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Blanc De Noir Designers: Profile + Interview

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Blanc De Noir Designers: Interview
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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Miah: Cheesy motivational posters…Hang in there, Kitty!

Gonzalo: Hard work.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

Miah: I’m just a guy from a small town trying to do what I love.

Gonzalo: I can only answer that wearing a mask

Why do you do what you do?

Miah: I tried working other jobs and it broke my heart. I had to be creative and work at what I loved to do.

Gonzalo: This is the only thing I’m good at

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Miah: I worked a shitty call-centre job after high school. I hated sitting on the phone so I decided to move to Toronto and go to school for furniture design. Then I started to make leather bags and people started to buy them. So I changed schools to take Fashion Business at George Brown to learn all about the fashion industry.
A mutual friend introduced us in 2010 and we saw that a lot of our designs were very similar, so we decided to work together on a project and Blanc de Noir was born.

 

Gonzalo: I went to school for this for 10 years. I’m just trying to make my money back!

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Miah: Working shitty jobs just to be able to keep working at our passion.

 

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Gonzalo: my grandmother

Miah: When I was in school I met so many wonderful teachers who helped me realize that I was on the right path to do what I wanted to do.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

We both worked solo on personal businesses for about 8 years. We both agree that working together in a partnership is so much better. We have gotten so much further in 18 months than we ever did individually in 8 years. 

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

Currently we are working on our If The She Fits Kickstarter campaign. We are trying to raise $15000 to fund the production of 3 pairs of our gender-neutral shoes. We are also going to Lima Peru to create our next collection.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Miah: whoever has the most fun wins!

Gonzalo: good has but one style, evil has 1000

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Blanc De Noir Designers: Profile
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Full name

Miah Mills and Gonzalo de Cardenas

Age

32 and 38

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Toronto, Canada and Lima, Peru

Where you live now? (city, country)

Toronto, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Miah: Dad is British, Mom is American
Gonzalo: Lima, Peru

First Language?

Miah: English

Gonzalo: Spanish

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Designers for Blanc de Noir

How long have you been doing it?

8+ years each

Fav Song

Miah: too many to count

Gonzalo: too many to count

FavMusician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Miah: I don’t have a favourite. I’m really digging Jonsi right now

Gonzalo: IMX

FavMovie

Miah: honestly, the cartoon version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas (I secretly watch it at least once a week)

Gonzalo: The Royal Tenenbaums

Fav Actor/Actress

Miah: no favourite

Gonzalo: Julianne Moore

Fav Clothing brand

Miah: I like Jil Snders and Rick Owens

Gonzalo: besides Blanc de Noir? Greg Lauren

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Miah: My favourite photographer is Jason Stead

Gonzalo: my favourite director is Mike Leigh. My favourite artist is Shary Boyle

 

Fav Sport to watch

Gonzalo: boxing

Miah: Boxing Day at The Eaton Centre.

 

Fav Sport to play

We’re not sports people.

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