A Day in the Life of a Designer

Katarina Papadopoulos


What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?

I think about my outfit! My appearance means a lot, I have to look presentable at work. I always think about what I am going to wear before I think about anything else.

What can you not leave the house without?

My scarf and my lippy! in this weather, I need my scarf to keep me warm and feel comforted and you need a good lippy to match with that!

What is your afternoon craving?

Well, I think all the team knows it is yoghurt! I need something healthy and light to snack on to keep my brain working! I jazz it up with a bit berries and nuts! This then repeats about 3 times in the day.

What/Who is your inspiration?

That is definitely something to think about. I am a shopaholic so I usually see what is in trend and my mind just goes its way and voila I have created something amazing in my head. At the same time, I do love Stella McCartney and Donna Karen. However, ELVI is something different and what is made comes out of love and just creativity from your own mind.

If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?

I would have to go somewhere warm, I do not mind where but just somewhere where I can lay on the beach and get a good old golden tan. Nobody likes the cold and definitely not me.

What are your staple wardrobe pieces?

To stay on trend, you need a good, warm coat, especially for the wintery days. A pair of statement boots that are yet still comfortable to work in and the obvious, a handbag (which I can not live without)

What do you get up to when you are not at work?

I love to have a little me time, I do this by doing a little gardening! it is therapeutic and so relaxing. I love eating out and trying out all sorts of new places. I also love letting my hair down and dancing! it is so much fun just letting yourself go a little.

What are your favourite 3 pieces from ELVI?

I have to say, I love everything but I do have key pieces which I adore. Firstly it is the black Mac from AW15, I absolutely love the subtlety of it and you can wear it with anything. My second piece is the fur shearling gilet, I think that is everyone’s favourite. It is definitely a statement coat which I love as it is just so warm. The third has to be the marble print palazzo trousers which are just so comfortable yet so chic!

What is the last thing you do when you go to bed?

I brush my teeth! haha I think that is a given. I recap on the whole day and think about everything I have done. It is more for myself to organise my mind and let me think about what I need to do the next day. It is like having a check list in my head! I love it!

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