Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I had the privilege to interview Sean Bilovecky, a fashion designer and co-creator of Wrath Arcane. This label has been created in 2006 by Sean and his friend Brian O'neill. Wrath Arcane is made in the US and is known internationally.

What is the name of your line and where did it originate from?

The line is called WRATH ARCANE. Brian and I started the line about two and a half years ago. We started working out of my old apartment.

What is Wrath Arcane?

WRATH ARCANE taken literally means, "secret anger" or forgotten rage". It has to do with people in general not really knowing much about the products they use, and depend on every day. I really feel that if they knew more (like where they were made, who made them, all the crap deals that went in to getting them made for the lowest possible price on earth)... then people would feel much differently about what they buy and use... Chances are, people would be pissed.

How would you describe your style?

We just talked about this the other day. It's hard to nail down your style with words. We always say "minimalist streetwear"... But then people see the word "streetwear"
and think urban, or hip hop. The fact that we make everything (suits, denim, t's, outerwear, etc) makes us even harder to define. We try to develop the brand from season to season... we tend to focus inward and push our own concepts rather than caring about what trends are "hot" and who's wearing what. We don't care so much about that stuff.

What has been your personal key to success?

As a brand, I would say it is has been our ability to maintain our integrity. We produce everything in the US, which isn't easy to do... but it's something that we feel is very,
very important. And we have great relationships with our domestic factories and vendors.

What inspired you to get into fashion design?

I had to pick a major when i went to college. Really just stumbled into it. I was into drafting and drawing sweet castles and forts when i was little, maybe that helped me with patterns and construction?

What do you most enjoy about your work?

Everything. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to be part of a brand that is growing internationally. It's crazy.

What are some of your favorite projects that you have completed and why?

Every current collection is my favorite. We're working on a few collab
orations and limited editions for certain retailers, but that's all top secret.

What are your signature designs?

People started knowing us for our outerwear, and also our harness details that we put on the backs of some of our pieces. There's usually some sweet shit happening on the backs of our styles.

What has the greatest influence on your career?

That's a tough one. I don't really have any designers that I look to for inspiration. I would say the world as a whole. I want to do something that is relevant and respected, but also done for good reasons. I want to be a part of something that has the potential to change the way apparel is thought of , and sold in the US. This is what pushes the brand.

Which fashion designers have been important points of reference for you?

I think that I could probably find one thing that i like, and one thing that i think is silly from every single designer in the world.

Tell us about your fashion design career. How did you break into fashion design, and how did you advance to where you are today.

Brian has been in retail for a long time. He knows a lot of people (buyers, showrooms, etc) which really opened a lot of doors for the brand. Then we just kept paying attention to w
hat worked for us, and more importantly what didn't work. We don't lie to ourselves, we don't take ourselves too seriously, and we are good at keeping each other in check.

What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?

Short term we are continuing to develop our accounts
in the US, Canada, Japan, and China... and we're taking FALL 09 to Paris to begin our European "push". We've been talking to a few reps there who are eager to work with us. Long term we're going to have free-standing WRATH ARCANE stores in every major market in the world, with regional production for each one of them.

Where can the public purchase pieces from your collection?

We have a complete (and up to date) list of retailers on our site. (www.wratharcane.com) click on the stores button.


-Katerina Pavelek


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