The missing piece in the industry: Interview with the founder of Filling Pieces, Guillaume Philibert

The missing piece in the industry: Interview with the founder of Filling Pieces, Guillaume Philibert

Guillaume is the founder and creative director of filling pieces. With his brand, he has embarked on a mission to bridge the gap between two segments; high-end fashion and streetwear.

 

It all started with a silhouette and quickly evolved into a collection. Then, out of necessity, Guillaume came up with the idea of designing shoes because he was missing something. Filling Pieces completed that missing piece, what he was missing in the industry.

 

For him, creativity means creating things that are different and solving a problem simultaneously. For the creator of Filling Pieces, creativity is a tool to solve the issues and a state of mind that everyone can achieve in their way.

 

In the interview, Guillaume gives us an insight into his life and what drove him to create Filling Pieces.

 

“I started designing out of a feeling of necessity, and something I felt was missing in the market, that evolved to a brand that bridges the gap between different people, cultures, and disciplines. With the brand, we feel responsible for making good products that last longer and creating a positive change in the world by decreasing the environmental footprint and celebrating diversity. Each brand’s product, project, or activation needs to fit within the ‘Bridging the Gap’ vision and values. Otherwise, we don't do it.”

 

Hey Guillaume, how are you doing? I'm happy that you're here for the interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers and tell them about your work?

My name is Guillaume Philibert, 32 years old and living in Amsterdam. I started Filling Pieces roughly 11 years ago with the mission to bridge the gap between 2 segments in fashion, high-end fashion and streetwear.

We started with one footwear silhouette that quickly evolved to a more extensive collection of shoes, and for two years, we also tapped into apparel and other accessories. As the creative director, I oversee all projects from a branding and image point of view.

 

Why did you choose to do what you are doing now? Did you have a specific vision of your life and of Filling Pieces?

I started designing out of necessity, and something I felt was missing in the market evolved to a brand that bridges the gap between different people, cultures, and disciplines. With the brand, we feel responsible for making good products that last longer and creating positive change in the world by decreasing the environmental footprint and celebrating diversity. Each brand’s product, project, or activation needs to fit within the ‘Bridging the Gap’ vision and values. Otherwise, we don't do it.

 

Creativity has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. Some people are trying to get out of their comfort zone to chase their dreams. What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity has always had the same meaning, which is doing things differently enough to either change something for the better or solve a problem. For me, creativity is a state of mind that everyone has, but you need to un-lock. For me, creativity is a tool to improve things, whether that's a product, a campaign, or a space.

 

You've been doing what you do creatively for quite some time. Could you ever imagine doing something else?

I don't see myself in a non-creative environment; For example, I feel my skill-set and creativity apply in different disciplines or spaces. I would love to get into architecture again or industrial design!

 

We don't know what the future holds for us. Nobody knows it. How do you imagine the future?

It's hard for me to envision precisely, but I like to look at the youth, as they are the future. What drives them, what music they listen to, what art they are into, what are they wearing. That combined with all technology that's newly founded or looking back at trends that were cool when I was younger and now back again, these are things that help me create a future vision.

 

You must have to go through a few hurdles in your career. Which one has shaped and influenced you the most? For what are you most grateful?

One of the biggest challenges was dealing with the blurred lines between personal and business. Being forced to grow up at a young age (19 when I started, while the company started growing at a high pace around the age of 22), I was so evolved in all aspects, same for my friends that I hired. Then it was to me a complicated and challenging process to avoid mixing personal relationships with business, but I learned the most from it to see these two domains separately.

 

What advice would you give to someone striving for his visionaries, too?

You need to give everything to achieve, stay humble no matter your position, and never be too old to learn, especially from the younger generations.

 

Thanks for your time!

Love bro!

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