Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorota Zglobicka.
Dorota, please share your story with us.
Since I remember I wanted to be an artist, a painter. When I was a little girl, in primary school, I painted like crazy, mostly watercolors and acrylic, then oil. The obvious choice for me was to follow my instinct, so I went to an art-profiled high-school, where as a teenager I learned about composition, colors, light, shade, golden ratio, history of art, etc. Besides painting, I was also enjoying sculpting – actually, later on, I was torn between painting and sculpting when choosing my specialization. Eventually, I graduated in Multimedia Departments at two Academies of Fine Arts in Gdansk/Poland and Athens/Greece.
After graduating, for more than 10 years, I have worked in Greece in film, video and digital art area. But I always have been interested in clothing, even in primary school, I was designing my own clothes. Back then, I was lucky to co-operate with a very talented seamstress – my mother’s friend – who was sewing up my ideas and taught me a lot. Later, I made myself my prom dress, later my wedding dress… and generally my everyday clothes. For me clothing design it’s like editing a movie or painting, you just using the different material, this is all about the idea, color, composition, texture, and pattern, this is all about art. The only difference is that you can actually wear what you have made 😉 That’s why I love fashion design. All my life, I’ve been creating art and I’ve been loving fashion, therefore, I created: Theo Doro – The Art of Fashion.”
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve started my fashion business 3 years ago in Poland where I had my first fashion show, and then I moved to Arizona strait from Europe. I’ve moved here with my husband Zbig – who is a filmmaker (Oscar, Emmy, MTV winner and many more) We’ve found this beautiful ranch outside of town among trees and saguaros where I’ve created my fashion atelier and we have small film studio where we create my fashion films and currently working on other projects.
So, for me the biggest obstacle was that I moved to complete strange territory, I didn’t know one soul. And I thought “How the heck am I going to sell my designs, how do I meet potential clients, how do I source my fabrics, how do I do this all in the USA?” I showcased my collection at Tucson Fashion Week first and this is how it all started here, meeting first clients, first photographers who wanted to work with me, first models, first interviews, publications etc. And 2 years after moving here I was named Best Designer in Tucson. Then, I was chosen TOP 5 Contemporary Designers at Phoenix Fashion Week 2017. I’ve also shown my collections at New York Fashion Week, San Diego Fashion Week and Border Fashion Week in Mexico. But I love to be a part of small events in the community which are also a great opportunity to meet your target audience.
So, I guess, if you are true to yourself, working hard, not giving up, you will eventually reach your goal. This will not happen overnight, so: patience, work, work, patience!
I sell online my work, at this point though I am talking with a few boutiques to place my designs. We will see how this will go, I am open to propositions but I want to choose what’s best for my brand.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Theo Doro Designs – what should we know?
I create whimsical clothing for the modern woman because life is too short to wear boring clothes.
Since I couldn’t find clothes I liked in the stores and everything looked pretty much the same, sometimes badly made but most of all: boring. I found the gap in “uniqueness”, so… Theo Doro was born.
Theo Doro Brand’s idea was born in Greece (I used to live there). Therefore the name comes from the Greek language which means “Divine Gift” Theo Doro mission is to create outfits for women who wants to feel unique, bold every day not only on special occasions. Theo Doro brand pays attention to detail. A woman who chooses Theo Doro, likes her outfits to be unique, elegant and playful at the same time and definitely not boring. My ultimate goal is to bring comfortable, elegant, playful uniqueness to a modern woman’s life.
Through organizing fashion events where any women can be model, Theo Doro brings people together, taking you to a Fairytale Land, where everybody is Magical.
As a designer, I am inspired by fairy tales, emotions, motion pictures, the history of art and nature.
Besides casual clothing, I create cocktail dresses, evening gowns, as well as sensual, unique wedding dresses for the bride who is looking for something alternative to the conventional styles and white hues. I have my shop online or I invite clients to my Atelier by appointment.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I personally don’t think about what they say in media or anywhere else, If you don’t believe in yourself or in your vision, there is no point in doing it. Because nobody will believe you if you are fake in whatever you do. Take me for example, I am a fresh legal emigrant woman from Poland, I had waited for my visa 10 months, I thought this would never happen. My husband was already here, so we were separated this long. And if was thinking about that, or about hate towards emigrants now, I wouldn’t be able to create anything… and on top of that, I am originally from Poland, which is consider third world country.
I don’t care what they think or say. I know who I am and I know what I got to offer. That’s what counts. I am focusing on a bright side of life, and on the opportunities, I discover on my way. If you don’t see opportunities for you, create one! Not every opportunity is good for you though, you need to learn how to separate them. Because on the way you will have many people saying “Hey! I have great opportunity for you” I’ve heard that many times so far, with time you will learn how to separate it, always choose what’s best for you and your brand, not because they say “this is good for you”. Do your research! Dig deep. Do the work before you say “Yes”
Let’s have our eyes and ears wide open, be real, trust your gut, and do what you love!
- from $50 up to a few thousand
- Website: www.TheoDoro.biz
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theo_doro_fairyland/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theo.doro.35/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorotazglobicka
Photography by Neil Peters, Adelyn Photography, Gila Monster Studios, James Altmanza