Prabal Gurung was ready to blame the recession if his attempt at becoming a fashion designer failed.
The Nepalese designer launched his New York based label in 2009 with only $10,000 (£7,800) to get started, and by the following year he had already won a string of awards, including being crowned runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
Talking about his business’s beginnings, Gurung told Pop Sugar said he was never afraid to fail.
“I went through unemployment for many months,” he recalled. “My friend’s living room was our showroom. At the time it was something I really wanted to do. I knew instinctively that it felt right for me. And worst case, I thought, it wouldn’t work out and I’d blame it on the recession.
“My advice to anyone is: ‘Do you really want to do it?’ There may come a time when the entire world is against the very notion of what you are creating. Do you still have the conviction to do it? If you do, then go for it.”
Over the last nine years, Gurung has built up a loyal clientele, which also includes plenty of famous names, like Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
When asked what he looks for in a muse, the 39-year-old revealed that for him, real style is about more than just clothes.
“What I’m interested in is style and substance,” he said. “I’ve always been intrigued by women who have an absolute love of fashion and, at the same time, are extremely aware of the space that they occupy and the relationship they have with the world. Someone who is assured, someone who is unafraid to be vulnerable, unafraid to challenge the status quo. Someone who is interesting and engaging. I always say it’s both levity and depth.”
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