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  • Oh my… I can’t stress enough how long I’ve been waiting for this post to air… Karni and Lior, the duo behind Liebling, are like an extended family here at DesignBreak ;)
    For their 2011 Summer Collection, I was lucky enough to get a closer look into their creative processes and more…
    So, here comes one of my personal favorite One On One Breaks!
    Oh… I forgot to mention I really don’t take their stunning catalog for granted.
    {Photos by Kfir Bolotin}

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I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
Actually, we both came from different backgrounds. Lior studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and Karni studied art and building preservation. We both were drawn to the fashion industry but were unsure which path to follow. We both ended up in shoe design studies, where we met. At first, we shared a studio and worked separately on our individual collections. Working side by side led us to understand that we work even better together. After joining forces, we created “Liebling” which means “my darling” in German.
Can you describe your work process for me?
Designing shoes is a very long and complicated process. Sometimes the first prototype we create looks nothing like the one that we decide to manufacture. There are a lot of decisions to be made: which mold to use, the heel height, the soles, the color of the zipper. If we’re not 100% satisfied with one of the models, it never gets manufactured. The best moment is when you get a finished prototype and you just know… It’s a winner :)
I’d love to here about your collaboration, how does it work and who does what?
The design process is very dynamic. Sometimes Karni takes charge and sometimes Lior takes the handles. The bottom line is that we both agree on the final design before it is complete.
Which materials do you work with?
We only work with high quality leather. We import most of it ourselves so we can keep our unique color palate.
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
We participated in an original project by “The Marker” magazine. As part of the project we created our own version to the havaianas flip-flops, incorporating the infinity sign into it. It was a great adventure. “I (Lior) designed the National Chinese weather broadcast. Really, in my last metamorphosis as a graphic designer and I also did a TV ad for adult diapers, that never aired for some reason.”
What’s next? What is your dream?
We just launched our summer collection and we’re already working on the fall-winter line. We have a lot of international customers, buying on-line, through our website. We would really love to start selling properly in Europe and in the US.
I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
This summer collection was inspired by the French Vacance. We found Karni’s Aunt old photos from her summer vacations in the french Riviera. The photos fading colors found their way into the collection, a mix of warm shades of red orange and yellow.
In general, our work is inspired by contemporary design and architecture. We would rather look for inspiration in good graphic design work or in some beautiful detail in a building than in the latest fashion runway.
Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
The Japanese architect Toyo Ito, Charles and Ray Eames and Narciso Rodriguez but it changes all the time.
What about some web sites and blogs that you visit regularly?
DesignBreak, naturally :) We love blogs that are thought provoking. We look in Dezeen which always gives inspiration, and we also like The Cherry Blossom Girl but we also love Bakerella, a sweet cake blog.
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do?
It has been quite hectic these past few years so we cherish every extra hour we can get. We would probably spend it with our partners and loved ones which we hardly get to see. Sleep. Exercise. Hopefully nothing work related…
And finally, What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Yoga is not a competition” ;)