Sam: So what does “The Rodnik Band” mean?
Philip: It’s a fashion label with the word “band” in it. There is a real band, but it’s not the musical kind. It’s basically the Velvet Underground of fashion. That’s what I say, anyway!
Cailli: Do you actually have to be good to be in the band?
Philip: No, it’s all about spirit! Talent can be finicky and boring, but good spirit is everything.
Cailli: Can we be your backup singers? That’s what I’m really hoping.
Philip: Yeah, you guys could totally jam!
Cailli: Tell us what inspires your designs. You’re obviously a fan of food and pop art.
Philip: I think of Rodnik as a pop-art brand. I’m not really into normal fashion, which I see as a regime of trends. After a while, it can be quite vacuous. I’m much more into the idea of making clothes like an artist. Every season I continue the narrative. The clothes are like wearable artworks.
Cailli: How do you interpret fashion as art?
Philip: For me, creativity is about blurring genres, especially fashion and art. Fashion can be a powerful democratic platform to express yourself.
Sam: We’re obsessed with your meat accessories, even though we’re vegetarians.
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