Trendsetter to Know: Lorena Witte

Name: Lorena Witte

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Age: 20

Title: Fashion Design student at Arizona State University, Vice President of the Business of Fashion Club

Married/Single: single

Kids: 0

City you live in: Tempe

I was born…

in Mesa, but I grew up in Tucson, AZ.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

as a native desert girl, I love the desert scenery, the mountains and the breathtaking sunsets. I feel so lucky to have grown up with mostly sunny days and piercing blue skies. I feel like my Arizona upbringing definitely influences my designs and artistic intuition.

I’m listening to…

anything either R&B, rap, or indie house music. My most listenend to songs are probably Chances by Kaytranada or CPR by Summer Walker.

My family…

is half Brazilian, half American and my role models! There are so many strong women in my family that I look up to. They are the source of my aspirations!

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Harry Styles, duh!

One thing I cannot live without…

sunny days and blue skies!

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a rockstar! I even threw a tantum when I was little because I didn’t want to take my rockstar Halloween costume off, lol.

I’m inspired by…

Simon Jacquemus, Alessandro Michele from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and my best friend, Angel. All of the above are cutting-edge innovators, who are not afraid to go against the grain all while spreading an important message. My goal as a designer is to embrace that fearlessness and create the unexpected while expressing my personal messages.

The one person who motivates me is…

my mom! I wouldn’t be anywhere without her help and support.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the constant exploitation of people all around the world.

The perfect day would be…

a spa day spent at a Tuscan resort in Florence, surrounded by my friends and family, followed by shopping and dinner in Milan!

My first job was…

selling popsicles for Paletas Betty, which is now Kung Fu Tea on Mill Ave. I now work as a Buyer for Buffalo Exchange!

My favorite escape…

is reading, watching my favorite TV shows, or listening to music.

My life…

is both challenging and exciting! I think that maintaining a positive attitude and a will to succeed help get me through the more trying times. However, without the challenging moments I would miss out on valuable lessons so I am thankful for those.

I’m currently working on…

designing a three-piece Spring/Summer collection inspired by the idea of Lagom, a Swedish word meaning “not too little, not too much”.

Always…

try new things, even if no one has done it before you.

Never…

be afraid of public judgement when putting together an outfit. In the words of my manager, Cornell, “If I’m not getting weird looks then I’m not doing something right”.

Favorite Quote…

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

Biggest Dream…

is to be featured in Vogue for my designs or to have a celebrity wear something I make!

My Pet Peeve(s)…

inauthentic people, especially those who pretend to be something they aren’t. Life’s too short to waste your time like that! 



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