Featured Designing Mom: Agni Tilla

by Cat on May 13, 2013

I am a fan of Kate Spade Saturday so when I saw that they were teaming up with May 28th to offer these bright, jubilant watches I got a bit excited. To celebrate this collaboration, we’re giving away this pop abstract May 28th watch from Kate Spade! To enter send me an email at momincdaily@gmail.com and tell me what features, posts, stories you enjoy or would like to see more of here at Mom Inc Daily.

And up today on our featured designing mom we have none other than the uber talented designer behind May 28th, Agni Tilla. She is such a creative force…read on to find out what inspires her!

 

 

As a designer, where do you look for sources of inspiration?

My source of inspiration changes all the time. In the past, I would look for inspiration while traveling, in nature and surrounding architecture, but today its conversations with people that give me a lot of inspiration to create new designs. People’s stories form certain images in my mind, which later becomes May28th watch designs.

 

 

 

We live in such a digitized age, why do you think it’s still important to wear a watch?

I think of a May28th watch is more of an accessory than a time teller. When I started creating May28th watches, I didn’t only think about functionality; the main idea was to create watches that you can mix and match with your outfits and mood of the day.

How do you balance being a mother and a successful designer?

First of all, this is all possible with amazing support from my husband Janis, and business partner and Toms’ godmother, Gillian. Also, I’m always trying to trust my instincts on how to raise a kid and run a business together. When something doesn’t feel right, I try figure out why and how to change that before making any decisions. As soon as I forget to ask myself, “Is this the right thing to do?”, I can already feel this imbalance in my life.

 

InstaWatch is so cool! What gave you the idea for it?

Thanks! We had been thinking about creating a watch?customization?platform for a while, but we also wanted to make sure that the custom watches people make for themselves or as gifts would always look great. Then we realized that photos taken with Instagram always look so amazing and people can get very creative with the app. That gave as an idea to pair Instagram and May28th watches together. Our everyday work is now so much more exciting because of InstaWATCH. It’s always fun to see our customers’ creations.

 

How do you encourage creativity with your son?

Toms has always been more interested in exploring things by himself, and we try to provide as many opportunities within our abilities for him to do so. As we are travelling quite often, Toms gets plenty of opportunity to have new experiences and observations. Our son loves to dance and I enjoy being his DJ. We take note of what rhythms he likes the most and what new dance moves he develops. I can’t wait for him to start speaking! I can already visualize our long conversations about life as he sees it.

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