Designer Spotlight: Csera & The Surface Design
Many of us college fashionistas are enjoying the perks of fall; pumpkin spice lattes, pea-coats and ankle boots, and signing leases for next year’s off-campus living arrangements! Okay…so the last one isn’t as fun, but for some it is the first time living in a house or apartment, and with that comes decorating! Pinterest is a huge help, but for spicing up my living space, I’m shopping Csera & The Surface Designs.
Carbon Magazine: What is the inspiration behind creating the phone cases and pillows?
Carly: Not being able to find what I wanted to adorn my home and phone, it inspired me to create my own line.
CM: How do you describe your brand’s personal style?
C: Earthy, eco loving and mischievous!
CM: Do you have a muse when it comes to designing?
C: The late Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood are my idols.
CM: How do you think your brand stands out amongst other companies that sell a similar product?
C: I am a textile designer, illustrator, artist and graphic designer all rolled into one. I give people what they love. My products are all handmade with love and I do this for the love of art, fashion and illustration…not profit.
CM: How do you stay updated on the latest trends?
C: Reading your magazine of course!
CM: What kind of person do you design for?
C: Hmm, toughy…my pillows and cases are literally for everyone. All ages, genders, and styles. But to narrow it down, a young 18-30 year old with a wicked sense of style and an attitude to match!
I received a wonderfully designed phone case and pillow from Carly. The phone case was as unique as possible, fit for a fashionista. The style and durability allowed my clumsy self to drop my phone multiple times and still look stylish doing it. The pillow accented my dorm room perfectly! I color-blocked my dorm space into a few neutral colors, but throwing in the attention-catching piece was exactly what It needed. While most dorms don’t allow much décor, you can make your living space into a home thanks to Carly & The Surface Designs.