Lucía Vergara Ballester – design

Lucía is the founder and creative director of Après Ski, a Barcelona based accessories and objects studio.

year of birth: 1979

birthplace: Castellón, Spain

current residence: Barcelona, Spain

started in 2009

Where did it all begin?

I started in 2009, after I was fired from my job due to the crisis. I had been working for a fashion company for three years. The start of my brand was a very natural process, it emerged almost without thinking. I just started making pieces for myself, then for my friends and little by little for stores that became interested.

What is the worst advice you’ve heard?

 I try not to see advice as bad or good. If I get advice from someone who appreciates me, I always manage to get something positive out of it.

Most beautiful moment during the creative process?

Lately I have decided on a new strategy for my design process. I isolate myself for at least a week and dedicate it completely to designing. During that time I go to a city that I consider interesting and visit museums, libraries and draw quietly. I really enjoy traveling alone and taking time to observe the world around me calmly.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Fashion trends.

What are you proud of?

The fact that I listen to my intuition.

Who would you like to meet or who would you like to work with?

I would love to meet and collaborate with Paula Kozlowska. I am fascinated by the knit work of her brand Kai Kotto.

Favorite material?

Gold. For me, it has some of the solar splendour.

What would you have done, if not this?

I would probably work for a folklore museum and travel the world collecting and researching crafts.

When was your biggest moment of doubt?

Right now. It started after I visited Senegal in December and saw how connected the people are to nature. That resulted in a great life crisis that still continues.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My friend Pepi. We have a game we call ‘proposal therapy’, to help each other in times of crisis or doubts.

Favorite image?

This picture from one of my favorite Spanish photographers, José Ortiz Echagüe. The title is ‘Girls from Aliste’.

It is from ‘Tipos y trajes’, a book that explores a Spanish society of great folklore. It is also filled with portraits of great human depth.

What do you still want to do?

Work with textiles. I started doing this recently and I’m so happy to finally explore that world.

Where do you work?

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Photographs by David Urbano, Mar Ordonez, Alba Yruela; studio photo by Ruben Ortiz.

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