Interview: Fashion Designer Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland on Barney’s, NYFW & His Newest Collaboration

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Interview: Fashion Designer Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland on Barney’s, NYFW & His Newest Collaboration
By Neesha Arter

Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland make up the the duo behind the brand Timo Weiland, and the pair has already conquered the fashion scene. With a successful S/S 2013 show at NYFW last month, a line in Barney’s since 2010, and now a new collaboration with Anthropologie, there’s no stopping this fashionable duo. Alan Eckstein sat down with us for an exclusive interview, and he dished on what Fashion Week is really like, and their newest collaboration!

So there are two of you behind this design team, how did you guys meet and first get your start on the brand?
It was when I was just starting in fashion and we met when we just sort of came together. We started our design partnership pretty quickly after we met and both have similar interests and draw the same inspiration.

What are you wearing right now?
I am wearing a Timo Weiland shirt and pants and then Vans shoes. I love Vans, they actually did all the men’s shoes for our S/S 2013 show at NYFW.

What was your vision for this collection, and did it turn out the way you wanted it to?
We were really happy with this show. Our show was very inspired by New York because we’ve been here for a while. We also find inspiration in hip-hop and music, but we were really inspired by New York for the spring season. It was bright, it was fun and I think it was definitely a wearable collection. We also focused on embroidery, which turned out beautifully; we really loved the whole collection.

You guys started in 2009, can you compare your first collection to S/S 2013?
We had our first collection for S/S 2010 and a lot has changed since. We’ve really learned a lot in the past three years with what looks are flattering and unflattering and what looks best. Through all of our collections we have made a lot of progress, especially through the shows. Barney’s has carried our line since 2010 and now we have this collaboration with Anthropologie, which is an honor. We have a lot of wonderful things happening and we’re very grateful.

Tell us about the collaboration with Anthropologie.
The line is called Vessel by Timo. They reached out to us about a year ago. It’s really been a dream come true and we are really happy about working with them. It is a women’s line that has a lot of our similar inspiration but is for the Anthro girl.

What’s been the most exciting part about being a fashion designer, and what’s been the most difficult?
Well, the hardest part and most exciting part are the shows. We prep for these shows for months in advance for only 10 minutes of a show, which can be very stressful but rewarding as well. Once we had our show at 9am and the presentation earlier than that so we had to be there at 5:30 am. We hadn’t slept in days and preparing for it was such a long process. Also, there are a bunch of things that end up happening at the last second– the person who was dressing one model didn’t close her dress and we had to do it seconds before she got on the runway. Once our music wasn’t set until moments before the show which was very stressful because we care a lot about the music. Music is a big inspiration to us and we both DJ as well, so we spend a lot of time on it.

So you guys are in Barney’s which is a huge accomplishment in the fashion industry, and you’re now in Anthropologie. What is the your next goal, and what can we expect to see from you in the upcoming year?
Barney’s has been with us since our first collection and they are amazing to work with. We are incredibly grateful for that. Our goal is to continually put out a great quality product. You know when you start out you don’t know what will be down the road, but we’ve worked years on this and we think it’s very important to maintain that road and keep working towards the future.

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