The Side Hustle: The Jacket Company

Bianca de Zilva joins us this week for The Side Hustle — her hand-painted clothing brand The Jacket Company showcases her creative side with fun, statement designs.

6th June 2017
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Hi, Bianca. What's your everyday job?

That’s hard to answer because I work four jobs; this is London, you need to. Plus, I love to work.

What's your side hustle?

I work as a nanny, a personal assistant, at an interiors store, and for myself at TJC — they are all equally a side hustle. Each job gets a time slot every day.

How did you first get into making jackets?

When I first arrived to London in 2015, I bought a fab denim bomber and thought it wasn’t quite fab enough; so I painted on the back and got a lot of great feedback. Two years later: here we are.

Star Girl - The Jacket Company
Woollen Kisses - The Jacket Company

How do you balance your time doing your job and your side hustle?

If you want something bad enough, you will make time for everything. I have a very busy schedule but I allocate times for each job, prioritising them, of course.

Who's your favourite designer?

Possibly the hardest question, because all of my favourites are so drastically different! But it’s probably between Kym Ellery from ELLERY because of the perfect structure, and John Galliano – everything he has ever created – because of the flawless detail on his designs. Also Karl Lagerfeld does no wrong with his timeless designs for Chanel.

How do you keep inspired?

I keep inspired because of a number of reasons:

1) Fashion and creating fashion will never bore me.

2) Sex and the City is a massive inspiration in my life; I’m sure a lot of people can agree with me on that.

3) By owning TJC I have the opportunity to create anything I like and put it out into the world for others to appreciate. If that doesn’t inspire you, then I don’t know what does. Fashion and art is constantly exciting.  

Denim Jacket - The Jacket Company

If you could travel to a new location, where would it be?

India! I am half Sri Lankan. I have the biggest appreciation and love for the Southern Asian culture.

If you could only eat three cuisines for the rest of your life, what would they be?

I’ve just turned pescatarian and dairy-free, but pre-pescatarian life: anything made by my beautiful mother, particularly her spaghetti bolognese — only if it’s been cooking for eight hours, nothing less.  Some sort of meat heavy curry, and sushi or Japanese food. I’d also be happy to eat creamy mashed potatoes or cheesecake for the rest of my life.

Thanks Bianca!

Want to check out Bianca’s work for yourself? Head on over to her website or follow her on Instagram.

You can also shop from her Depop account.

 

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