Thom Browne on Overcoming Designers' Block

Scribbling on cocktail napkins.
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Question: How do you get past designers’ block?

Thom Browne: So you know never say never; but in a way it’s the type of thing that when I finish a collection, I always think, “God how am I going to top this one? How am I gonna . . . What am I gonna do?” I do at the end of seasons think, you know, “What if? What am I gonna do?” Because at the . . . When I finish a collection, I always look back and I think, “This is something . . .” It almost evolves in a way that becomes better than I even thought of at the beginning. So yeah. There is that little bit at the beginning of each season; but in a way it just kind of . . . it does kind of happen. You know at the end of the day you’re having a drink and . . . And my . . . The guys that work with me – and girls – you know it’s a joke that there’s a lot of design ideas that are on cocktail napkins which is . . . (Chuckles) Which, you know . . . But it happens at times that, you know, I never plan on.

 

Recorded on: 10/29/07