One of the best things about living in LA are the amazingly stylish people you bump in to on a regular basis. Designer Leticia Garcia of LEKUIN is one of those uber-stylish originals we were lucky enough to meet during LAFW.  She had on a yellow top that “we just had to know where she got it,” and sure enough, it was one of her designs. The TGIFguide team has since fostered an obsession with her Basic Collection, Tisse Collection, and everything in between.

We had a chance to pick her brain about inspiration, trends and technology, check it out below!

What’s your background? Did you always want to be a designer or did it just sort of evolve one day? 

I’ve been always involved in fashion, I started modeling when I was 15 and I was always so attracted to the creative process of things. After many years of traveling and working with incredibly talented people, I began styling and coordinating Fashion Shows and Photo Shoots. In the mean time I started to design things for myself which caught the attention of people who were always asking me if they could buy them from me. So I decided to create my first Collection and after that there was no stopping for me!

Where does your design concept come from and What inspred you to start shredding the fabrics? 

My inspiration comes from the street most of the time and sometimes it has nothing to do with fashion.
I love the feeling of old oxidize metals, washed walls, worn distressed cloths ,anything that has the track of time and shows the essence of things.
Textures come first, silhouettes always follow.

Where are you selling now?

Who would be your ideal person to dress?
Kate Lanphear
Chloe Sevigny
Florence Welch
Daphne Guinness

What trends do you see happening in fashion now and/or what excites you most about how the fashion industry has changed in regards to technology?

I think nowadays everything goes, decades keep coming back making huge statements , I don’t follow trends so whatever makes  me feel good, comfortable and matches my personality is the style I go for.

Technology is everything , I run my entire business from my phone, I’m always on the run so I don’t know what would I do without it.
There are no limits, it  is super exciting to know that anything you imagine is possible and there is always a way  and somebody that can make it happen.


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Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.