q’s by Beata Kanter

campaign photos by Asya Cetin

campaign creative direction by Gia Seo


 

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Beata Kanter: Where did you grow up?

Gizem Gul: Istanbul. I spent my childhood on the Asian side, and my teenage years were on the European side.

 

 

BK: Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

GG: My mood would depend on, but I am mostly a realist.

 

 

BK: What is your vice?

GG: For a long time, it was smoking; now it’s juuling – trying to quit time to time.

 

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BK: Do you enjoy the pace of New York City?

GG: I love keeping up with it, and I simply love to be part of it. So far, I have never regretted moving here, despite its never-ending challenges.

 

 

BK: Describe your perfect day.

GG: Warm weather, sunshine, a perfectly made latte, my love Ekin, and our dogs Naomi & Ivan.

 

 

BK: Favorite book and favorite movie?

GG: My favorite movie is Kill Bill Series; I can watch them all the time. I can’t choose a favorite book, but I am recently reading Ulrich Lehmann’s Tigersprung, Fashion in Modernity.

 

 

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BK: Did you receive a formal education? Thoughts on formal education?

GG: I have two degrees – one is Art Management, and one in Fashion Design. But I don’t think formal education is crucial unless you are a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Artistic experience can be received out of school greatly. Formal education teaches people what to think, not how to think - which is limiting for the mind, especially when it comes to creative thinking. 

 

 

BK: If you had to wear tinted glasses for the rest of your days, which shade would you choose?

GG: Something between yellow and orange – to make me feel like there is always sunshine.

 

 

BK: Could you explain the path you took to your current job?

GG: Well, it has many chapters. To sum it up: I studied Art Management and worked at galleries and museums for a while, moved to London after my graduation to hone my skills, then moved back to Istanbul and started my professional fashion career. After a couple of years, I decided that I want to be in the heart of fashion again, so this time I moved to New York, graduated from the FIT, worked for Vaquera, Proenza Schouler, and Helmut Lang - then decided to have my line, Somme Slovi.

 

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BK: Describe your dream home. Where would it be?

GG: Not sure about the location, but it is very close to my dream studio so that I can avoid traffic. And something big with enormous windows with lots of sunlight and very high ceilings - and filled with my loved ones.

 

 

BK: Favorite food?

GG: Definitely fresh pasta.

 

 

BK: How do you tackle creative block?

GG: I leave the thing I am working on and distract myself with something else for a while.

 

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BK: Do you prefer lovers or relationships? How does each type of interaction influence you as a person and an artist?

GG: I prefer a sincere communication, doesn’t matter in what form it comes.

 

 

BK: Where do you go to set your mind free?

GG: I have been skating for over 15 years, so far it is the most effective thing that clears my mind.

 

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q’s by Beata Kanter

campaign photos by Asya Cetin

campaign creative direction by Gia Seo


 

1/6

 

Beata Kanter: Where did you grow up?

Gizem Gul: Istanbul. I spent my childhood on the Asian side, and my teenage years were on the European side.

 

 

BK: Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

GG: My mood would depend on, but I am mostly a realist.

 

 

BK: What is your vice?

GG: For a long time, it was smoking; now it’s juuling – trying to quit time to time.

 

2/6

 

BK: Do you enjoy the pace of New York City?

GG: I love keeping up with it, and I simply love to be part of it. So far, I have never regretted moving here, despite its never-ending challenges.

 

 

BK: Describe your perfect day.

GG: Warm weather, sunshine, a perfectly made latte, my love Ekin, and our dogs Naomi & Ivan.

 

 

BK: Favorite book and favorite movie?

GG: My favorite movie is Kill Bill Series; I can watch them all the time. I can’t choose a favorite book, but I am recently reading Ulrich Lehmann’s Tigersprung, Fashion in Modernity.

 

 

3/6

 

BK: Did you receive a formal education? Thoughts on formal education?

GG: I have two degrees – one is Art Management, and one in Fashion Design. But I don’t think formal education is crucial unless you are a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Artistic experience can be received out of school greatly. Formal education teaches people what to think, not how to think - which is limiting for the mind, especially when it comes to creative thinking. 

 

 

BK: If you had to wear tinted glasses for the rest of your days, which shade would you choose?

GG: Something between yellow and orange – to make me feel like there is always sunshine.

 

 

BK: Could you explain the path you took to your current job?

GG: Well, it has many chapters. To sum it up: I studied Art Management and worked at galleries and museums for a while, moved to London after my graduation to hone my skills, then moved back to Istanbul and started my professional fashion career. After a couple of years, I decided that I want to be in the heart of fashion again, so this time I moved to New York, graduated from the FIT, worked for Vaquera, Proenza Schouler, and Helmut Lang - then decided to have my line, Somme Slovi.

 

4/6

 

BK: Describe your dream home. Where would it be?

GG: Not sure about the location, but it is very close to my dream studio so that I can avoid traffic. And something big with enormous windows with lots of sunlight and very high ceilings - and filled with my loved ones.

 

 

BK: Favorite food?

GG: Definitely fresh pasta.

 

 

BK: How do you tackle creative block?

GG: I leave the thing I am working on and distract myself with something else for a while.

 

5/6

 

 

BK: Do you prefer lovers or relationships? How does each type of interaction influence you as a person and an artist?

GG: I prefer a sincere communication, doesn’t matter in what form it comes.

 

 

BK: Where do you go to set your mind free?

GG: I have been skating for over 15 years, so far it is the most effective thing that clears my mind.

 

6/6

 

 

 

  

 

  for more on Somme Slovi