Self-Isolation Diary: A Day in the Life of Designer Andrew Coimbra

Self-Isolation Diary: A Day in the Life of Designer Andrew Coimbra

picture by Patrick Lacsina. design by kayleen dicuangco.

“To be fairly sincere I’ve thought, ‘what’s the level?’ at the very least 5 instances earlier than actually reflecting and considering extra optimistically about the place the world may be for the Spring 2021 retail interval.”

As folks across the nation wind down their sixth week of self-isolation, FASHION is reaching out to a few of our favorite Canadians to get a peek into how they’re residing their lives in lockdown (bear in mind: #StayHomeSaveLives). Every week, preserve an eye fixed out for brand new self-isolation diaries from actors, designers, athletes and artists who’re driving this unsure day out with us.

Andrew Coimbra, Designer

Wheeewwww! 

The previous couple of weeks have been a really distinctive and difficult expertise. Like many, I’ve grow to be extremely targeted on the climbing numbers that replicate the an infection charges the world over, the brand new authorities protocols in response to these numbers, and the private tales coming from pals everywhere in the world. I’d be mendacity if I stated I didn’t really feel consumed by it. It seems like we’re residing in a Margaret Atwood novel!



It ought to go with out saying that my coronary heart goes out to my pals and members of my household who’re within the healthcare business. I’ve made some extent of touching base to verify in with them typically, and ensuring that they’ve a non-healthcare business particular person to vent to. Folks underestimate how emotionally exhausting a task in healthcare will be on a ‘regular’ day, and that the chance to flee the inner politics of all of it generally is a reward.



Within the meantime, I’ve been maintaining myself busy—or I ought to say, I’ve been made to be saved busy by advantage of my residing scenario. I’m fortunate sufficient to stay with my superb household—9 of us in a single home. It’s all a part of the European new-immigrant fantasy established by my Avó and Avô (Portuguese for Grandmother and Grandfather), honeyyyy! 

As our household enterprise remains to be in operation (it’s thought-about an ‘important enterprise’ by the Authorities of Ontario on the time of scripting this), my niece and nephew have been caught at residence and require residence education. My mom and I’ve been taking turns taking part in Educator. I concern for his or her future as a result of I don’t think about they’ll be capable to hand in any invaluable schoolwork with my strict curriculum of RuPaul’s Drag Race, mid-day face masks breaks, taking part in with Barbie/Ken dolls, and attempting on completely different IG filters. 

Joking… largely.

picture courtesy andrew coimbra



After I’m not in ‘Guncle’ mode, I’ve been fairly targeted on mapping out the way forward for my label, now greater than ever. I’ve accomplished a bit of little bit of reaching out to different designers to see the place their heads are, however I believe for essentially the most half everybody’s scenario is so distinctive and that has a really huge impression on their trajectory. The cancellation of Males’s Trend Week in Paris on the finish of June was an enormous milestone, and after such a weak Fall 2020 shopping for season in February (affected by the onset outbreak of COVID-19 in Asia), it was an unwelcome added layer of ‘grim.’

To be fairly sincere I’ve thought, ‘what’s the level?’ at the very least 5 instances earlier than actually reflecting and considering extra optimistically about the place the world may be for the Spring 2021 retail interval. 

So, I’ve excitedly begun creating Spring 2021.

A little bit of actually excellent news that helped me really feel extra assured about this choice is that I used to be simply chosen as a finalist in a design competitors that may be a partnership between Not Only a Label, a extremely implausible platform that works to help rising design expertise internationally, and Swatch On, an equally implausible on-line useful resource for material. I can’t launch particulars simply but, however I’m excited nonetheless as a result of the prize of a credit score to make use of towards material buying takes the large weight of allocating finances to material buying off my shoulders, and in the end makes specializing in different parts within the course of quite a bit simpler.



I’m desperately nervous concerning the long-term results—economically, emotionally and bodily—that the pandemic may have on all of us. However for now I’m attempting to keep up an optimistic outlook on how we are able to use this second to coach ourselves to be extra aware of others and the methods through which we are able to make the techniques many people depend on extra accessible to marginalized people, in order that we’re higher geared up sooner or later.



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