Interview with Christina Remenyi: Fortnight Lingerie
When I attended the Fortnight Studio sale around a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Fortnight’s founder and designer, Christina Remenyi. Her enthusiasm for her own work was refreshing, and inspired me to do something I’ve yet to do in over a year of blogging- an interview! It’s rare that I feel invested enough in a brand to ask for an interview, but in terms of styling, ethics and philosophy, Fortnight and I are a perfect match and I could no longer resist. Here is what Christina Remenyi had to say about her brand, the manufacturing process, and what we can expect from Fortnight in up and coming seasons.
I’m sure you get this question all of the time, but could you summarize “Fortnight” for readers who are new to the brand? Who wears Fortnight? What influences it?
Fortnight is an indie lingerie label that combines modern styling with classic tailoring to create garments that are as beautiful as they are comfortable.
We carefully construct each garment by hand in our Toronto studio with a high regard for attention to detail. We are constantly influenced by women and beautiful forms found in nature.
I’ve always loved the name “Fortnight,” how did you come to choose it?
Our size structure follows British sizing (which includes DD) so I thought it would be fitting to choose an old English word. Fortnight really grabbed me because it definitely has a powerful element to it, which I was looking for. The semantics of the word lend themselves nicely to lingerie as well.
Can you tell us a bit about your business practice? Is it difficult to be a growing business committed to local manufacturing?
Manufacturing locally definitely has its challenges, but also many rewards. We more or less do everything in house, including designing, developing and fit testing sizes, as well as sample making, production and marketing. I love the hands on approach and can’t imagine being so far away from the product as it’s being made. There are more costs involved with producing locally, but I truly believe that manufacturing on a smaller scale makes garments that fit and last longer than mass manufactured brands.
I read that you had considered being a librarian- do you have a favourite book?
I’m always curious to hear from any artist if they have a favourite piece amongst their own work. Do you have a favourite piece of Fortnight lingerie, or do you see all of them all on a similar level?
Your wireless longline bras manage to give a great shape to the smaller end of the full bust spectrum (30F, 32E, etc), and are also the only wireless bras that have managed to do so for me. What goes into constructing these bras? How do you choose what fabrics to use?
I’m loving the Abstract Impressionist themed collection for Spring/Summer 2014, what sort of design influence can we expect for Autumn/Winter 2014?
The exciting addition of your basics collection for Spring/Summer 2014 has me wondering if we’ll see any other new changes to Fortnight? Perhaps size expansions or new styles?
Given that the theme of this blog is lingerie AND video games I must ask, do you enjoy video games? Have a favourite?