Interview with: Atelier Labro's, Lisa Galenkamp
It was around 18 months ago that we first had contact with Atelier Labro's founder, Lisa Galenkamp. It was actually through lots of the Anna + Team discovering the brand themselves through Instagram that this exciting new brand came to our attention. We immediately loved Lisa's distinct signature style and wanted to find out more.
We love your signature style, the florals and beads are simply a breath of fresh air! Can you remember the first piece you ever made and how did evolve into the style you have now?
I do remember creating our first sample, it’s an old school technique but we’ve worked on an updated more fashionable design. During the process of the first samples, I wasn’t able to make them myself, yet. I selected the thread, beads, and closures and designed it by sketching and communicating with Mirjam. The lady who helped me launching our first batch. After a while, the necklaces became a huge success and I took an at-home course to learn to make the jewellery myself. At this moment all team members of Labro are making tens of necklaces each week.
We would love to know more about your creative process, can you give us some insights?
It’s a bit cliche but I feel inspired when I’m in nature, alone. Most creative ideas pop-up during one of my runs in the dunes of Kennemerland. A wonderful nature reserve in the area of Haarlem. I love to start working in the atelier creating new designs and work out new plans. Preferably with some fresh flowers, candles and good music around me. A cozy, clean, and organized space is important for me, our new atelier is the perfect place!
We absolutely love the Italian flair of the brand. What made you choose Italy as the setting for your brand?
I wasn’t looking for a destination for my brand, I was looking for a collection inspired by Italy. Since my early childhood, I’ve spent every summer in the Southern European land. With close family, and friends that became as close as family to. It’s the Mediterranean lifestyle and love for pure materials and ingredients that inspired me already years ago. It feels like a second home and I can’t describe why I feel so inspired when I’m there, it's a kind of rest.
Do you have any brands or artists that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
I’d love to start collaborations with cool Italian hotels. To create limited edition hotel wear and a luxurious jewellery line.
What’s next for Atelier Labro? Can you give us any sneak previews?
We’ve just launched our new website including our ‘Exclusive Lobby’. A lobby for members only where unique pieces, pre-orders, and more will be uploaded soon. Besides that, I’m currently designing our SS21 collection and can’t wait to show you more!
Where is your favourite place in Italy?
My home away from home: Lago di Garda and the best city in Europe: Firenze.
Because you are so inspired by Italy we’ve created a few Italian-inspired ‘this or that’ for you, are you ready?
• Pizza or Pasta? Pasta (Ravioli)
• Capri or Positano? Capri
• Cappuccino or Espresso? Cappuccino (only before 11am)
• Gucci or Prada? Gucci
• Negroni or Campari? Campari
• Tiramisu or Cannoli? Tiramisu
Discover even more from Atelier Labro and check out their new website here.