life in technicolor: meet spencer!

Have you ever wondered how we come up with the variety of colours we make our products in? Take a glimpse into the vibrant mind of  Spencer Wyatt, our Colour Designer. He's one cool dude with a passion for making lives (and yoga classes) a whole lot brighter.

q&a with spencer

alexis: where are you from?

spencer: Massillon, Ohio.

alexis: in two sentences or less, tell us what you do.  

spencer: I'm responsible for building and naming our seasonal colours and palettes.

alexis: how do you get inspired to create or choose colours?  

spencer: I am a visual sponge, soaking up the world around me. I often pull colour inspiration from travel, blogs, food, shopping, movies, and trend agencies. People watching is not only a hobby, but a functional aspect of my job. We also have seasonal design themes which I use to filter all my blue sky ideas into intentional colour strategies.

alexis: what is the biggest change about moving from Boston to Vancouver?  

spencer: The food! Sorry Boston, but Vancouver's food scene is to die for!

alexis: who is your style icon?

spencer: Andre 3000, hands down. He is an all-around inspiration.

alexis: has there ever been a colour in nature that you haven't been able to recreate or identify?  

spencer: I find the variety of colours within fire intriguing, yet nearly impossible to generalize into one actual colour.

alexis: what is your favourite album of the moment?

spencer: Outkast's debut album "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" is my timeless favorite.

alexis: how do you create colour names each season?  

spencer: I set out to make fun colour names that make our guests smile.  Fresh cut produce tends to be a key source for stimulating colour names.  I may usually add humorous or suggestive adjectives to electrify. I always love colour names that just slide off the tongue like "warm butter."

alexis: if you could travel to any city for a day, where would you go?

spencer: Japan.

alexis: what is your favourite colour this season? 

spencer: Guava Lava, from W13, is still one of my favs thus far, followed by Greyvy, an awesome grey-navy neutral coming in Spring 14.

alexis: tell us about a goal that you have.  

spencer: I am passionate about bringing colour into the peoples' lives, especially in the form of wardrobe accentuating.   This year I will be launching a men's style blog aimed to both inspire and prescribe freshness for gents looking to get the most out their closets.  In the interim I am using my Outfit of the Day (#ootd) as a visual tutorial, on both instagram and Facebook, to showcase my vision for styling men's colour, pattern, and silhouette.  [follow me @moistvelvet on Instagram].

alexis: I heard a crazy small-world story about you and a co-worker. Can you tell us about it?  

spencer: Andrea Cilona, the new colorist here, and I eerily have a lot in common. My father was Andrea's father's industrial arts teacher in high school. Andrea's brother and I nearly shared a birthday (two days apart) but our mother's shared a hospital wall. Lastly, our parents currently live less than a mile away from each other in a one-stoplight town, Waynesburg, Ohio. Yet Andrea and I have never met until moving to Vancouver.

alexis: how do you sweat each day?

spencer: I mainly snowboard, do hot yoga, and push my fixed gear bike to the limits.

We think Spencer has one of the coolest jobs in the world! What would your dream job be if you knew you couldn't fail? Can you create it? And what colour do you want that we haven't made yet? Tell us!

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I love the Technicolor products! And there is a variety of colors and combinations. Keep up the good work Spencer!

Comment by Jen — April 10, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

the color of my beet juice!

Comment by Rachael Cameron — April 10, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

Agree with what Rachael says above – beet juice coloured product would be GORGEOUS! :)

Comment by Carolyn — April 10, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

Love all the fun names Spencer comes up with. I love bright, fun, jewel tones…..and in summer especially oranges, pinks, greens….like a tropical vacation. Color mixing like 2 tone batiks are cool and different.
It would be super cool if Lulu came out with some fun snowboarding clothes!! :)

Comment by Kristen — April 10, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

I know Spencer from a previous job and he is not only a great guy but an extremely talented and versatile designer. He doesn’t mention it but he’s worked on kids footwear, was an apparel designer for several years and now is a great colour designer. Well done for Lulu for hiring this amazing “find”. Spencer is one to watch in the future and he lives in colour as much as he designs it….

Comment by Heather — April 11, 2013 @ 1:23 am

I know Spencer because, well, he’s brother. I’m so proud of him! He has stayed true to himself ever since he was little and it truly impresses me how he has worked to make his dreams come true.

Good on you, baby brother!

Comment by Bry — April 11, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

The bright colours are awesome – but please more heathered charcoal pants! They’re nice for hiding bum “imperfections” :)

Comment by marbie — April 12, 2013 @ 11:54 am

I wold love to see some deep, rich colours like dark purple. I’m not a fan of all these light colours, with my whiter then white skin tone I am washed out.

Comment by Rhéal — April 12, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

I have been a big fan for years and most own at least 65 Lulu pieces. As a triathlete I love your reflective accents since I’m up early training outside before sunrise. But I’d also love to see some more colors like navy, forest green, mahogany, chocolate brown, burgundy. These are great winter colors that haven’t been explored. Terrific alternatives to the very tired black that we all wear.

Comment by Lauren — April 12, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

I second batik prints, or even tie tied!

Comment by Susan P — April 12, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

I would love to see more rich jewel tones – like a deep blue tone red instead of the bright orange red tones.

Comment by Dawn — April 13, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

I would love to see purples comes out. Dense Purple, Lolo, Majestic in scuba, racerback and forme jackets!!

Comment by Ella Young — April 17, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

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