” What it takes for Indonesian fashion to make it on the global fashion stage are knowledge, determination, and hard work “
select by ROOMOOMO interviewed the under-the- spotlight emerging fashion designer Peggy Hartanto to find out more about her fashion journey.
Since I was little I was involved so much in stage performances, I thought I will be a professional dancer or ice skater when I grow up.
Fashion design is a profession that has never crossed my mind until when I was in high school and become more interested in clothes. I always loved art and I realized that fashion is a great medium for my passion, as well as a promising career.
How did your designs and the brand evolve from the early collections to now?
PEGGY HARTANTO’s design is an extension of my personal style, and it also evolves by time, along with my interest and experience. On the other hand we also take our customer’s input into account, and the collection has now grown larger. From the event-only staples, we now have pieces that woman can wear everyday such as chic shirts, or feminine cropped tops.
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Indonesians are proud of the detailed design, and a high quality craftsmanship. Although our style characteristic is not surfacing Indonesian’s culture, we adopt this value thoroughly.
What’s the biggest challenge for you to bring your designs to the world?
The world is huge, and we introduce our designs to them through celebrities, bloggers, and retailers. It is very important to have people and retailers that represent your brand well and strong, because the competition out there is stiff. The biggest challenge is to find the right person or company to work together.
When you compare yourself to other prominent fashion designers of Indonesia, where do you see yourself?
As designers, we complement each other. Each and every designer carries different characteristics, and different styles. PEGGY HARTANTO focuses more on the feminine bold silhouette, which is presented in its minimalist look.
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” Have my parents to witness my progress, as a designer and a person, is the proudest moment of my career journey. “
My parents came to the PEGGY HARTANTO debut runway show at Jakarta Fashion Week in 2012 to support me at the student/graduate runway show representing Raffles College, Australia. 3 years forward, in 2015 they came again to the same fashion week, to watch my runway as the final show, Dewi Fashion Knight, which is the most prestigious runway in JFW.