SPON DIOGO

...designing for women who are urban, social and strong

Mia Lisa Spon and Rui Andersen Rodrigues Diogo have worked together as a design team for more than four years and have designed for various companies on projects such as male / female Prêt-à-Porter collections, jewellery, bags, identity programmes etc. Mia Lisa Spon is a trained tailor and has worked for Danish and Swedish fashion and apparel companies. Rui Andersen Rodrigues Diogo is self-taught in the field of design. Rui ran an art gallery and boutique in Reykjavík and has worked as an arts editor on Danish fashion magazine III and with industrial and graphic design. They both live and work in Copenhagen.

Nothing inspires us like…
Seeing a woman dressed to the point where her powers embodied are equal to her projected image. This revolves around a balance between her inner self and her social mirror.

We hope…
To reflect our social and cultural outlook in whatever we approach. We hope to see people catch the socio-political undercurrent rooted in our work.

Cultural infuences…
Are delicately hinted at in our designs. We strive to project a very urban climate, a modern notion of a social context dense with cultural references, but always merely hinted at.

We got where we are...
Through going deeper and deeper into the matter at hand. But more important than where you are is where you are going. We believe it’s more important to always remain a good student; instead of striving to become a master.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be too referential.

Studios make us…
Want to work. Like going to fabric suppliers or hardware stores. We always get an urge to create by the multiple intrinsic possibilities of materials or a space. When visiting a painter, we feel the urge to work with colours, when visiting a sculptor, we want to work in a spacious context etc. Now to build a collection is a totally different matter altogether.

Money makes…
You not happy. Things are just easier – a whole lot easier.

Love now because…
The idea of the alternative is unbearable.

We have never…
Thought playfulness to be part of our way of designing, but upon reflection we found a great deal of narration in our pieces. We have found this in the very literal way; we lend the viewer a continuous flow round the female body.

We once thought…
That we had framed and defined our approach to designing, but discovered that it would mean creative suicide to refrain from developing our expressions. Mannerisms and persistence, we find, lead to a boring and unsatisfied life for us as designers.

Love is…
"Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it...It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more." Erica Jong – We can’t state it clearer!

There's a new...
Freedom of expression latent in our times. The dissolution of language that will follow the critical state we are in will feed new values and thus never-before-seen expressions of beauty.

Pain comes from...
Loss, but so does knowledge.

We get bored easily...
It’s all about feeding your curiosity endlessly.

We like making...
Pieces that give you a sense of being spoiled – comfort being a crucial parameter in our approach. If you are clad in a beautiful silk gown, it is almost impossible not to radiate comfort and thus self-indulgent beauty. The maxim is the better you feel, the better you look.