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Meet Fabiana Pigna of FABIANA PIGNA in Arts District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fabiana Pigna.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I launched my namesake line in 2014 while working full time for another designer.

I had little to no money, so it had to be a very edited and focused project, I also did my own patterns and first prototypes and still do to this day.

It started with nine blouses made in a very special white Japanese poplin. The concept was to use the blouses as blank canvases and to bring attention to different sculptural cuts and silhouettes.

The collection started growing steadily and I was able to leave my job and focus my energy on the business. Currently, the line has grown to a small womenswear line that extends to different categories.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is never a smooth ride in fashion. There are so many obstacles and it is very labor intensive, so you have to have a genuine love for the craft to remain in the game.

You make many rookie mistakes in the beginning, but the trick is how fast are you able to come up with a good solution and learn not to dwell too much.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Fabiana Pigna is a family business venture by Fabiana (the designer) and husband screenwriter Miles Brandman. Launched in Spring 2015 with a capsule collection of 9 white blouses all crafted in Japanese poplin, the brand started as a side project while Fabiana was still working for other designers.

The business has grown organically into more categories, however, the main concepts of strong shirting offerings, clean sculptural silhouettes and high-quality craftsmanship made in the USA still remain the brand’s priority.

We are extremely proud to have grown a business with very little capital and to champion local craftsmanship and family businesses around the city of Los Angeles.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely, Los Angeles is ripe with opportunities for small designers. The fashion landscape is changing rapidly and a lot of people are moving their businesses to LA because production houses are much more accommodating to smaller companies and their limited orders. I think the main thing that the city could do to improve is to offer more incentives for small businesses and more training opportunities in the trade.

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Photography Paley Fairman

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