. What three words describe you best?
Multicultural, Adaptable, Human.
16. What makes you laugh the hardest?
When I make fun of myself and remember anecdotes like this one; the days we were looking for shoe factories, we met a girl that worked for a factory in Chengdu, China, who spoke very good english. She introduced herself, saying: “I’m Tuen-Ti” so I introduced myself as TwentySeven. #HerNameWasTuenti, no joke 😉
17. Favorite book?
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking.
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