A Chat with FIG Clothing Designer Isabella Pasinato
FIG Clothing is one of my favorite travel wear brands — so much so that the company even made me an ambassador for the label. The Montreal-based company shares values that I stand behind: it designs and manufactures all its garments in Canada and has implemented programs that support the local creative community and limit its environmental impact.
FIG’s clothes are well-constructed, versatile, stylish, and extremely comfortable. Their pieces are classic which means they can easily be dressed up or down and are thoughtfully made of durable, travel-friendly material. Plus, they’re designed for women of all shapes, ages, and sizes. FIG Clothing designer Isabella Pasinato is the creative force behind the label who took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about the upcoming Fall line:
How does travel inspire your creativity?
When we start working on a new season, we choose a destination as our inspiration for each collection. It can be a country, region, or city. The colors, the architecture, the customs, the climate, or landscapes are all starting points for a new collection.
KEV and ZOF tops paired with OPA pants
Describe the concept for the new fall line.
We have four different collections for the fall and they all have their own identity. VOYAGE is made for transit and travel and is characterized by comfortable and stylish designs. SAFARI is more adventurous: it has looser fits, draped collars and cascades. CHALET is our cozy fleece collection, made for cold temperatures. Finally, METRO is made for city life.
Three different fabrics define the line. The Ponte di Roma fabric is used for our most structured designs, and we love it for its wrinkle-free quality. We are also introducing a new blend of Merino wool and Micromodal® Air this fall, which is soft, supple and warm – but chic at the same time. Finally we have a great new plaid fabric that’s eco-friendly and easy to care for.
FIG Clothing has a reputation for being both stylish and practical. Can you tell us about some of the functionality you’ve incorporated into the clothing?
We’re all about versatility! We choose quality materials with the avid traveler in mind: stretchy, wrinkle-resistant, wicking, UPF 50, soft to the touch, hypoallergenic, etc… In terms of design, we like to add features that are practical for travelers, like large hoods and long sleeves made to cover their hand, so they can snuggle up when it gets cold on the plane or train.
We also offer items that can be worn multiple ways: ponchos, crossover cardis, and layers. When you don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase, it’s nice to know you can wear one item in a variety of ways, like the KEV cardigan, which can be worn open or close. Our customers love versatile items that follow the trends and allow them to switch it up once they arrive at their destination.
“When you don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase, it’s nice to know you can wear one item in a variety of ways.”
VIE and MAM tops paired with OPA pants
What are some staple pieces you’d recommend packing for any trip?
So hard to choose! For a fall trip, I would recommend definitely recommend the OPA pants, paired with the MAM top. The ZOF shirt, or the VIE top which has the advantage of being comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Just what you need for travel!
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Where do you dream on going next?
Argentina is definitely on my bucket list. I’d love to visit a family that I met when I traveled to Cuba. The country seems fascinating, for both the landscapes and the culture.
Get a peek of the FIG Clothing’s fall and winter collection in our unboxing video.
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Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of discovering the world. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, where she hopes to explore some of Asia for the few couple of years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance graphic designer. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, is an ambassador for FIG Clothing, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.