I am passionate about styling – Pandiss
Ternenge Fidelis Timothy, popularly known as Pandiss, is the Creative Director of Pandiss Clothing, the young but very talented fashion designer has dressed a number of politicians, diplomats and celebrities, he spoke with DEBORAH OCHENI about his passion for fashion design, his career and his quest to carve out a niche in the fashion industry
What is the trend in men’s fashion?
The tunic shirt, the senator and the three-piece suite are back on the market and they’ve come to stay.
What is your sense of style?
My fashion sense is conservative, calm and contemporary African design. I love the mature yet simple looks that can be achieved with it.
Are you in line with the trend?
I am a person of style; I believe style lives on forever, trends are only for a while. So I like to work in style.
When I meet an individual the first thing I try to find out is their style and look for a way to improve their style and keep it up to date. I don’t favor the trend because it has a way out of the market and when that happens where does that leave you?
What makes a man well dressed?
You can say that a man is well dressed judging by the way he wears his clothes; for example, the combination of colors because you can wear very expensive clothes and they don’t fit you. So, the cut, fit and finish are what makes a well dressed man.
Would you say that your physique is in your fashion advantage?
I think so because I am neither tall nor short. I have a good physique which is perfect for whatever I put on. I am neither thin nor fat and everything I wear tends to be flattering.
What accessories do you live for?
Lapel pins. They give clothes a cool light and draw attention to your upper part where the beauty of the jacket resides.
How do you like your shoes?
I like to wear different types of shoes, I switch from sneakers to very corporate shoes, but I like trendy white sneakers more because they make any outfit look classy.
What are your ready-to-go outfits?
Jeans and white t-shirt
What determines what you wear?
What event I attend determines what I wear.
East there is something that you will never wear?
I can’t be caught without a skirt and dress
When shopping would you go for quality or color?
I will go for quality because most colored fabrics fade over time, but quality ones resist the taste of the times.
Which fabric catches your fancy?
Cashmere because we can make different types of outfits.
What celebrity style do you admire more?
I like the Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) style because it is conservative and modern.
Are you a fan of labels?
Not really, everything is fine. I am modest and tend to look for style.
How do you feel seeing celebrities in your designs?
I feel happy, the truth is that wearing celebrities is like advertising what you do and it gets the attention of more people. If you think advertising is expensive, try not to advertise.
What do you think of women’s fashion trends?
I don’t feel jealous. Interestingly, women are fashion freaks, they want everything new and trendy, but trust me, women don’t spend as much as men on clothes.
What motivated the decision to embark on fashion design? I have always had a passion for fashion, so I thought about doing it, at first learning was not really interesting but over time I realized that there were some interesting things to do in as a designer.
There is absolutely no regrets because I have found joy in what I do. I realized that I am excited when I see people in my designs.
What inspires your different creations?
The things I see around and the colors inspire me but I am mainly inspired by the fabrics. Once I see the tissue, what to do with it naturally swells.
Who are your favorite customers?
Most of my popular clients might not be people I want to mention in the media now, but I have a lot. I designed for diplomats and a lot of them have adopted and prefer to wear my designs and a lot of politicians I would like to leave out.
Are you happy with the places fashion design has taken you?
Not really. I’ve been in fashion for almost six years now, have a long way to go but I’m happy where I am now while wishing to go to a lot of better places. How to do
you source tissue?
It is very easy to source fabrics in Nigeria, although most of the time I find it difficult to source them here in Abuja.
What do you think of modern designers?
Classic designers have given way to modern designers, they
to make sure people were dressed and today with the help of technology we were able to modernize and recreate more.
Would you say the government has done enough for the creative industry?
No. The truth is, the government has no idea what’s going on in the creative industry. So how can you do something when you don’t know what’s going on out there? The general norm in Nigeria is that everything is imported, nobody believes that something is being done here but as funny as it may sound, most of our politicians wear clothes made in Nigeria but they don’t care that these clothes are made in Nigeria.
What is the major challenge for young designers like you in Nigeria?
Poor power supply and a lot of your target customers don’t believe in what you can do until you make outfits for them mostly for free. That’s when they see what you can actually do.
You made it this far, how do you plan to continue the momentum?g?
The fashion industry is like any other business, the advantage you have in your business is your creative ability to stay afloat. But what I have done is separate myself from what the usual Nigerian tailors do, we have a lot of people doing regular clothes so I tend to take it a bit further and make sure that we not just making clothes but making clothes with unique touches.
Your service is expensive. Does this encourage the patronaage?
The price for me is relative, it depends on who is buying and the truth is, I can’t satisfy everyone.
Who is your role model?
The first person I always admire is Isaac Lubem. He made me grow up with more experience in fashion design. He showed me better ways to make work easy and smart.
What is your advice to young aspiring designers?
Dream big but start small no matter how small but start. I started with my aunt in her shop where she was mainly known for her feminine designs, but here I am now.
What is the most amount you spent on outfits?
I create outfits, so what I spend on what I wear depends on my mood and what resources I have. But the truth is, I can go the extra mile to get what I love, especially the fashion items.
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